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Match Preview – S’land vs Blackpool

Last Updated: 11/02/19 3:40pm

Will Grigg is set to keep his place in the Sunderland starting line-up for the League One visit of Blackpool.

Grigg impressed Black Cats boss Jack Ross on his debut at Oxford on Saturday and showed no ill effects from his recent knee injury. Both Kazaiah Sterling and Chris Maguire are pushing to return to the squad after being left out for the trip to the Kassam Stadium.

Midfielder Lee Cattermole could be in line to return after missing the Oxford clash with a minor ankle injury.

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Blackpool new boys Antony Evans and Matty Virtue are both pushing for places in the Seasiders’ starting line-up. The pair impressed when they were introduced from the bench during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Walsall.

Blackpool captain Jay Spearing is definitely out due to a knee injury while Callum Guy (ankle) is battling for fitness. The visitors are still without longer term injury absentees Jimmy Ryan (knee) and Max Clayton (hamstring).

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One clash between Oxford and Sunderland.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One clash between Oxford and Sunderland.

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Sunderland will host Blackpool in a league clash for the first time since December 2010 in the Premier League, went they went down to a 0-2 defeat due to a DJ Campbell brace.

Sunderland, 1-0 winners in the reverse meeting at Bloomfield Road earlier this season, haven’t done a league double over Blackpool since the 1973-74 second tier campaign.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One clash between Blackpool and Walsall.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One clash between Blackpool and Walsall.

Sunderland are unbeaten in 15 home league matches, their best such run since going 19 without defeat at the Stadium of Light between August 2003 and April 2004.

Blackpool haven’t won three consecutive away league matches since February 2012 under Ian Holloway.

Sunderland’s Aiden McGeady has been involved in seven goals in his last eight League One appearances at the Stadium of Light (4 goals, 3 assists).

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