Coming off the back off a disappointing opening game to the season, how will the lads shape up today?
Lee Burge. Despite his major error last week, Burge still looks a slightly more convincing number one than Matthews.
Luke O’Nien. Luke will offer the energy and enthusiasm needed to compete with a tough Oxford squad.
Jordan Willis. Willis will be hoping to have a bigger impact on the game from the right hand side than he did against Bristol City.
Bailey Wright. Struggled last week but his experience and quality should shine through today.
Tom Flanagan. One of the better distributors of the ball on his day, Flanagan can prove useful in pushing us further up the pitch.
Denver Hume. Our man of the match last week. At times he’s Sunderland’s most attacking threat and without any wingback cover, he won’t be dropped.
Max Power. Power occasionally goes missing in games but he’s the on-the-pitch captain and is clearly a favourite of Parkinson.
Grant Leadbitter. With George Dobson suspended and Josh Scowen missing training last week to attend a funeral, Grant seems likely to step in.
Chris Maguire. Maguire was fairly average last week but you can’t drop him because of the moments of quality that he can produce.
Will Grigg. After a quiet game last week, the Northern Irishman will be hoping to get more involved in play.
Aiden O’Brien. After a decent and energetic start to his Sunderland career, O’Brien is expected to keep his place.