The lads put in a brilliant performance against Lincoln, and return to home soil against AFC Wimbledon who sit 14th in the league. Who will Lee Johnson select just days after his first league win as Sunderland manager?
GK: Lee Burge. Anthony Patterson didn’t even make the bench on Saturday, so there’s no reason at all for Johnson to rotate his keepers. Burge was sharp and quick throughout the game, full of a confidence we haven’t seen from him before.
RB: Conor McLaughlin. Dion Sanderson did come on against Lincoln, which could have been a brief introduction to the first team. However, I can’t see Johnson changing a solid defence that kept a clean sheet against second in the league, so McLaughlin may retain his position at right back.
CB: Bailey Wright. Wright looked back to his best at the weekend- calm in possession and aerially dominant. Johnson’s clearly a big fan of the Aussie so it’s no surprise that he’ll start again tonight.
CB: Tom Flanagan. Like Wright, Flanagan had his best game in a while on Saturday. If utilised properly, Flanagan’s passing out of defence could be very helpful in this system.
LB: Callum McFadzean. With Denver Hume still out with an injury, McFadzean is of course expected to stay in the team. The left back shows good attacking intent, getting into the box to assist one of our goals at the weekend.
CM: Grant Leadbitter. No player in League One has won back possession in the opposition half more than Grant Leadbitter this season. This stat shows how Leadbitter is crucial to our high pressing style that allows us to play on the front foot.
CM: George Dobson. Josh Scowen came off with an injury last game, so a Tuesday match may come too quick for him to recover. Dobson is the safe option, rather than choosing an attacking player such as Embleton in midfield.
CM: Max Power. Power has had a good run of form lately, always passing forwards and getting into the box. His energy and attacking threat are a good balance next to the defensive solidity of Dobson and Leadbitter.
RW: Jack Diamond. Arguably our best player in the first half against Lincoln, Diamond’s pace and directness is a massive breath of fresh air from what we’re used to. Against a poorer side like Wimbledon, the youngster should be able to make even more of an impact tonight.
LW: Chris Maguire. Although Aiden McGeady was undoubtedly brilliant on Saturday, the winger is 34 years old, so may be benched tonight. He’s still coming back from a long period without playing and he’s also an amazing impact player.
ST: Charlie Wyke. Wyke has looked very dangerous this season, most exemplified by our fourth goal at Lincoln. The big man burst forward into the POMO (!), which seems to be the word of the week, something we haven’t seen from Wyke before.