Sunderland vs Leeds – Match preview and team news

Sunderland take on Leeds United in the FA Cup third round in what is a repeat of the 1973 final, with both sides struggling for wins in their respective divisions.

The home side have plenty of fight among their ranks and have proved tough to beat all season, but have only managed three Premier League victories and were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Stoke City.

Manager Gustavo Poyet will be looking to improve on last season’s efforts in this competition, where they reached the quarter-finals, and they will come into this encouraged by a battling display at Manchester City, where the Black Cats came from two goals down to draw level only to lose to a Frank Lampard strike.

It has been yet another season of turmoil at Leeds. Under the supervision of demanding Italian owner Massimo Cellino, they are now on their third permanent manager, and have recently been hit by a transfer embargo, which could prove very costly in the months to come.

All of this chopping and changing has not led to good results, with the club currently occupying 20th place in the Championship, just a point clear of the bottom three. The poor run continued on Tuesday with an abject performance at Derby County, where they lost 2-0 and failed to register a shot on target.

Anthony Revelliere and Patrick van Aanholt are both out for Sunderland, who are waiting on the fitness of Lee Cattermole and Santiago Vergini. Leeds are set to rotate their squad, with Billy Sharp and Adryan hopeful of earning recalls.

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