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MK Dons vs Sunderland [League One]

1 Name: 606 2021-08-14 14:45
MK Dons vs Sunderland (15:00 BST)

The Black Cats have won both of their games so far this season, with last weekend's 2-1 home victory over Wigan getting Lee Johnson's side off to a positive start.

They followed that up with a 2-1 win at Port Vale in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, and look to add to those victories at Stadium MK today.

Johnson is likely to return to a similar starting line up to that against Wigan after making changes in the cup, with Aiden McGeady and Ross Stewart expected to return, along with Lee Burge in goal.

Dennis Cirkin made his debut after signing from Tottenham.

Full team news:
Lee Johnson handed one of this week's new signings his Sunderland debut, with former Spurs man Dennis Cirkin starting at left-back against MK Dons at Stadium MK.

Fellow new-boy Frederik Alves, who joined on loan from West Ham yesterday evening, did not arrive in time to be eligible for today's game.

After making eight changes for the midweek Carabao Cup win at Port Vale, Johnson reverted to almost the same starting XI that that faced Wigan Athletic on the opening day.

Cirkin's inclusion was the only change, with Luke O'Nien making way - presumably due to injury.

With Cirkin at left-back, that freed up Dan Neil to move back into his natural midfield role where he filled the vacancy left by O'Nien alongside Corry Evans.

Elliot Embleton had been a doubt ahead of the game, but he was passed fit to start in the number ten role.

MK Dons' new head coach Liam Manning also made one change to the side that started the opening league game.

He brought in goalkeeper Andrew Fisher in place of Laurie Walker.

Dons included Sunderland academy product Ethan Robson in their starting XI, having signed him on loan from Blackpool over the summer.

Sunderland: Burge, Winchester, Flanagan, Doyle, Cirkin, Evans, Neil, Gooch, Embleton, McGeady, Stewart

Subs: Patterson, O'Brien, Taylor, Pritchard, Diamond, Wright, Hawkes

MK Dons: Fisher, Watson, Jules, O'Hora, Darling, O'Riley, Twine, Eisa, Robson, Parrott, Harvie

Subs: Ravizzoli, Lewington, Brown, Martin, Baldwin, McEachran, Boateng

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