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Scunthorpe vs Sunderland [League One]

1 Name: 606 2019-01-19 14:46
Scunthorpe vs Sunderland [15:00 GMT]

The Black Cats are looking to get back to winning ways having drawn their last two in the league - albeit against promotion rivals Charlton Athletic and Luton Town.

In Scunthorpe they now face a team in decent form of late, but struggling down in 15th in the table.

The last time they met was in the third game of the season as Sunderland won comfortably at the Stadium of Light. But having changed manager and appointed Stuart McCall, Jack Ross is expecting a tougher challenge this time around.

Can Sunderland get the three points and keep the pressure on Luton and Portsmouth above them?

Jack Ross made three changes to the side that started last weekend’s draw against Luton Town.

Loan signing from Burnley Jimmy Dunne made his debut in place of Jack Baldwin in central defence, with Lee Cattermole taking the place of Dylan McGeouch in midfield, and leading scorer Josh Maja returning from illness and preferred to Charlie Wyke up front.

Baldwin, McGeouch, and Wyke were all included on the bench, as was Duncan Watmore who was fit again after missing the Luton game with a groin problem.

Scunthorpe boss Stuart McCall named an unchanged starting XI, keeping faith with the men who won at Walsall last weekend.

Scunthorpe’s injury problems seem to have eased in recent weeks.

Currently they are only missing long term injury victims Rory Watson, Jordan Clarke, Josh Morris and Ryan Colclough.

Matt Gilks is not too far away after playing an hour of a behind closed doors friendly last week.

Matthew Lund, suffering from a degenerative bone condition, had a five minute cameo against Walsall last week as the Iron try to nurse him back to fitness.

James Perch is currently on nine yellow cards and will incur a suspension if he picks up a booking on Saturday.

Sunderland: McLaughlin, O’Nien, James, Flanagan, Dunne, Power, Cattermole (c), Gooch, McGeady, Maguire, Maja.

Subs: Ruiter, Matthews, Oviedo, McGeouch, Wyke, Watmore, Baldwin

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