League One

Power & Grigg must start later to give Sunderland the best chance of boosting promotion hopes

Power & Grigg must start later to give Sunderland the best chance of boosting promotion hopes

Sunderland host Blackpool tonight at the Stadium of Light in what promises to be an entertaining encounter.

The Black Cats perch in fourth position, 11 points off league leaders Luton Town, however, Sunderland do have three games in hand on them.

Sunderland are unbeaten in the division this year. So too would their opponents, Blackpool, had the hosts not beaten them on the first day of the year.

Since then, Blackpool are yet to lose, but one of the sides’ records surely has to give? With that being said, Jack Ross should start this pair if his side are to come out victorious…

Max Power

Power has made 21 League One appearances at the heart of the midfield and Sunderland fans will be hoping he can play a key role later tonight.

The 25-year-old’s passing range and ability to carve defence’s open with pinpoint precision will come in handy tonight as the Seasiders will look to contain the ensuing waves of attack.

If he can control the midfield from the early stages and orchestrate the attacks from deep, then Ross’ side stands themselves in good stead of getting a positive result tonight.

Will Grigg

The winter signing has now had two games to adjust to Ross’ style of play and develop a relationship with his teammates so tonight could be the game where he truly introduces himself as a Sunderland player.

Grigg has been clinical in League One over the years, contributing to 118 goals in 261 games in the division, so if there was to be a man to help better Sunderland’s chances of promotion to Championship, it is the Northern Irishman.

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