PREDICTED 11 V CARLISLE



After a frustrating draw at The Valley, the lads will be looking to get back to winning ways in the EFL Trophy.

GK: Remi Matthews. Matthews has endured a rocky start to life on Wearside and will hope to impress against a lower league opposition.

RWB: Luke O’Nien. The lad deserves a break, but Conor McLaughlin is away with Northern Ireland so O’Nien will retain his place.

CB: Jordan Willis. Another first team regular, Willis’ inclusion in this team again highlights the need for backup defensively.

CB: Bailey Wright. With Morgan Feeney injured, Wright is arguably the only option for that central centre back role unless Parkinson looks to the Under 23s.

CB: Brandon Taylor. The youngster may come in for the suspended Tom Flanagan because Xhemajli is on international duty with Kosovo. Taylor needs to take another step towards the senior team with the serious lack of options at the back.

LWB: Jack Diamond. The significant lack of depth at wing back means Diamond may be asked to fill in here, where he’s impressed against the likes of Aston Villa earlier this season.

CM: Dan Neil. Like Diamond, Neil shone in preseason but hasn’t been involved in League One so far. This will be a chance for the lad to play his way into the manager’s mind.

CM: Max Power. Following a brief omission from the first team for various reasons, Power could play tonight to regain match sharpness and prove that he’s the best option in midfield. Dan Neil will also presumably benefit from being next to one of the more vocal players in the squad.

RW: Chris Maguire. If fit, Maguire could use this match to regain some form and fitness after a minor injury a few weeks ago.

LW: Aiden O’Brien. The ex-Millwall man has struggled in front of goal since signing for the lads so he could gain some confidence from netting against a lower quality Carlisle side.

ST: Will Grigg. Grigg has struggled to find game time this season after a decent preseason. He‘ll be taking every chance he gets to impress the gaffer, especially with the rest of the front line looking off-colour to say the least.


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