Sunderland Line up - one change expected ahead of Defoe's final home game

After cleverly waiting until after relegation was confirmed to win, it would come as no surprise to anyone if Sunderland one two on the bounce and beat Swansea today. It would also be no surprise if we were tonked 4-0, or if it were a drab 0-0 draw. 


There isn't much set to surprise us today, or much to care a great deal about with the exception of Jermain Defoe's final home appearance. David Moyes will no doubt try to keep his side as similar as possible to last week's victory, injuries permitting. Only one change is expected.

A rare clean sheet for the back four makes it pretty clear we will once against see Billy Jones, John O'Shea, Lamine Kone and Javi Manquillo will start in front of Jordan Pickford. Injuries mean the only alternative option would be Papy Djilobodji, who has fallen out of favour in recent months because he is awful.

An unfortunate injury for George Honeyman means he will not feature today, despite an influential performance last week. Moyes indicated he had every intention of playing Honeyman, but he will get plenty more opportunities next season no doubt. The returning Seb Larsson provided the delivery for Jermain Defoe's goal, and is likely to take Honeyman's place, whilst Jason Denayer and Didier Ndong are expected to retain their spots in midfield. Lee Cattermole and Darron Gibson are close to full fitness but will have to settle for a place on the bench.

Up top, Victor Anichebe and Fabio Borini will play left and right. Defoe will make an emotional final appearance at the Stadium of Light through the middle, lets hope he smashes in the winner for a fitting send off.

Predicted line up;
Pickford, O'Shea, Kone, Jones, Manquillo, Denayer, Larsson, Ndong, Borini, Anichebe, Defoe.

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