Changes Certain against Leicester with Defoe Doubt & One other Change

Just incase you were not miserable enough after Sunderland's miserable attempt to kickstart a miracle on Saturday - we play again! Mathematics means Sunderland are not relegated just yet, but that is sure to loom soon unless we can do something spectacular. Who will take to the pitch to try something spectacular tonight?

Jermain Defoe is a big doubt after suffering a knock below his knee against Watford. This would shuold deeply concern me, but because we have already been relegated (effectively) it doesn't.

David Moyes' settled back line looks unlikely to be disturbed this evening, expect when it inevitably concedes of course. Jordan Pickford was superb against Watford and in front of him we expect the quartet of Billy Jones, John O'Shea, Lamine Kone and Bryan Oviedo.

Lee Cattermole returned to the bench against Watford although Moyes was very clear on the midfielder's fitness meaning he won't start tonight. Didier Ndong is also a major doubt as we revealed yesterday Moyes is set to keep our record signing on the bench as a favour to the match referee Graham Scott. Ndong and Ndidi would be too much for the man who was in charge when Burnley stuffed us earlier in the season. Should the record signing somehow be given another start, he would be the more advanced midfielder with Darron Gibson and Jason Denayer sitting deeper.

With Defoe's inclusion a doubt and the best we can hope for Victor Anichebe being a place on the bench, it could be another opportunity for Fabio Borini to flop leading the line. Wahbi Khazri might even start with Adnan Januzaj on the wings and we'll all be like what's ganin on.

Predicted XI
Pickford, O'Shea, Kone, Jones, Oviedo, Denayer, Gibson, Ndong, Januzaj, Khazri, Borini.

blog comments powered by Disqus