Three changes expected for Sunderland with defender to miss out - postponed matches give great opportunity

Another Saturday, another football match. What did we do to deserve this?

Four Championship fixtures have already fell afoul to the smidge of snow we've had recently.  This means we won't know the fate of matches featuring Burton, Barnsley or Hull - three teams we may need to pass all if we are to stay up. Depending on how Birmingham get on away to Nottingham Forest, we could find ourselves in 22nd place and just two points from safety by the end of the day.
However, that requires us to beat Millwall. And to beat Millwall, we need to score against Millwall. The Lions are looking very solid these days, conceding just three goals in seven outings. We'll have more about where they have found success in the next hour or so. Their last league defeat was on New Years Day and their last home defeat was all the back in the beginning of November.

Predictably, Millwall are odds on for victory today whilst Sunderland are fairly long odds at 19/4.

The importance of Callum McMananman's last minute equaliser is yet to be decided but the goal is unlikely to force the winger into our starting eleven today. After a failed change to four at the back at home to Brentford, it's unlikely that Chris Coleman will stray again from his favoured five at the back - leaving the likes of McMananaman and Aiden McGeady restricted to impact substitute roles.
Jake Clarke-Salter's three match ban means Ty Browning has the opportunity to come back into the fold. However, I expect Billy Jones to revert to a centre back and line up alongside Lamine Kone and John O'Shea instead. Despite how frightening that sounds, I have my doubts about how interested Browning is in the rest of his loan spell at Sunderland. He looked decent at the start of the season to the extent there was some appetite to see a straight swap for Kone. 

Browning was dropped after the Brentford game and has disappeared completely from the line up since. Coleman accused unnamed players of not having the bottle for the situation at Sunderland and it seems pretty clear that Browning was his main target with that comment.

Coleman didn't speak with a great deal of confidence about Ovie Ejaria's fitness as the Liverpool loanee struggle through training during the week. We'll see a midfield trio with Lee Cattermole and everybody's favourite George Honeyman likely joined by Ethan Robson. Coleman plans on keeping things as tight as possible at the start of the match today and as such I can't see a very ambitious line up.

Finally, up top, Joel Asoro picks himself these days. The Swede is really coming into his own now that he is finally getting a run of games. He's a constant menace to defenders and in a game where we can't expect a huge amount of possession that is going to be a potent weapon. Ashley Fletcher and Josh Maja will fight it out for the final striking position, but I think Fletcher will get it. Yes, he can't finish his own breakfast, but he was at least striking up a good understanding with Asoro which will only help create chances. One has to go in at some point.

Line up;
Lee Camp, Kone, O'Shea, Jones, Adam Matthews, Bryan Oviedo, Cattermole, Robson, Honeyman, Asoro, Fletcher

For all those travelling down - you're mental, stay safe.
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