Football talk thrives on whats ifs.
What if Jack Ross, suitably impressed by his much-changed team’s latest winning exploits in the Carabao Cup, decided the same side can surely coast past MK Dons in the more important matter of the League One promotion race?
It was, after all, a fine 1-0 win against Sheffield United, albeit also much changed after their 2-0 Premier League triumph at Everton.
But we know it won’t happen because football doesn’t tend to work that way. A few of Wednesday night’s stars may get into the squad but the chances of Ross announcing an unchanged side are less than zero.
Over to you the readers. What sort of line-up would please you and convince you Sunderland will gain three points to compensate for lost ground at home to Rotherham and at Bolton? It’s the kind of game we should be winning with relative ease but have developed a habit of only drawing.
And for the purposes of this posting, what will be the score?
As usual (for now), it is not a prize competition but a just-for-fun invitation to predict the Stadium of Light scoreline.
Ha’way the Lads, whichever lads Ross selects.
And as a reminder, here is how the SAFC team shaped up at Bramall Lane:
Burge; McLaughlin, De Bock, Lynch, Flanagan (C), O’Nien; Power, McGeouch, Maguire, Embleton; Wyke
Subs: Patterson, Dobson, Grigg, Leadbitter, Hume, Taylor, Connelly