Sunderland vs Leeds predictions: Farke’s flock can flourish on Wearside
Promotion-chasing Leeds have had to go on an amazing run to stay in touch with the top two and they will be targeting a seventh win in eight games when facing play-off hopefuls Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
The Whites have piled up 19 points from their last seven fixtures and head to Wearside in high spirits after Saturday’s impressive 2-0 triumph away to Blackburn.
Sunderland will be preparing themselves for a tough test although they were 2-1 weekend winners at home to West Brom in their first game under interim manager Mike Dodds.
The Black Cats have clambered back into the play-off places but they are 11 points below Leeds and 18 outside of the automatic promotion slots.
Sunderland’s injury situation appears to be similar to the weekend with Dennis Cirkin (hamstring), Timothee Pembele, Corry Evans, and Jay Matete (all knee) on the sidelines.
Aji Alese (unspecified injury) has yet to feature this season.
Mike Dodds may be tempted to stick with the side which started Saturday’s 2-1 success at home to West Brom.
Leeds manager Daniel Farke has more scope to change things around with Djed Spence, Willy Gnonto, Jaidon Anthony and Patrick Bamford among the high-profile players pushing for recalls.
Junior Firpo (hamstring) and Stuart Dallas (hip) appear to be the only absentees.
Sunderland are one of four Championship teams without a single home draw.
Six of their nine league wins have come on home soil but only two of them have been accompanied by clean sheets.
Four of Sunderland’s wins have been by a 3-1 scoreline.
Both teams have scored in each of Sunderland’s last four home games.
Leeds have racked up nine wins from their last 11 fixtures.
They have kept clean sheets on two of their last three road trips and their defensive record (20 goals conceded) is the second best in the Championship.
Daniel Farke’s side have scored in 12 of their last 13 matches but they have fallen behind in two of their last three fixtures.
Leeds have played as well as any Championship side over the last few weeks and they look solid 19/20 favourites to defeat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland took the strange decision to dismiss Tony Mowbray, who had got them into play-off contention despite operating with the youngest team in the division.
The Black Cats’ clearly have a long-term vision with regards to their recruitment strategy but they appear to have been rather short-sighted with their treatment of Mowbray, who was doing a great job of developing the players.
Sunderland’s performances and results have been inconsistent, which is to be expected given the lack of experience in the side.
They are a dangerous side but are prone to making too many errors, and Leeds are not the sort of side who will let them off the hook.
Leeds head to Wearside on a three-game winning sequence and look highly likely to claim another maximum haul.
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