One Change Confirmed & Another Expected for Sunderland's Trip to Turf Moor

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Vito Mannone will step back between the sticks for Sunderland with Jordan Pickford set to be sidelined for up to two months. That is at least one change that is expected for tomorrow's visit to Turf Moor but I reckon we will see more.


Yesterday David Moyes confirmed that Jack Rodwell and Steven Pienaar have returned to training but the likelihood of either being involved tomorrow is slim. Javi Manquillo, however, may well be included on the bench. Yey.

Mannone's defence will be unchanged from that which stood as firm as could be expected in front of Pickford against Manchester United. Billy Jones, Lamine Kone, Papy Djilobodji and Patrick van Aanholt will be tasked with keeping Burnley at bay.

The front three are also expected to be unchanged. Fabio Borini's worldy consolation goal should be winning football games, but at least it is an indication that the Italian is ready to make a bigger impact than he has generally since returning from injury. Borini alongside Victor Anichebe and Jermain Defoe linked up brilliantly at times, particularly in the first half, against United. The trio should only improve as further understanding develops between them.

Considering how Sunderland lined up against Watford in a must-win encounter I find it difficult to believe Moyes will not reintroduce Adnan Januzaj in the middle as a replacement for Seb Larsson. Despite both Jason Denayer and Didier Ndong making basic errors leading to goals against United, both are expected to continue in the midfield.

So, I reckon we will see two changes. Mannone for Pickford and Januzaj for Larsson. How many changes would you make? Vote below and, better still, comment what changes you would make!
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Any Surprises so Far in Sunderland's Favourite Player Poll?

Any Surprises so Far in Sunderland's Favourite Player Poll?









Yesterday saw the completion of the Twitter Tournament Group Stages and we are well one our way to finding out Sunderland's favourite player with over 100 PL appearances.





First, let's recap yesterday's results in full after the 1762 votes were cast;

Group A

John O'Shea 8%
Lee Cattermole 62%
Tommy Sorensen 29%

Darren Williams 1%


Group B

Phil Bardsley 10%
Kevin Phillips 85%

Jody Craddock 5%

Group C

Michael Gray 60%
Kieran Richardson 29%

Jack Colback 3%
Gavin McCann 8%

Group D

Seb Larsson 8%
Niall Quinn 72%
Kevin Kilbane 1%
Steed Malbranque 19%

These results mean tonight's mouth-watering Quarter Finals look like this;

Lee Cattermole vs Kieran Richardson

Kevin Phillips vs Phil Bardsley

Micky Gray vs Steed Malbranque

Niall Quinn vs Tommy Sorensen


Join us from 8pm via Twitter @WeAreWearside to decide tomorrow's final rounds to decide Sunderland's favourite player with other 100 PL appearances. 

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