Sunderland welcome Cambridge United to the Stadium of Light on Saturday in a must-win game for the Black Cats.
Alex Neil’s men would put themselves in a commanding position in the League One play-off race in victory but they have to take Mark Bonner’s U’s seriously.
The visitors beat league leaders Wigan Athletic 2-1 last time out on their travels and will fancy their chances on one of the more glamourous away days in League One.
The Black Cats played out a tense goalless draw at Plymouth Argyle on Monday and have actually been drawing heading into the last ten minutes in all of their last five victories.
Neil will be hoping that they can stop being so reliant on late goals in this encounter.
Alex Pritchard could be available for a return but Neil will be hesitant to reintroduce him to ensure he is right for the play-offs, should they get there.
Callum Doyle, Ron-Thorben Hoffmann and Leon Dajaku are all sidelined with Aiden McGeady, Jordan Willis and Niall Huggins the more long term absentees.
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Lynden Gooch steps in for Jay Matete to provide greater attacking thrust at right wing back.
The 26-year-old fits in nicely to the role despite playing further up the pitch for the majority of his career.
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Everton loanee Nathan Broadhead remains the danger man, particularly with Ross Stewart drop-off, and with the quality of Jack Clarke’s deliveries, the 24-year-old will be confident of getting on the scoresheet again.