Sunderland suffered defeat in their last game to manager-less Charlton and they’ll want to get back on track and back to winning ways against Rotherham this weekend.
The Black Cats have been battling for a promotion spot and, despite their latest loss, they remain well involved with the top six sides and well involved in the push for an automatic promotion place.
Lee Johnson though has some more players available to him after that Charlton tie and he may consider changing some of that side up in a bid to get three points on the board against the Millers.
Here then, is our predicted XI for that game.
We see just one change for the fixture and that’s Leon Dajaku coming in for Aiden O’Brien on the wing. It’s not that either player has impressed more than the other but rotation will be key going forward with so many games coming up for Sunderland – especially with the Black Cats progressing in the EFL Cup – so it would be wise to switch up some of their attackers.
McGeady though has looked so sharp since his return from injury that he shouldn’t be dropped and Ross Stewart remains up top as he is capable of goals at any moment.
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The backline has been solid too in all competitions, so it’s worth sticking with such a reliable defence while they can. The midfield too could be unchanged with Daniel Neill an impressive young talent and Luke O’Nien being one of the most reliable faces in the side so far this season. Rather than feature in a more attacking role as he did against QPR though, he’s likely to partner Neill again though in the centre of the field in his more typical role. In goal, Hoffmann also retains his place.