14 December 2019 16:40
Welcome to the live coverage of Sunderland's League One clash with Blackpool at the Stadium of Light. The two sides come into the game in contrasting fortunes with Blackpool fourth in the table and unbeaten in six league games. Promotion favourites Sunderland, meanwhile, find themselves without a win in seven in all competitions as pressure continues to mount on Phil Parkinson. Blackpool boss Simon Grayson knows all about the pressures of managing Sunderland, and his return to Wearside, his first since he was sacked in October 2017, adds an extra layer of intrigue to what is already a hugely significant game for the struggling home side. Join us throughout the day for live updates of all the build-up, action and analysis from the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats' chief has made FIVE changes, which sees a return to the side for Charlie Wyke after his impressive cameo at Gillingham. Will Grigg, meanwhile, is dropped while Lynden Gooch returns to the bench after injury. And supporters had plenty to say on the selection on social media – here's what they were posting: Phil Parkinson has named his Sunderland side to face Blackpool Sign up to our Sunderland AFC newsletter The i newsletter cut through the noise Thanks for signing up! Sorry, there seem to be some issues. Please try again later.
Submitting... @MattCrighton said: "Horrendous back line." @LeeAddison5 added: "That line up is disgusting" But @tongey93 argued: "Finally wing backs who are capable of getting forward and back. 2 in midfield who can actually run (Not Leadbitter) and a front 3 who all have different qualities. Tbh this is about the line up I'd of had (maybe no De Bock)" @sarahpatta_ commented: "Hahaha. That's my Saturday ruined. Cheers lads" @ParkerSAFC posted: "Cant even figure out who is playing right back nevermind the formation" @76skelly tweeted: "Better line up than last week but is that 2 left backs as part of a back 4? Just go out and win... or even try will do" @AidanGill_98 said: "No Grigg and Leadbitter is great, but what is that back four "@IanC1102 commented: "532. Attacking full backs unlike last week. A bit better. Lynch and Willis prob not fully fit so centre back options limited. That area looks a bit scary." Sunderland AFC XI: McLaughlin, Ozturk, Flanagan, Hume, De Bock, Power, Dobson, O'Nien, Maguire, Watmore, Wyke Get involved with the news in your community