With some playoff places still to be decided on the final day of the Championship season, Sunderland face a tricky trip to Deepdale to face Preston North End on Monday. Preston’s season ended with defeat last weekend, but the visitors can still make the playoffs.
For Sunderland to have any chance of finishing the regular season in the Championship’s top six, they must win here in Lancashire. On top of that, the Black Cats also need either Coventry City to lose or Millwall to fail to win, while hoping West Bromwich Albion do not win by four goals more than them.
The odds are stacked against Sunderland, but it would be an improbable achievement to extend their season into the playoffs, giving them an opportunity to become just the fourth side ever to win back-to-back promotion from League One to the Premier League.
Preston are winless in their last four matches, with four of those games ending in defeat. They are, however, unbeaten in their last seven home matches and will be looking forward to Monday’s game.
Sunderland, meanwhile, are on an eight-game unbeaten run after losing four of their five games prior. They have won their last two away matches and could extend that streak next week.
Prediction: Preston North End 0-1 Sunderland
This match will start from 7:30 PM
This match will take place on 8 May 2023
Both teams will enter the match with all the selected players.
Preston North End:- Woodman; Storey, Bauer, Hughes; Potts, Ledson, Onomah, Johnson, Alvaro Fernandez; Parrott, Cannon
Sunderland:- Patterson; Gooch, Hume, O’Nien, Cirkin; Neil, Pritchard, Amad; Roberts, Gelhardt, Clarke
PRESTON NORTH END TO WIN
SUNDERLAND TO WIN