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Sunderland vs Northampton Town [League One]

1 Name: 606 2021-05-09 11:52
Sunderland 0-0 Northampton Town [12:00 BST]

The Black Cats are aiming to finish in third place in the League One table, which in theory would give them a slight advantage in the play-offs.

To do so, they must better Blackpool's result today, but at least Lee Johnson and Co know they have a play-off place booked.

Charlie Wyke and Aiden McGeady could return to the starting line-up today, although Johnson must balance fitness concerns ahead of the two-legged semi-finals later this month.

Sunderland vs Northampton team news - Charlie Wyke starts for Black Cats.

With Sunderland already guaranteed a play-off spot and Northampton already relegated, Lee Johnson could have taken the opportunity to rest key players and give a run-out to some youngsters.

But instead he made just one change to the side that won at Plymouth Argyle last weekend.

Leading scorer Charlie Wyke missed the trip to Home Park with a thigh injury but he returned to the starting XI, taking the place of Ross Stewart.

Stewart, who scored the first goal at Plymouth and was one of the Black Cats' star men, was not even amongst the subs, presumably missing out due to injury.

Aiden McGeady was absent at Plymouth due to a bruised foot, but he was included on the bench today.

SAFC XI: Burge, McLaughlin, Wright, O'Nien, Hume, Power, Scowen, Jones, Gooch, Diamond, Wyke

Substitutes: Matthews, Maguire, O'Brien, Leadbitter, McFadzean, Winchester, McGeady

Northampton Town XI: Mitchell, McWilliams, Horsfall, Jones, Harriman, Morris, Watson, Hoskins, Marshall, Miller, Rose

Substitutes: Woods, Bolger, Roberts, Cross, Ashley-Seal, Jones, Chukwuemeka

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