Our prediction for this Championship match:
Blackpool and Sunderland go head to head at Bloomfield Road in what is expected to be a close Championship encounter. The Seasiders are not enjoying a season to remember, with the team sitting in the relegation zone, but a win over Sunderland could see them escape the bottom three. The good news for the hosts is that centre-back Jordan Thorniley is back from suspension, but both Gabriel and Bridcutt remain in the recovery room.
Meanwhile, the Black Cats aim to build on back-to-back wins over Blackburn and Wigan, and they must be high on spirits ahead of Sunday’s clash. Sunderland have been in a much better form of late than Blackpool, and given their fine away record in the 2022/2023 season, we predict that the visitors are going to pick up all three points from the match. As for the away side, both Roberts and Stewart are pushing for recalls after the duo got their names on the scoresheet in the crushing of the Latics.
Highlighted Player (Chris Maxwell):
Chris Maxwell is a Welsh goalkeeper who was born in St Asaph on July 30, 1990. Maxwell began his youth career at Penrhyn Bay (1998-2000) and in 2000 he moved to Wrexham. The 188-cm-tall shoot-stopper made his first-team debut for Wrexham at the age of 18 and he played 76 league games for the club from 2008 to 2012.
During the 2008/2009 season he spent six months on loan at Welsh club Connah’s Quay Nomads and in 2012 he joined Fleetwood Town. Chris Maxwell made 110 appearances in the league for the Trawlermen and on May 16, 2016 he signed a three-year deal with Championship side Preston North End. You should know that he managed to keep clean sheets in 38 appearances for the Lilywhites in the 2016/2017 Championship campaign.
Due to his dual citizenship, Maxwell is capable of representing both Wales and Scotland at senior level, but he played for the Dragons at youth level, being capped for the U21 team 16 times.
Highlighted Team (Sunderland):
Sunderland are a professional football club that have been playing their home games at the Stadium of Light since 1997. The capacity of the stadium is 49,000, but before expansion the original ground capacity was 42,000. Red and White shirts are Sunderland’s trademark and the club’s fiercest rivals are Newcastle United. The two local rivals have been contesting in the Tyne-Wear derby since 1898 and there have always been fireworks in what is one of the greatest derbies in English football. Sunderland were on the verge of dropping to the Championship in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but experienced tactician Sam Allardyce eventually helped the team avoid relegation.
The Black Cats have won six First Division trophies (now the Premier League), with the team lifting two FA Cup titles. Sunderland won their first FA Cup trophy in 1937, with the team beating Preston North End 3-1 in the title game. The club was founded in 1879 as Sunderland and District Teachers A.F.C.