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Who do you think will create Lee Johnson’s starting XI for today’s game against the Swindon lottery ticket?

After making only one change for Saturday’s game against Crewe Alexandra and having to take five substitutes to turn the game around, I expect Lee Johnson to give his team a little shake for tonight’s game

None of the players currently at the Sunderland treatment table are expected to return in time for today’s game Tom Flanagan is likely the closest to a return but we may have to wait until the weekend to give Sunderland a pair of natural center-backs

After a poor performance in their last game, Sunderland must show that they are still one of the best teams in the premier league by returning to winning ways tonight against Swindon Town

There is virtually nothing Lee Burge could have done against any of Crewe’s targets on Saturday as both results were at the edge of the six-yard box

I mentioned before the last game that Burge is an above average goalkeeper in the top division and I still think there’s very little between him and the other stoppers at the top of the division

After Sunderland’s hideous first-half performance at Alexandra Stadium, it is almost guaranteed that Lee Johnson will make adjustments to his defense ahead of today’s game

Ironically, three of the last four are guaranteed to start on Saturday due to both a lack of other options and the cash they had in the bank prior to the Crewe horror show

Dion Sanderson sits in both camps and is the only suitable center until the return of Tom Flanagan or Bailey Wright In previous games he has shown that he is a more than competent central defender at this level

Luke O’Nien and Conor McLaughlin were both part of a three-pack along with Sanderson who went two clean sheets before the Crewe game – and both likely saw no guilt for either of Johnson’s two goals as worthy of another defensive start become; especially given the lack of other options

On the flip side, Callum McFadzean – and it seems like I’ll say that in every one of these articles – has to stand in line to fall off the side.He failed to get his husband’s side of the gate for the first goal and the second goal came from the left of Sunderland’s defense The man is total defensive liability and Aiden McGeady has to wonder how he transitioned from Champions League football to playing in front of that Muppet

Now the obvious change may be for Jake Vokins, but like McFadzean, he’s also directly to blame for a number of goals conceded, and it seems pretty pointless to replace a player who has been repeatedly drafted in search of defensive solidity with another player, who was repeatedly withdrawn in search of defensive solidity

Instead, Lee Johnson must be tempted to start with the last four to finish the game against Crewe, which means Conor McLaughlin moves to left-back and Max Power falls back to right-back with plenty of options in midfield with one of Vokins or McFadzean on the bench, if we need a left foot off full back attack option, it makes sense to go back to basics and fill in the weak spots in Sunderland’s back line

With Max Power potentially returning to full back and Grant Leadbitter’s shoulder injury, Josh Scowen and Carl Winchester appear to be queuing for a start at the heart of midfield

Winchester has so far shown he can hit hard and fast on his substitutes, and Leadbitter’s injury gives the former Forest Green midfielder a chance to make a name for himself at his new club

Though a two-man midfield is used for most of its responsible games at the Stadium of Light, it is expected that today’s opponents will line up in a 3-5-2 formation, meaning Sunderland likely with three midfielders will keep up for themselves – especially since using a back four means a two-on-two scenario on the back

With that in mind, and after a good replacement performance and goal on Saturday, Chris Maguire could have a chance to start tonight’s game in the middle of the park with Scowen offering a defensive shield and Winchester keeping things going, including Chris Maguire in midfield three, this seems like a great way to allow an inconsistent player to take risks without affecting the overall team form or game plan

While Charlie Wyke remains a guaranteed starter until Ross Stewart hits match fitness – and considering he doesn’t have a Match Day roster yet, that seems like some time away – his partner has Aiden McGeady seen a slump in his performance recently in Sunderland’s attack and could find his place in danger if he couldn’t stop that slight decline
That being said, Lee Johnson stayed with the Republic of Ireland international through a similar string of boring performances, showing with his support for O’Brien’s goal against Fleetwood that even in a quiet game he can produce a bit of quality to make Sunderland an important one Aim to seize

Because of this, it is likely that it will be the other Aiden, Aiden O’Brien, who will give way to Jordan Jones after another impressive performance – this time with his first goal for the club that started the comeback

Jones has been dragged into the fray by Lee Johnson since arriving with little first-team football, but he’s been at the club for a month now and it would be well deserved if the Rangers borrower got a start on his back such an important goal

He is more similar to Lynden Gooch in style than Aiden O’Brien, and with Maguire likely to start tonight too, it seems like some pace and directness will be required on Sunderland’s forward line, and Jordan Jones provides both of these Qualities in Spades If he can combine this with the end product he showed off over the weekend, he could stay on the grid for some time

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Source: https://rokerreport.sbnation.com/2021/3/2/22306959/starting-xi-is-this-the-sunderland-side-that-will-take-on-swindon-town-tonight