Sunderland return to the Stadium of Light this Saturday, facing Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough United (KO 3pm).
Phil Parkinson’s men have picked up four points from six in Sky Bet League One so far this season, having claimed our first away scalp in last weekend’s 2-0 win at Oxford United – Luke O’Nien and Lynden Gooch netting in the second half at the Kassam Stadium.
Posh endured a slower start to the campaign, but registered a dramatic victory last time out, coming from behind with two late strikes to secure a 2-1 win over Fleetwood Town at the Weston Homes Stadium.
Saturday’s visitors have suffered two defeats in all competitions so far – beaten 2-0 by Accrington Stanley on the league’s opening weekend along with a 1-0 home reverse by Cheltenham Town in the Carabao Cup – but did run out winners on penalties after a 3-3 EFL Trophy draw with Burton Albion.
Peterborough’s record has improved of late against the Black Cats – the Posh winning 3-0 in the last meeting in August 2019 – but the Lads boast a superior overall record in past meetings, with six victories from 10.
The Lads will be without Morgan Feeney for a significant spell, following an unfortunate hamstring injury sustained in Monday’s under-23 visit to Burnley.
George Dobson remains suspended and serves the second of his three-match ban, with our midfield options potentially boosted by Max Power’s imminent return – it remains uncertain whether he will be fit for the contest. Elliot Embleton is back in full training, but is not yet available in time to face Peterborough.
Ferguson’s Peterborough side will travel up the A1 looking to maintain their upturn in form following last weekend’s last-gasp success over Fleetwood.
The men from East Anglia finished 7th in League One prior to the truncation of the season, level on points with the Lads, and are expected to mount a promotion challenge this term following some astute forward signings.
Darren Ferguson has confirmed his squad are nearing full fitness ahead of the meeting, with teenage midfielder Ricky-Jade Jones available after an injury picked up in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Boreham Wood. The warm-up match also handed minutes to several other returning players, according to the Posh boss.
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