David Prutton backs Sunderland to win against Oxford United

A general view of Stadium of Light, home of Sunderland FC during the Sky Bet League One match between Sunderland and Fleetwood Town at Stadium of Light on September 8, 2018 in Sunderland,...

Sunderland and Oxford United will face each other on Saturday.

A general view of the stadium before the pre-season friendly game between Sunderland AFC and SC Heerenveen at Stadium of Light on July 27, 2019 in Sunderland, England.

David Prutton has predicted on Skysports.com that Sunderland will win against Oxford United at the Stadium of Light in League One this weekend.

Sunderland will take on Oxford at home on Saturday afternoon in their opening game of the 2019-20 League One campaign.

Former Nottingham Forest and Leeds United midfielder Prutton believes that Jack Ross’s side will pick up all three points from the encounter courtesy of a 2-0 win in front of their own fans.

Prutton wrote on Skysports.com: “It is another season in League One for Sunderland, having failed to win automatic promotion and then faltering in the play-off final in May.

“Jack Ross will need to rally his squad and get the fans behind them early doors. Oxford were one of the form teams in the second half of last season. At one point it looked like they would be in a relegation dogfight, but they eventually finished in the top half of the table.

“Ben Woodburn could be fantastic at this level, and if they can perform over a whole season then they could have a swing at the top six. Sunderland, though, should start the season with a win.”

A footnote added: “Prutton predicts: 2-0.”

A general view of the Stadium of Light during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Middlesbrough at Stadium of Light on February 24, 2018 in Sunderland, England.

Starting on a positive note

Sunderland reached the Championship playoff final last season, but the Black Cats lost the big game at Wembley Stadium in London.

The Black Cats will be determined to put that disappointment behind them and aim for a top-two finish in the League One table this season.

One of the main reasons why Ross’s side did not end up in the automatic promotion places last season was the number of draws they had, and the Black Cats need to address this issue during the 2019-20 campaign.

Manager Jack Ross during a Sunderland AFC training session at The Academy of Light on July 30, 2019 in Sunderland, England.

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