After securing a comfortable victory over Doncaster Rovers on Monday, Sunderland will now be looking to build upon this performance when they host Sheffield Wednesday this evening at the Stadium of Light.
Despite the fact that they are currently unable to call upon the services of Aiden McGeady and Luke O’Nien, the Black Cats have managed to step up to the mark in recent weeks as they have won three of their last four league games.
Currently second in the third-tier standings, Sunderland will be determined to avenge the defeat that they suffered at the hands of the Owls earlier this season when they face the South Yorkshire-based outfit tonight.
Having witnessed his side’s display against Doncaster, it will be interesting to see whether Black Cats boss Lee Johnson decides to make any alterations to his team for the club’s showdown with Wednesday.
Here, we have decided to take a look at TWO selection dilemmas Johnson is facing ahead of this particular fixture…
Should Dennis Cirkin be handed a start?
Having made his return to action in the second-half of Sunderland’s meeting with Doncaster, Dennis Cirkin could be in line to start for the club in tonight’s fixture.
However, when you consider that Lynden Gooch managed to help his side keep a clean-sheet at the Eco-Power Stadium by recording a WhoScored match rating of 6.94 in this fixture, Johnson may decide to give the American another opportunity to impress.
If Cirkin is handed his 13th league start of the season this evening, he will be determined to produce an eye-catching performance against Wednesday as competition for places at left wing-back at Sunderland is incredibly fierce.
By delivering the goods against the Owls, the 19-year-old could potentially retain his place in the side for the foreseeable future.
Will Carl Winchester be included in the club’s match-day squad?
Carl Winchester is currently facing a race to be fit for tonight’s game after missing the club’s trip to Doncaster due to injury.
Johnson confirmed earlier this week that the 28-year-old is set to be assessed ahead of Sunderland’s meeting with Wednesday.
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Utilised in his preferred central-midfield role in recent weeks, Winchester will be desperate to help his side seal all three points in today’s showdown with the Owls.
It could be argued that Johnson may find it beneficial to ease Winchester back into action instead of handing him a start against Wednesday as this will minimise the risk of the Northern Ireland international suffering another injury setback.
If Winchester isn’t selected in Sunderland’s match-day squad, Dan Neil and Corry Evans will both need to step up to the mark in his absence.