Confirmed: Sunderland line-up v Darlington

This is how Sunderland will line up against Darlington at Heritage Park this evening…

Sunderland will be looking to start their series of pre-season friendly matches on a winning note this evening.

The Black Cats will take on Darlington at Heritage Park and will be aiming to register a comfortable victory.

Dick Advocaat’s side have already started pre-season training, and the players will be looking to make the most of tonight’s match.

The Sunderland players will view this evening’s game as a way to build up their fitness and get into match spirit.

The Black Cats narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League last season and will be hoping for a better campaign in 2015-16.

Many Premier League followers will expect Sunderland to once again battle for survival, and that could well be the case.

Sunderland have made two signings so far this summer - right-back Adam Matthews from Celtic and centre-back Sebastian Coates from Liverpool.

This is how Sunderland will line up for the pre-season game against Darlington this evening:

Sunderland XI: Pickford, Jones, van Aanholt, Bridcutt, Brown, Beadling, Giaccherini, Defoe, Graham, Cattermole, Johnson

Subs: Mannone, Matthews, Wickham, Buckley, Smith, Brady, T Robson

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