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Championship preview: Sunderland vs. Millwall

MILLWALL could help Sunderland set an unwanted record when the sides meet on Saturday.

The Black Cats haven’t won at the Stadium of Light in 19 games since last December and failure to beat the Lions will put them out on their own with the most number of consecutive home games without a victory in the history of English football.

Sunderland are still yet to appoint a permanent manager following the sacking of Simon Grayson, with Robbie Stockdale set to take charge at the weekend.

Sunderland have the joint-worst defensive record in the Championship, and are three points away from safety at the foot of the table.

One of the only bright spots for them, and one of the only causes for optimism for their supporters on Saturday, is the form of former Millwall striker Lewis Grabban, who has scored eight goals in 12 league games this season.

Despite their current position, Grabban is optimistic they can turn their season around.

“It’s been tough, we haven’t got the results we wanted obviously,” Grabban said this week.

“We just have to stick with it, the league still hasn’t created a massive gap so if we can get a couple of wins we’ll be out of the relegation zone and can begin looking upwards.

“We’ve been a bit unlucky in some aspects but there are little mistakes that we need to cut out of our game, we need to have a bit more responsibility in all areas of the pitch. If we’re able to do that and put the good bits together for the majority of the game then we’ll be fine.”

Millwall are without Jed Wallace, who starts his three-match ban for his red card against Burton before the international break.

Fred Onyedinma and Shane Ferguson are the most obvious candidates to replace him.

Shaun Williams is back in training but it could be another month before he returns to first-team action.

Centre-back Jake Cooper, meanwhile, is available again after suspension and set to start in place of Tony Craig alongside Shaun Hutchinson.

Stockdale will be without defenders Billy Jones and Lamine Kone, and midfielder Didier Ndong could also be unavailable.

Form guide

Sunderland: DDLDL

Millwall: LWDLL

Millwall record against Sunderland 

Played 36

Won 13 Drew 8 Lost 15

Possible Millwall line-up

4-4-2: Archer; McLaughlin, Hutchinson, Cooper, Meredith; Onyedinma, Tunnicliffe, Saville, O’Brien; Gregory, Morison.

Match odds

Sunderland 5/4 Draw 23/10 Millwall 21/10

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly

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