Sunderland AFC v Wigan Athletic LIVE: Team news and match updates from Stadium of Light
Sunderland themselves are in a poor run of form having failed to win any of their last six games in all competitions, but could be buoyed by the imminent arrival of Lee Johnson as Head Coach.
And we’ll have the latest from the Stadium of Light throughout the afternoon in our live blog – just scroll down for all the latest:
RECAP: Sunderland AFC 0-1 Wigan Athletic (Joseph 15)
The lowdown on the new man in charge at Sunderland
THE TEAM NEWS IN!
Lee Johnson has named his first Sunderland side - and Aiden McGeady is in from the start!
The new Head Coach makes three changes for the visit of Wigan Athletic, and it looks like the Black Cats will be playing a 4-3-3.
McGeady comes into the side along with Will Grigg and Lee Burge - as Charlie Wyke, Remi Matthews and Luke O'Nien drop out.
Here's the side in full: Burge; McLaughlin, Wright, Flanagan, Hume; Scowen, Leadbitter, Power; McGeady, Maguire, Grigg
And on the bench: Matthews, Dobson, Sanderson, Embleton, Graham, Diamond, McFadzean
Wigan, meanwhile, make two changes as Lee Evans and Thelo Aasgaard come into the side.
So the Latics start as follows: Jones, Pearce, Tilt, Naismith, Evans, Gardner, Joseph, Perry, James, Aasgaard, Long
And on the bench: Evans, Obi, Robinson, Merrie, Smith, Crankshaw, Jolley
Here’s the full teamsheet from the Stadium of Light
Look who’s back in red and white...
Lee Johnson comes out to survey his surroundings
The Sunderland head coach is stood on the touchline, taking in the Stadium of Light for the first time.
A tactical hint from the Black Cats
The attacking and defensive units have broken off into their separate sections of the warm-up - and Sunderland are warming-up as a back four.
So the predicted switch to 4-3-3 looks to be right…
Here we go then...
Sunderland come out the tunnel, led by Max Power, as they prepare to get the Lee Johnson era underway.
Stick with us for updates from the game!
1 - Aaaaaand we’re under way!
Wigan get us started!
2 - How have Sunderland started?
The Black Cats are straight on the front foot and are playing something resembling a 4-3-3 - but with Scowen and Power pushing high up the field.
It’s allowing Sunderland to get plenty of bodies forward. Great to see.
There’s been no real chances as of yet, although the Black Cats did win a corner which came to nothing.
7 - Sunderland well on top
The Black Cats look full of confidence and are getting forward whenever possible.
Chances are proving elusive for both sides, though. Neither stopper has been called into action just yet despite the early pressure from the hosts.