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Sunderland enter Saturday’s contest in fifth position, but with two points separating them from seventh-placed Wycombe Wanderers, Alex Neil will be fully aware that his side can not afford a drop in form.
The Black Cats have impressed in recent encounters after picking up eight points from their last four matches, and they will be aiming for consecutive victories on Saturday following their 3-1 home win over Fleetwood Town in midweek.
Neil’s side trailed at half time after Ellis Harrison opened the scoring, but Sunderland demonstrated their quality in the second period to claim all three points thanks to goals from Elliot Embleton, Luke O’Nien and Jack Clarke.
Despite their promising run of form, Sunderland have experienced mixed results on home turf in recent matches, with their last six home games yielding three defeats, two victories and a draw.
However, they still boast the third-best home record in League One this term after collecting 38 points from their 18 league matches at the Stadium of Light, and that home form will be crucial in their quest to finish in the playoffs.
Neil has utilised different formations since taking over as Sunderland boss, including a half-time switch to a back three in Tuesday’s win over Fleetwood, and he is expected to opt for three centre-backs once again on Saturday.
O’Nien may have earned himself a starting berth after scoring in his 20-minute appearance in the midweek win over Fleetwood.
Ross Stewart will once again lead the line as the current League One top scorer looks to add to his 22-goal tally.
As for the visitors, they are still without the services of Ben Knight and Scott Kashket due to injury issues.
Rekeem Harper could be in contention for a starting place after being introduced in the second half against Portsmouth.
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Meanwhile, Chris Long has scored two goals in his last three games, and he will be looking to find the net once again when he partners Chris Porter upfront on Saturday.
Sunderland possible starting lineup:
Patterson; Winchester, Wright, Xhemajli; Gooch, Matete, O’Nien, Cirkin; Embleton, Clarke, Stewart
Crewe Alexandra possible starting lineup:
Richards; Johnson, O’Riordan, Offord; Agyei, Murphy, Harper, Lowery, Lundstram; Porter, Long