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Grigg starts: The Sunderland XI we expect Parkinson to field this weekend v Wycombe Wanderers

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It’s been a busy week for Sunderland, as they wasted no time in finding Jack Ross’ successor, after the former St Mirren boss was dismissed from his role in charge after a defeat to Lincoln City before the international break. 

But the League One outfit appointed former Bolton Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson as their new manager, and he’ll be hoping to get off to a winning start in charge of the club.

It won’t be an easy task though, as they come up against a Wycombe Wanderers side that are currently sat second in the League One table.

So, how can we expect Parkinson’s side to lineup agains the Chairboys on Saturday?

Find out below….

Parkinson is unlikely to know what his strongest team is heading into this game against Gareth Ainsworth’s side, so we won’t see wholesale changes.

But the newly-appointed boss could be tempted to make a change to the goalkeeping position, with Lee Burge putting in some impressive performances when called upon.

Jon McLaughlin’s recent showings haven’t filled many of the club’s supporters with much confidence, and Parkinson’s appointment could be the perfect opportunity for Burge to potentially be given his first league start of the season.

Joel Lynch is likely to be partnered by Jordan Willis in the heart of the Sunderland defence, with the pair looking impressive in recent weeks.

Conor McLaughlin will be hoping to make it back-to-back wins for both club and country, after playing his part in Northern Ireland’s 3-2 win over Czech Republic recently.

We could see a change in midfield, with Parkinson potentially calling upon the experience of Grant Leadbitter, who has made six league starts so far this term.

Aiden McGeady is almost certain to come back into the starting XI after being rested in their 3-2 win over Grimsby Town in the EFL Trophy last week.

Sunderland’s top goalscorer Chris Maguire (4) is likely to start this one, and will be hoping to add to his goal tally against a Wycombe side that have shown defensive frailty in recent matches.

Will Grigg will be hoping to build on some impressive performances in recent weeks, and will be keen to make up for a slow start to the season.

The Northern Irishman scored the winner against Grimsby Town in the EFL Trophy, and will be hoping that he can keep the likes of Marc McNulty and Charlie Wyke out of the starting XI.

It’s going to be a tough test for Phil Parkinson in his first game in charge of the Black Cats, but he’ll be quietly confident that his side can come away from Adams Park with three important points on the day.

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