After being knocked out of the FA Cup with a 2-0 defeat to Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough side at the weekend, Sunderland will be looking to put things right against Cardiff.
However, this is a match that sees two teams head into the game off the back of a poor run of form. With Cardiff City without a win in five-games, while the Black Cats have lost their last two.
Indeed, with Chris Coleman yet to see his side gel together since he’s taken charge of the club, he’ll he hoping that the Black Cats can gain some momentum if they are to avoid back to back relegation’s.
If Sunderland are to complete a great escape to avoid the drop, then Chris Coleman is going to need to field this XI against Cardiff City tomorrow…
Robbin Ruiter will continue to establish himself as Sunderland’s number one, although he’ll be hoping to improve on the 4 clean-sheets he’s held so far this season.
The centre-back trio of new man Jake Clarke-Salter, Marc Wilson and John O’Shea will look to balance out youth with experience, as their strongest defensive line-up looks to eradicate the Black Cats’ defensive woes.
Brendan Galloway will be the man leaving the back-three ahead of his supposed recall.
Billy Jones and Bryan Oviedo will look to keep their shape out wide with some solid defensive performances, while still getting forward to provide support for the wingers in overlapping positions.
The young pairing of Donald Love and George Honeyman in the middle of midfield.
Honeyman is one of Sunderland’s brightest prospects, an attack minded midfielder that loves to get forward and support the striker, but will also look to become a ball-playing midfielder in the process.
Donald Love is a much more defensive-minded player, who has been used in a defensive-midfield role a couple of times for Chris Coleman’s side with the injury to Darren Gibson.
Aiden McGeady will look to insert his dominance on the opposition defender’s with his pace and trickery often causing for delight at the Stadium of Light.
While, Callum McManaman is yet to show the ability he displayed during his days at West Bromwich Albion, still with no goals to his name so far this season.
Josh Maja will continue to lead the line up-front after doing so at the Riverside in their FA Cup exit, with just one Championship goal to his name so far, the 19-year-old will be looking to improve on this tomorrow.
In a match that hosts two out of form sides, Chris Coleman’s Sunderland could cause an upset if Cardiff are anything to go by after their recent performances.
Sunderland fans, is this the XI you wanna see?
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