Most unpredictable Sunderland line up - best to look at who WON'T be playing

It's been a fair few months since I've looked forward to a game at the Stadium of Light.

by GMac88 Saturday, 05 May 2018 01:32 PM Comments
It's been a fair few months since I've looked forward to a game at the Stadium of Light. 


Tomorrow's season finale will be an apt ceremonious close the the worst season in the history of Sunderland AFC. And it is for that reason, and that the curtains will also draw closed on Ellis Short's reign of despair, that we can enjoy tomorrow afternoon. Even if everything suggests we'll be getting a pasting.

Sunderland have not won at in the last five games against Wolves. You can back Sunderland at 5.50, which this tool shows they only have an 18% chance of winning on Sunday. That's 18% chance of winning at home. Only four years ago, we were in the Premier League and Wolves were in League One.

There's plenty of ironic and painful events from this season. However, tomorrow is all about looking forward. Perhaps, if we're lucky, it'll be the last time we see Robbie Stockdale lurking around the touchline too.

Usually at this point I would try and predict the starting eleven. I think that is near impossible to do with the likelihood of several younger players getting a chance ahead of the seniors who have relegated us. Particularly those who will see their contracts expired in the summer. So, instead of a starting line up - let's try thinking about who WON'T be playing tomorrow, some with the help of Stockdale's injury update.


Lee Camp - worst goalie of all time. He goes back to Cardiff in the summer and we never have to see him again.
Lee Cattermole - injured, and will probably move on in the summer.
Aiden McGeady - injured, and will probably move on in the summer.
Billy Jones - injured and will probably move on in the summer.
Bryan Oviedo - not match fit and seems little point in forcing him to play given he will most certainly leave in the summer.
Marc Wilson - absolute garbage and with his contract running out in the summer, there is no need to subject us to more of him.
Ashley Fletcher - for all he strikes me as the consummate professional, I don't think he'll start above Joel Asoro or Josh Maja who, if they stay, would be an incredible force in League One.

You may be surprised to see the likes of John O'Shea and Lamine Kone missing from the above list. I think they'll probably be involved given what little option we have. I don't think either will be here next year, unless O'Shea accepts a significant wage reduction.

As for the score? Who cares! Just enjoy the fact that things cannot possibly be this crap every again in our life time.

Can it?