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Callum Doyle starts: The predicted Sunderland XI to face Rotherham on Tuesday

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Sunderland will be looking to back up their recent 5-1 victory over Cambridge United when they host Rotherham United at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday.

A brace from Ross Stewart as well as efforts from Elliot Embleton, Danny Batth and Nathan Broadhead allowed the Black Cats to seal all three points at the weekend.

As a result of this triumph, Sunderland climbed up to fourth in the League One standings.

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Currently level on points with Plymouth Argyle and Wycombe Wanderers, the Black Cats will gain an invaluable advantage over these two sides tomorrow if they defeat Rotherham.

However, when you consider that the Millers are looking to secure automatic promotion to the Championship this week, Sunderland know that they will need to be at their very best if they are to have any chance of picking up a positive result in front of their supporters.

Ahead of this showdown, we have decided to take a look at how Sunderland could line up against Rotherham.

Having utilised the 3-5-2 formation against Cambridge, Sunderland manager Alex Neil is likely to stick with this particular system for his side’s meeting with the Millers.

Goalkeeper Anthony Patterson has made 13 consecutive starts for the Black Cats in the third tier and is set to feature again tomorrow.

Whilst Batth and Bailey Wright will keep their places in the side, Carl Winchester is expected to make way for Callum Doyle.

Winchester suffered a muscular injury during the first-half of Sunderland’s win over Cambridge and thus is unlikely to be fit enough to participate in Tuesday’s game.

Brought on as Winchester’s replacement at the weekend, Doyle went on to register a respectable WhoScored match rating of 7.06 in this fixture.

Having played 35 games at this level during the current campaign, the 18-year-old will be confident in his ability to deliver the goods against the Millers.

Patrick Roberts and Lynden Gooch will likely occupy the wide positions for Sunderland.

Meanwhile, Luke O’Nien is set to be partnered in central-midfield by Corry Evans and Elliot Embleton.

Stewart, who has provided 29 direct goal contributions in League One this season, will feature alongside Broadhead in a two-striker formation.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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