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Sunderland is returning to the Stadium of Light to face one of the top teams in the premier league – everything you need to know before kick-off is here!

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It may be the day before Valentine’s Day, but no love is lost between two Stadium of Light chasers this afternoon. Put simply, it’s the team sitting in seventh place and an opposition two places above them in fifth place aligns However, more forensic analysis shows that if Doncaster Rovers are winners today and there is a 16-point gap in hand between the two sides in either game,

Whenever Lee Johnson had the chance to peek at the League One table since the final whistle in Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday, he has noticed the top five teams are gradually separating from the rest of the field

The chance of filling the gap or simply staying in touch continues to slip through Sunderland’s fingers. Only two out of nine possible points have been scored in our last three games, all against the sides in the lower half of the table

More food for thought for Lee Johnson before kick-off is the fact that his team comes into play on the basis of a record that means a win in their last eight games at the Stadium of Light

In South Yorkshire, Darren Moore seems to be working wonders at the Keepmoat, and annual rebuild jobs in terms of roster make-up haven’t stopped Donny from being in the mix again, at least for a coveted play-off position this season

Moore may have been unlucky enough to miss last season because he hit the form and had the games in hand when the season was cut short In May, he rebuilt a squad that are potentially serious candidates for the League One title.Since the Stadium of Light draw in late November, Rovers have made their progress, winning ten of the thirteen games since that trip to the Northeast

The theory heard most often during broadcast windows is: empowering when you’re on top, and that’s exactly what they did in January Scott Robertson, Omar Bogle, Josh Sims, Matt Smith, and interestingly, John Bostock have been around since the turn of the year Joined the squad All five players were hired with the intention of bolstering what they already have, rather than supporting the players who did so well in the first half of the season

A tear in the armor could have been noticeable in the middle of the week, however, when they went 3-1 against Simon Grayson’s Fleetwood Town, which with a little bit of rare luck for Sunderland is still played today

I wasn’t counting on the line-up that was announced about half an hour before kick-off on Tuesday night, or the updated line-up we saw just before the teams showed up in Shrewsbury

Burge would certainly expect to get back into the group after Remi Matthews’ appearance on Tuesday, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Patterson between the sticks, either

In the last four games, the news that Jordan Willis is expected to be out for six months means that Dion Sanderson will be the favorite if he left in central defense with Bailey Wright on Tuesday

Left-back Lee Johnson has the dilemma of sticking with young Jake Vokins to bring him up to date for future games or taking him out of the line of fire, which means a possible start for Conor McLaughlin, who is back recently got fit

In midfield, I wouldn’t be surprised if Grant Leadbitter was sidelined for his third game in seven days.If he’s rested, Luke O’Nien could move into his more well-known position, but the possibility is there after Tuesday to see him as a left-back

Who knows how Lee Johnson will shuffle his deck of cards or where his selection wheel will land this time

Darren Moore will be forced to move on the back, with Tom Anderson likely to drop out from a concussion during the midweek defeat at Fleetwood Town Joe Wright will likely get the nod from Andy Butler

Jon Taylor could also come to the XI to replace Jason Lokilo, but Josh Sims is excluded as he is recovering from a thigh strain

Sunderland: J. McLaughlin, Willis, Ozturk, Lynch, O’Nien, Dobson, Power, Hume, Gooch, Maguire (Watmore), Wyke (Lafferty) Unused substitutes: Burge, C McLaughlin, Wright, Leadbitter, McNulty

Doncaster Rovers: Dieng, Halliday, John, Sheaf, Wright, Anderson, Taylor (Coppinger), Whiteman, Ennis (Watters), Gomes, James (Blair) Unused substitutes: Lawlor, Amos, Greaves

Not many players in the history of Sunderland Association Football Club have made an impact as Kieron Brady in just 40 games, especially when only 18 of them started

Tip for great things based on the brief taste we had of Brady after making his debut in 1989. Injuries and a rare vascular disease forced Brady to retire at the age of 22, making a move before retiring Doncaster Rovers was one last throw of the dice to get fit again The Irish winger made four appearances for Rovers

Sunderland’s record signing from West Bromwich Albion in 1991 to replace Marco Gabbiadini after moving to Crystal Palace, Goodman always seemed to be on Sunderland’s side, who struggled in the early 1990s

A move to big funders Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1994 to pursue his trade in the Premier League did not go according to plan as he saw Peter Reid’s Sunderland win the title and a place in the top division a year later

When he switched to Doncaster Rovers on loan towards the end of his career, the now Sky Sports expert appeared six times in the Keepmoat in 2003

Despite Doncaster’s form, Sunderland is the bookies’ favorite with all three points in the evening, with the away team on May 4th11 and the tempting draw on 0512

Charlie Wyke is the bookmaker favorite to open Sunderland 7/2 and 13/10 scorer at any time Aiden O’Brien is perhaps more valuable to 11/2 to get the home team kick off, and at 21/10 to hit the net anytime

A 1-0 win for Sunderland is 11: 2 before the correct result, followed by Sunderland’s favorite result with 1: 1 with 24: 5

A midweek replay where Doncaster would win 2-1 will be valued at a tempting 11-1 prize

Looking at the table and form guide, Darren Moore’s page might smell of blood before her trip north, but after wiggling at Fleetwood Ton mid-week, there might be an assumption that a tie is a decent result

When it comes to Sunderland, our fear of a second loss in five days can be just enough to be satisfied with even a draw It’s a 1-1 draw

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Source: https://rokerreport.sbnation.com/2021/2/13/22278139/match-preview-catch-up-on-all-of-the-build-up-ahead-of-sunderland-v-doncaster-rovers