Sunderland line up for another vital home game against Crewe

Alex Neil has announced his line up to take on bottom-of-the-league Crewe Alexandra.

by GMac88 Saturday, 12 March 2022 02:30 PM Comments

A dismal first half against Fleetwood Town has not gone unpunished for a few players who started on Tuesday night. Arbenit Xhemaji, Patrick Roberts and Elliot Embleton, the same trio who were substituted in the eventual win over Stephen Crainey's side, make way for Luke O'Nien, Jermain Defoe and Lynden Gooch. 

It won't be a coincidence that they were the same three that came on as substitutes on Tuesday, changing the game into the homeside's favour. Gooch made and industrious impact early in the half, whilst Defoe had involvement in all three goals - one of which was scored by O'Nien rebounding from the striker's shot.

This afternoon's match-up comes with significant importance for both teams as reported by best au online casino. Crewe are in desperate need for quick points to stand any hope of surviving whilst we know how vital it is for Sunderland to continue to pick up points to secure a play-off. There is still a gremlin in the back of my mind who keeps telling me there is hope for automatic promotion too, which would surely require winning most - if not all - games between now and the season finale away to Morecambe. They themselves are embroiled in the scrap towards the foot of the table.

Sunderland are the heavy favourites coming into today's fixture according to best nz online casino, which is no surprise given 38 points separate the two sides in the table, and the visitors having lost nine of their previous ten League One fixtures.

Today's changes are more evidence that Neil isn't afraid to make snap decisions in the face of adversity. It was refreshing to see two half-time changes against Fleetwood, a clear proactive attempt to change the course of the game. We have become accustomed to approaching the 75th minute in the same way we started the first irrespective of performance and so we should take some confidence that we seem to have a manager keen to make adjustments when appropriate.

We are predicting a comfortable home win this afternoon, and another clean sheet in keeping with our excellent defensive record under Neil. 3-0.

Starting XI - Patterson; Wright, Cirkin, Winchester; Gooch, Clarke, Evans, Matete, O'Nien; Defoe, Stewart