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15 December 2020 22:32

Nottingham Forest F.C. Chris Hughton Brentford F.C.

It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times. TV/Stream: Full live match coverage available via www.safc.com Don't forget to follow the blow-by-blow account of the game on the Roker Report Twitter feed (@RokerReport) and check out the player ratings after the full-time whistle at www.RokerReport.com! Lee Johnson's Sunderland side will be full of confidence on the back of a four-goal haul against Lincoln City at the weekend, but tonight they go into the type of fixture that caused the previous two managers issues. Mid-table AFC Wimbledon will be travelling north to the Stadium of Light looking to frustrate the home side as much as possible, and the new Sunderland manager will be aiming for his side to come out of the blocks quickly. Lincoln City had a couple of gilt-edge chances to open the scoring but weren't able to convert, which allowed Sunderland to take full advantage.

Despite only winning one of the last five League games, Sunderland sit only five points behind the automatic promotion places, and a good run over the festive period will raise hopes of a promotion push in 2021. AFC Wimbledon's recent form has been mixed with two wins in League One in the last five, but will be encouraged by a promising opening third of the season. After surviving by the skin of their teeth with the curtailing of the 2019-20 season, they currently sit 14th in League One which would be seen as progress for the South London club, especially having recently moved into their new 9000-capacity stadium Plough Lane. Sunderland team news Possible XI: Lee Burge, Conor McLaughlin, Bailey Wright, Tom Flanagan, Callum McFadzean, Grant Leadbitter, Max Power, Josh Scowen, Jack Diamond, Aiden McGeady, Charlie Wyke AFC Wimbledon team news With the best scoring record in the bottom half of League One they could well nick a goal at the Stadium of Light, but their poor defensive record could see us score a couple of our own. Joe Pigott is the main threat with nine goals to his name in League One. Last time we met at the Stadium of Light Saturday 24th August 2019: Sky Bet League One Sunderland 3 - 1 AFC Wimbledon (Maguire 8', 53', 79' - Appiah 34') McLaughlin, Flanagan, Embleton AFC Wimbledon: Trott, O'Neill, Guinness-Walker, Kalambayi (Nightingale), Thomas, McDonald, Wagstaff, Hartigan, Appiah, Folivi (Connolly), Reilly (Pinnock) Substitutes not used: Tzanev, McLoughlin, Pigott, Roscrow Attendance: 29,725 The bookies see Sunderland as clear favourites at 11/20, and an away victory priced at 5/1, with the draw at 3/1.

For a correct score, Sunderland to get the only goal of the game is favourite with the bookies at 5/1, with a 2-0 home win close behind at 11/2. After Sunderland's rout at Lincoln there may be some interest with punters on who gets the first goal for the home side, and Charlie Wyke is favourite at 3/1, closely followed by Chris Maguire at 7/2. Jack Diamond and Aiden McGeady are both available at 5/1 for the opener, and a double of a 2-0 win to Sunderland with Diamond to get the first is on offer at 30/1. It's bizarre to say it but I'm predicting a two-goal victory because I don't want to get carried away even though the potential is there to go one or two better. Predicting a two-goal victory under Parkinson was something that rarely crossed my mind – let's just hope we don't come back down to earth with a bump after Saturday.

Sunderland 2 - 0 AFC Wimbledon Sunderland are without eight first-team players for Tuesday's home clash with AFC Wimbledon due to coronavirus. The Black Cats announced an unnamed player has tested positive for Covid-19 after displaying symptoms on Sunday, with seven other members of the first-team squad having to self-isolate after coming into contact with him. Sunderland said they looked into the possibility of postponing the Sky Bet League One clash but could not reach an agreement with the EFL. A statement posted on the club's website on Tuesday evening, prior to the 7pm kick-off, read: "After displaying symptoms of coronavirus on Sunday, one senior player has returned a positive test for Covid-19 and is currently observing a period of isolation. "In line with Government advice, seven other first-team players are also self-isolating at home – two of which have displayed symptoms – after coming into close proximity with the individual that has tested positive.

"Due to the severity of the impact this has had on the team's preparations for Tuesday's match, the club explored the option of postponing the fixture and engaged in extensive dialogue with the EFL. "Disappointingly, an agreement couldn't be reached due to the lack of clarity regarding potential sanctions SAFC could face in the event that the fixture was unfulfilled." Bailey Wright's second half volley was enough to earn a depleted Sunderland a 1-1 draw against Wimbledon after Covid-19 caused problems at the Stadium of Light. The Australian defender volleyed inside the far corner in the 62nd minute to cancel out Joe Pigott's penalty, which had given the visitors the lead three minutes before half-time. That was how it remained on a day when the Black Cats attempted to have the Sky Bet League One game postponed because a player had tested positive for coronavirus and seven others were told to self-isolate at home. Wimbledon looked to take advantage and, despite Sunderland enjoying the lion's share of the possession, secured the lead when Pigott scored from the spot. Sunderland, forced to make five changes from the side that won 4-0 at Lincoln on Saturday, had chances themselves but struggled to seriously test goalkeeper Connal Trueman enough. After the restart Sunderland pushed more players forward and just after the hour Wright volleyed sweetly inside the far corner from a tight angle after controlling a Jack Diamond delivery. Wimbledon created some good chances to win it, with Shane McLoughlin wasting a great chance, but there was to be no further breakthrough. Earlier, the Black Cats had said they looked into the possibility of postponing the clash but could not reach an agreement with the EFL. A statement posted on the club's website prior to kick-off read: "After displaying symptoms of coronavirus on Sunday, one senior player has returned a positive test for Covid-19 and is currently observing a period of isolation. "In line with Government advice, seven other first-team players are also self-isolating at home - two of which have displayed symptoms - after coming into close proximity with the individual that has tested positive. "Due to the severity of the impact this has had on the team's preparations for Tuesday's match, the club explored the option of postponing the fixture and engaged in extensive dialogue with the EFL. "Disappointingly, an agreement couldn't be reached due to the lack of clarity regarding potential sanctions SAFC could face in the event that the fixture was unfulfilled." The PA news agency understands the EFL will listen to all appeals from clubs for matches to be postponed, but an investigation into the reasons behind that request would subsequently be required.