Preview: Lads in midweek visit to Crewe

Sunderland will look to make it successive away wins in Sky Bet League One on Tuesday night (KO 7:45pm), taking on Crewe Alexandra at the Mornflake Stadium.

The Lads kept up the pace with the high-flyers in the division after Saturday's 2-1 victory at Gillingham, and sit a point off league leaders Plymouth Argyle having played two fewer games.

Team news

Lee Johnson will hope for one or two returning players to return to his squad for the midweek clash, with Aiden McGeady and Leon Dajaku close to fitness.

Corry Evans, Lynden Gooch and Nathan Broadhead remain out, whilst Arbenit Xhemajli continues his road to full recovery with more Under-23 experience. Elliot Embleton begins a three-game ban, following his red card at the weekend.

Youngsters including Ollie Younger and Stephen Wearne may be involved in the matchday squad.


Crewe currently sit 23rd in the League One table, above only Doncaster Rovers having claimed just one win from their opening 12 games, a 2-0 success over Burton Albion in September.

Despite the struggles of David Artell's men during the early months of the campaign, the Lads faced an uphill battle in their last visit to Cheshire, coming back from 2-0 down late on to draw 2-2 in February through sensational strikes from Jordan Jones and Chris Maguire.

Last season was Crewe's first term back in the third tier after four years in League Two - the team often fluctuating between the two divisions in recent seasons. The club's last season in the Championship was 2005-06; Artell has been highly valued at the Mornflake Stadium for his exploits with the team.

Sunderland will be reunited with full-back Callum McFadzean, who signed for Crewe in the summer after spending last term on Wearside.

Around the grounds

Tuesday night sees another full fixture programme take place across League One, with some interesting match-ups due. Plymouth take on Bolton at Home Park as they look to remain on their perch, whilst Wigan host MK Dons and in-form Wycombe head to fifth-placed Rotherham. The Black Cats' last league opponents Gillingham host Doncaster who remain at the foot of the table, with Portsmouth hosting Ipswich in an intriguing encounter at Fratton Park.

Tickets and streaming

Tickets will be available on the night at the Mornflake Stadium for Sunderland supporters in the away stand - head to the away ticket office from 5pm on Tuesday to purchase, with cash and card payments available.

SAFSee streaming will be available to both UK and overseas-based supporters by clicking here - streaming passes cost £10 each.

Social media coverage will take place as usual on the club's official platforms on Twitter @SunderlandAFC, and Instagram @sunderlandafcofficial.

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