Sunderland take on AFC Bournemouth this weekend as the Black Cats look to return to winning ways and close the gap on the relegation zone. Sunderland had a humbling 4-1 defeat last time out to Tottenham Hotspur, whilst Bournemouth registered an impressive 3-0 victory over Norwich City.
Kick-off – Saturday 23rd January @ 1500
Venue – Stadium of Light
Referee – Roger East
Potential Sunderland Squad – Pickford, Mannone, Jones, O’Shea, Laing, Yedlin, Coates, Van Aanholt, Cattermole, Lens, Rodwell, Kirchoff, Defoe, Gomez, Toivonen, M’Vila, Johnson, Borini, Watmore, Fletcher, N’Doye.
Injuries: Kaboul (Hamstring), Larsson (Hamstring), Matthews (Ankle).
Potential Bournemouth Squad: Boruc, Allsop, Federici, Cook, Francis, Smith, Daniels, Elphick, Cargill, Distin, Arter, Gosling, MacDonald, Pugh, O’Kane, Stanislas, Surman, Ritchie, Murray, Bennett, Tomlin, Iturbe, Grabban, Afobe.
Injuries: King (Hamstring) Gradel (Knee), Wilson (Knee), Mings (Knee).
Read Sunderland’s Prediction:
This is another must-win game for Sunderland who are currently 4 points adrift of safety. A win on Saturday will not only edge the Black Cats closer to safety but it will also drag Bournemouth into the relegation battle.
Sunderland 1-0 AFC Bournemouth