Sunderland are back on the road this Saturday with a trip to Burton Albion next on the Lads’ agenda.
After back-to-back draws in Sky Bet League One, Jack Ross’ side will be keen to return to winning ways at the Pirelli Stadium, while also ensuring their unbeaten start to the league campaign continues.
Last time out, the Black Cats came from a goal down to earn a point against Fleetwood Town, but it could so easily have been three as the Cod Army clung on in the latter stages.
Burton, meanwhile, have found it a little harder to adjust to League One following their relegation from the second tier.
The Brewers have picked up seven points from seven games and currently sit 17th, winning one of their last four league outings.
That victory – a comprehensive one at 3-0 – was at the start of the month and will provide for food thought for Ross, as it came against an AFC Wimbledon side who pushed the Lads every step of the way.
Nigel Clough’s side also got the better of Aston Villa in the Checkatrade Trophy, with their last outing ending in a 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley.
Just like last season, Liam Boyce is the man to watch with the striker scoring four goals in six league appearances so far this season.
But Clough has numerous selection dilemmas, with their first and second choice goalkeepers – Stephen Bywater and Brad Collins – sidelined.
Jake Buxton, Damien McCrory, John Brayford and David Templeton are also doubtful.
Sunderland, meanwhile, have a plethora of options available following the respective returns of Charlie Wyke and Jerome Sinclair.
With five goals in seven games, Josh Maja is likely to retain his place, but competition for places is hotting up with Aiden McGeady also back in training.
The Lads will be without the suspended Max Power, while Dylan McGeouch is a doubt.
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