Sunderland host Doncaster Rovers on Saturday afternoon under the temporary charge of Mike Dodds following Lee Johnson’s sacking recently.

The Englishman was dismissed after the Black Cats were thumped 6-0 at Bolton Wanderers last weekend, nevertheless, they stay third in League One going into their meeting with bottom side Doncaster.

Regardless of the dismissal of Johnson and a heavy defeat, there was plenty of excitement surrounding The Stadium of Light today, as previous striker Jermain Defoe re-joined the North-East club for the rest of the season.

But will the 39-year-old make his 2nd Sunderland debut on Saturday? Here’s how Football FanCast think the Black Cats will start against Rovers.

Although it’s the same defence that shipped 6 objectives last week, Dodds doesn’t have a wide variety of defensive choices at his disposal and may be lured to keep the back-four untouched.

It could be argued that Tom Flanagan would’ve been an appropriate choice to put back into the fold, but the 30-year-old joined League One competitors Shrewsbury Town on due date day.

The modifications come in midfield as Alex Pritchard slots into a main role in the place of Dan Neil whilst we anticipate Jack Clarke to make his full launching for Sunderland after coming off of the bench against Bolton recently.

The 21-year-old has actually withstood a series of regrettable occasions considering that his move from Leeds United to Tottenham Hotspur in 2019, having been a breakout star for the Whites.

After going back to Leeds on loan for half of the 2019/20 campaign, the Englishman has also had momentary spells at QPR and Stoke City and previously this month made the move down another department to sign up with Sunderland.

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In terms of the striking department, although Sunderland fans will want to see Defoe back in a red and white shirt as soon as possible, the Black Cats do boast the third tier’s existing top-scorer in Ross Stewart, who has 18 league objectives, and it would be unfair to see the Scotsman replaced for nostalgic factors.

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