Sunderland v Leeds United: FA Cup big match preview

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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.

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