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The Sunderland XI Ross is likely to play to beat Wycombe



Sunderland had plenty of cause for celebration in midweek as they booked their place in the final of the EFL Trophy.

A 2-0 win against Bristol Rovers in their semi-final was enough to send them to the national stadium where they will face Portsmouth for a rare piece of silverware.

But now, focus must return to the league where they sit just outside the automatic promotion places and will be looking to break into them this weekend when they take on Wycombe Wanderers.

Just two points currently separates them from second-placed Barnsley, with a game in hand over the Tykes to their name as well, so manager Jack Ross will need to keep his players calm against the Chair Boys.

But who is he likely to start?

Goalkeeper: Jon McLaughlin

He has been brilliant since moving south of the border in the summer and there is no reason Ross will drop him now.

Having such a solid, settled presence between the sticks will help enormously during the final months of the season.

Right-back: Luke O’Nien

He was shifted to the left in midweek but expect Ross to put him back where he is more comfortable.

Signed as a midfielder in the summer, O’Nien has been very impressive in a number of positions and will be keen to show it against his former club this weekend.

Centre-back: Tom Flanagan

The Black Cats most consistent centre-back will obviously start.

Since arriving from Burton he has been a cool, calm and collected figure at the back, something they had been lacking for a very long time.

Centre-back: Jack Baldwin

With Jimmy Dunne playing the entire 90 in midweek, Ross is likely to switch it up for the league.

Baldwin has impressed and disappointed in equal measure so far this season so should be keen to grasp his opportunity.

Left-back: Denver Hume

Hume impressed earlier in the season but has been laid off with injury since.

Now, he is back and it will not be long before Ross throws him into the starting line-up again, with Wycombe looking likely.

Defensive-midfield: Grant Leadbitter

The experienced midfielder has been excellent since arriving back at the club in January.

He will surely start again tomorrow, if only for his excellent deliveries from set-pieces which have already lead to a host of goals.

Defensive-midfield: Max Power

The partnership of Power and Leadbitter looked impressive in midweek so expect Ross to stick with it.

It has been a bit of an erratic season for Power but will be eager to prove his worth over the final months of the campaign.

Right-wing: Duncan Watmore

Benched in midweek as he continues his return from injury, expect Ross to throw him in from the start tomorrow.

If the winger can get back to his best then the Black Cats will have a very dangerous weapon in League One.

Attacking-midfield: Lynden Gooch

The American has been terrific so far this season.

With George Honeyman a doubt after being withdrawn through injury in midweek, expect Ross to shift him back into that number ten role in which he thrives.

Left-wing: Aiden McGeady

After an outstanding February, Jack Ross will be desperate for the Irishman to continue his fine form this month.

He is a cut above the rest as far as quality and talent goes in League One and should start.

Striker: Will Grigg

Yet to truly catch fire, Grigg should still start nonetheless.

He added another goal to his game midweek and once that confidence builds a bit more, expect his tally to rise rapidly.

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