Our prediction for this Championship match:
Following a shocking loss to League Two side Salford City in their EFL Cup opener, Preston will be aiming to record their first win of the season when they take on Sunderland at their Deepdale. The Lilywhites are eager to get their revenge on the Black Cats for the last season defeat, but given their slow start to the new campaign, home win should not be considered. Both Ched Evans and Emil Riis Jakobsen continue to miss out with injuries, while important defender Andrew Hughes returns to the starting XI.
Sunderland, meanwhile, aim to recover from back-to-back defeats to Ipswich and Crewe. As the visitors will go for a triumph in Saturday’s showdown as well, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. Defender Trai Hume is back from suspension, while all Matete, Alese, Embleton, Seelt, Evans, and Stewart remain in the treatment room, speaking of the away side.
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.