Predicted Sunderland line-up to play Burnley: Wickham and Gomez to start

Match to be played on Saturday 31st January 2015 at 15:00. Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

Sunderland welcome Burnley to the Stadium of Light on Saturday with both sides desperate for the three points.

Gus Poyet’s men are currently 16th in the Premier League table, just one point above the relegation zone, while Sean Dyche’s side are one place below them.

Both sides have 20 points from their 22 games played, with the Black Cats ahead only on the slenderest of goal-difference margins.

Sunderland have not won any of their last three matches and recent defeats at the hands of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have sent them worryingly close to the bottom three.

A win this weekend would be a welcome boost but Burnley are always tough opponents and will be keen on a positive result of their own.

Sunderland are without the suspended Jack Rodwell while Anthony Reveillere is seeking match fitness following a calf injury.

Wes Brown is a doubt with a knee injury and Lee Cattermole has a slim chance of recovering from a groin problem.

Below is the side we predict Poyet will opt for this weekend:

Predicted Sunderland starting line-up: Mannone, Vergini, O’Shea, Coates, Jones, van Aanholt, Larsson, Bridcutt, Gomez, Wickham, Defoe

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