Northampton Town Preview Podcast Sunderland Away- The last day of the season is a dead rubber against Sunderland.
What’s to say? The Cobblers have been relegated from League One with a game left to play. Not even the thought of a first trip to the Stadium of Light since the League Cup penalty defeat of 2008 inspires much out of the fan base.
Sunderland – WLDDL
Cobblers – LDWLD
Sunderland are looking ahead to the play offs and probably don’t care about this match. They can still finish 3rd, 4th or 5th but lets be honest, they won’t care which position they end up in. All that matters for Mackems is that they get promoted.
Jon Brady, with his future still not clear, will want to finish the season on a high. Not that it matters. It’s not like most of the players will still be here in August so talk of laying down a marker for next season is purely for the media soundbites.
Plenty of suggestions have been made about the line up for this Saturday’s game with the Black Cats. Personally, I would like to see some of the youth teamers involved from the start. A spine of Berry, Dyche, McWilliams and Chukwuemeka would at least give us something of a different outlook.
With the season over, albeit one last 90 mins, don’t expect Brady to ‘risk’ anyone carrying an injury. Joseph Mills will most likely not feature after he limped off early doors against Blackpool last week and the likes of Peter Kioso, Mikel Miller, Lloyd Jones and Ryan Watson will all be feeling sore.
Sunderland manager Lee Johnson will probably rest key men Aiden McGeady and Charlie Wyke according to the Sunderland Echo.
Last Time Out
Northampton 0-0 Sunderland
Both sides drew a blank on 2 January at Sixfields. The game, truth be told was fairly uneventful as the Cobblers stifled Sunderland’s attacking threat in what was one of Lee Johnson’s first games in charge.
I’ll level with you. I couldn’t care less. This game is about as meaningful as the outcome of a game of tiddlywinks. For what it’s worth though, I think Jon Brady will name a much changed side, scattered with youth prospects. Although neither Tom Cross or Ethan Johnstone will be involved as the pair are currently on trial with Sunderland!
As for the result, Sunderland will be wanting to finish the season, and enter the play offs on a high. And it’s a high they will get as they run out comfortable 3-0 winners.
Charles: Sunderland 3-0 Cobblers
Neil: Sunderland 19-3 Cobblers (yes, he’s serious and thinks we’ll score 3!)
Danny: Sunderland 7-0 Cobblers
Jefé: Sunderland A-A Cobblers (Tractors on the pitch cause abandonment of game in 17th minute)
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