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Ross Stewart starts: The predicted Sunderland XI to face Ipswich on Saturday

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Sunderland will be aiming to get back on track in League One tomorrow when they host Ipswich Town at the Stadium of Light.

As a result of their defeats to Charlton Athletic, Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday, the Black Cats have lost ground on league leaders Plymouth Argyle in recent weeks.

Currently seventh in the third-tier standings, Sunderland could move into the play-off places if they beat Ipswich on Saturday.

Whereas Lee Johnson is set to be without Denver Hume and Niall Huggins for this fixture due to their respective injury issues, Leon Dajaku and Bailey Wright will both be pushing for a start this weekend after being left on the substitutes bench at Hillsborough earlier this month.

Ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Ipswich, we have decided to take a look at how Sunderland could line up against Ipswich…

Lee Johnson may opt to revert to the 4-2-3-1 formation for this particular fixture after using the 4-3-3 set-up against Wednesday.

Goalkeeper Thorben Hoffmann will be aiming to claim his fourth clean-sheet of the season against Ipswich.

Tom Flanagan and Wright are expected to feature in central-defence and will be tasked with preventing Macauley Bonne from scoring at the Stadium of Light for Ipswich.

Bonne has already managed to find the back of the net on 11 occasions in League One this season and thus is likely to pose a considerable threat to Sunderland tomorrow.

Dennis Cirkin and Carl Winchester will feature in the full-back roles for the Black Cats whilst Luke O’Nien will be partnered in the heart of midfield by Dan Neil.

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Considering that Aiden McGeady is currently struggling with his fitness, Johnson may opt against taking a risk on the winger tomorrow.

If McGeady isn’t ready to make his return to action, Aiden O’Brien will feature on the left-hand side of midfield whilst Dajaku could be given the opportunity to impress on the opposite side of the pitch.

Alex Pritchard is set to feature in a more advanced central-role behind Ross Stewart who recently returned to training after missing the club’s FA Cup clash with Mansfield Town due to an issue with his shoulder.

Currently averaging an impressive WhoScored match rating of 7.62 in League One, Stewart could potentially fire his side to a much-needed victory as he has already netted 10 goals for his side at this level during the current campaign.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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