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One change in Sunderland possible XI, as team and injury news emerges ahead of Southampton clash…



Sunderland head coach Mike Dodds may make a single alteration to the possible starting lineup as the team prepares to face Southampton.


The upcoming match against Southampton is crucial for Sunderland, who are currently struggling and desperately require a boost of positivity.


With each passing week, the belief among the fanbase is diminishing, and it would be beneficial for the club to emphasize that there are reasons to be hopeful for the upcoming season.

There are no updates on the injury front, with Jack Clarke, Patrick Roberts, Bradley Dack, Dennis Cirkin, and Aji Alese all still unavailable.


So, let’s attempt to predict the lineup that Mike Dodds will choose for the upcoming match.


Sunderland predicted lineup against Southampton (4-3-3)


GK: Anthony Patterson: Showed improvement in the last game against Leicester, hopefully a positive sign.


RB: Trai Hume: No reason to exclude him or change his position.


CB: Jenson Seelt: Getting a good run of games due to Dan Ballard’s suspension and Luke O’Nien’s absence.


CB: Dan Ballard: Returned against Leicester, will be interesting to see his performance as the senior defender.


LB: Leo Hjelde: Not making a strong impression, but limited options available.


CM: Dan Neil: Key player and likely to captain the team in O’Nien’s absence.


CM: Pierre Ekwah: Yet to showcase his full potential, but showing promise.


CM: Chris Rigg: Deserves to retain his spot after a strong showing against Leicester.


RW: Callum Styles: Ball retention against Southampton will be crucial, making Styles a suitable choice.


CF: Jobe Bellingham: Luis Hemir’s form has been lacking, so a return for Jobe up front wouldn’t be surprising.


LW: Romaine Mundle: Inconsistent performances, but persistence may be necessary.