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Power should start and Cattermole should be benched against Wycombe this afternoon

Power should start and Cattermole should be benched against Wycombe this afternoon

Can anyone stop them? Yet another win for Sunderland, this time in the Checkatrade Trophy, continues the unbeaten streak in 2019 and with so many players impressing of late, it will be sure to give Jack Ross a selection headache.

In the 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle last weekend, Ross opted for club captain Lee Cattermole and Grant Leadbitter at the base of his midfield which paid dividends, as the pair were solid in shielding the back four with the former even grabbing a goal himself.

However, ahead of the game against Wycombe Wanderers this afternoon, Ross should look to alter the personnel in that midfield from the previous League 1 game, given the midweek performance against Bristol Rovers.

With that being said, here is one player Ross should start and one player he should bench today…

Start Max Power

Power has not started in League 1 in a month, having sat out for ties against Blackpool and Plymouth and only making short cameo appearances in the other three games.

The 25-year-old started against Rovers in midweek and was arguably Man of the Match as he dictated the play throughout and even assisted Will Grigg with a lovely ball for the opener.

Given that he produced such a performance after not starting for a while, he certainly deserves the chance to build on that today.

Bench Lee Cattermole

Cattermole has struggled with injuries at times this season, but within his 22 League 1 appearances, his combative nature deep in midfield has been very helpful in breaking down opponents attacks.

The 30-year-old had started the previous three League 1 games, but he missed out in midweek with a minor knock to the ankle. Ross told the media that “we hope and expect them (Cattermole and Reece James) to be available for Saturday” so it does not look to have been an injury of note.

Even still, given Power and Leadbitter’s form, Ross should look to start that pairing and bench Cattermole, possibly bringing him off the bench, just so that knock does not become aggravated.

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