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McGeady returns: The Sunderland XI we expect Parkinson to field v Shrewsbury Town this weekend

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Sunderland will be looking to make it back-to-back wins in League One this weekend, when they take on Shrewsbury Town on Saturday. 

The Black Cats thrashed Tranmere Rovers 5-0 in midweek, and will be keen to get their promotion bid back on track with a positive performance this weekend.

But how do we expect Parkinson’s side to lineup against Shrewsbury on Saturday?

Find out below….

Lee Burge will be expected to keep his place in the starting XI after keeping a clean sheet against Tranmere Rovers in midweek.

Jon McLaughlin has been first-choice goalkeeper for the majority of this year’s campaign, but Parkinson has opted to make a bold call and start Burge since being appointed.

McLaughlin hasn’t kept a clean sheet so far this season, despite playing double the game time that Burge has so far in this year’s league campaign.

The defensive four won’t see many changes, with Joel Lynch and Jordan Willis forming a strong partnership in the centre of the Black Cats back line.

Luke O’Nien could be pushed further forward, so Conor McLaughlin could return to the starting XI for this one, after being rested in the 5-0 thrashing of Tranmere Rovers.

Max Power is likely to be partnered by O’Nien in the centre of midfield, and the 24-year-old will be keen to score in back-to-back games after scoring Sunderland’s fifth of the night against Tranmere in midweek.

Aiden McGeady returns to the side after serving his one-game suspension, and he’s almost certain to replace Lynden Gooch in the starting XI, after the the midfielder was ruled out of the game this weekend through injury.

Chris Maguire is Sunderland’s top scorer so far this season, and will be confident of adding to that tally on Saturday, whilst Duncan Watmore was hugely impressive in the win over Tranmere, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him keep his place in the starting XI.

Will Grigg is likely to lead the line for Phil Parkinson’s side, and he’s looked like a completely different player since the former Bolton boss was appointed, for all the right reasons.

It’s not going to be an easy game by any stretch of the imagination on Saturday for Sunderland, but Parkinson will know that it is the sort of game they have to be winning if their promotion bid is to be taken seriously.


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