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Starting XI: Who’ll line up for Sunderland against the scum today?

Haway, haway, haway, haway me bonny lads!

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This is it. A one-off game against Newcastle. We’ve got little to lose, while the dirty Saudi-money-hungry scum have absolutely everything to lose. We, however, have absolutely everything to gain. We played efficiently against Preston on Monday and have been quietly impressive post-Coventry. And, we have a striker – a striker! – who’s on the scoresheet.

So, who’ll line up for this game for the ages today? We might well go to the three at the back system that worked well against Leeds, but I just don’t think we have the left wing back to play that system against this lot. I think we’ll go with a similar lop-sided system to how we played against Preston, with Pritchard playing narrow from the right in the presumed continued absence of Roberts. If Roberts is fit – which looks unlikely – he’ll play and Jobe might sit out, but I’m working on the presumption Roberts will be sidelined.


Goalkeeper: Anthony Patterson

Haway Patto lad! Get into the scum!

Sunderland v Leeds United - Sky Bet Championship - Stadium of Light Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images

Defenders: Trai Hume, Luke O’Nien, Dan Ballard, Aji Alese

Haway Trai! Haway Luke! Haway Dan! Haway Aji! Get into the black and white (green) scum!

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Midfield: Dan Neil, Pierre Ekwah

Haway Dan! Haway Pierre! Haway, haway, haway!

Sunderland v Norwich City - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Michael Driver/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Attack: Alex Pritchard, Jobe Bellingham, Jack Clarke

Haway Pritch! Same again son. Haway Jobe! Haway Clarkie son. Haway haway haway!

Sunderland v Coventry City - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Michael Driver/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Striker: Naz Rusyn

Get into them Naz! Хейвей Наз, хлопець, потрапи в чорно-білих ублюдків. До біса покидьки. Забий один-два голи і станеш легендою Сандерленда!

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