Check out our at-a-glance big match preview to Leeds United’s clash with Sunderland.
ADAM JOHNSON V CHARLIE TAYLOR
Will Gus Poyet play his strongest team? Common sense tells you that Sunderland’s line-up will change but if Johnson, pictured, plays, much of the threat will come from him. He’s been one of Sunderland’s better players this season and Taylor, on a rare appearance at left-back, will have his work cut out.
BLACK CATS KEY MAN
Connor Wickham. Again, much depends on the personnel Poyet picks but Wickham is a regular at Sunderland now and exactly the sort of striker who gives Leeds problems – big, strong and blessed with a bit of pace.
LAST TIME AT THE STADIUM OF LIGHT
Tuesday, December 26, 2006. Sunderland 2 Leeds United 0.
Goals: Sunderland – Connolly 65, Leadbitter 81.
PHIL HAY’S VERDICT
This is a rare chance for Leeds to play without a great deal riding on the game but their form is poor and you can’t imagine that in the circumstances a long cup run would suit the club. Sunderland aren’t brilliant at home but
anyone looking for an upset might be better off looking elsewhere. The bookies have Leeds at 11/2.