Preview

The Black Cats’ face Preston North-End as the Championship returns following the International break.

Preston haven’t had the best of starts, winning just 2 of their opening 10 games so far this season.

However, they have proven to be hard to beat as they already have 6 draws so far.

Last time out they suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Sheffield United, causing them to slip down to 15th in the table.

Sundsrland have had a great start to the season so far as they sit in 5th.

The Black Cats’ were impressive last time out against Watford, as they came back from behind twice to draw 2-2 with the Hornets, thanks to a late leveler from young Costa Rican star Jewison Bennette.

Sunderland have struggled against Preston in recent times, failing to win in their last 6 games against them, losing 5 of them.

The Wearsiders’ last victory against Preston came in 2004 with a 3-1 win at The Stadium of Light.

Jewison Bennette could feature after impressing for Costa Rica during the international break.

Bennette scored 2 goals as his side drew 2-2 with South Korea.

Ellis Simms was expected to return, but Mowbray confirmed that, that is not the case.

Abdoullah Ba suffered a dead leg as he played for France’s under 19s last week, but he has trained and he is expected to be fit for the upcoming match.

Prediction

Sunderland 2-1 Preston

Scorers – Jack Clarke and Patrick Roberts

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