Preview: Lads head to Lancashire

Sunderland AFC are looking to make it three wins from three with a trip to Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship.

Following victories against Southampton and Queens Park Rangers, Tony Mowbray’s side face a double-header this week with a trip to Ewood Park before hosting Cardiff City on Sunday.


Rovers currently sit in eighth place level on points with the Lads after six games in the Sky Bet Championship.

Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side resumed the season with a win against Middlesbrough on Saturday following the international break. A goal in either half from Sammie Szmodics sealed the three points in Lancashire.

In June 2022, Rovers appointed Tommason as first team manager taking over from Mowbray who was in charge at the club for over five years.

The Dane made over 450 senior career appearances for the likes of AC Milan, Feyenoord and Villarreal whilst claiming 112 caps for Denmark. The former striker started his coaching career at Dutch side Excelsior before managing at Roda JC and Malmo FF.

Following the conclusion of the 2022-23 campaign which saw Rovers pipped to the play-offs on the final day by the Black Cats, Tomasson brought in seven new signings including Borussia Mönchengladbach centre-forward Semir Telalovic. 13 players have departed Ewood Park including Ben Brereton Diaz who made the switch Villarreal and midfielder Bradley Dack, who joined Sunderland this summer.

Team News

Sunderland will be without midfielder Pierre Ekwah who was forced off in the win over QPR with a dead leg.

Dennis Cirkin will remain absent with a hamstring injury while Nazariy Rusyn is still ineligible to play due to the ongoing process over obtaining a visa.

Aji Alese and Elizier Mayenda continue to recover from their respective long-term injuries with the pair making a recent return to on-pitch training while captain Corry Evans will remain on the sidelines for a number of months. 


Our trip to Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday is available to stream on SAFC Live for UK and overseas customers.

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