Tony Mowbray will be hoping for a winning start to life as Sunderland Head Coach as his new side take on unbeaten Rotherham at the Stadium of Light in the Sky Bet Championship.
Both sides have made positive starts to life back in the Championship. Sunderland have picked up eight points from their opening six games and Rotherham have nine points on the board having played one game less.
Everyone involved with Sunderland were shocked on Friday to learn of Alex Neil’s desire to leave. They have, however, moved very quickly to appoint a new Head Coach in Tony Mowbray, who is very experienced and fits the new style on and off the pitch.
Paul Warne’s Rotherham have been promoted or relegated between the Championship and League One every season for the past seven seasons and the start of this season would suggest that the Millers are better equipped this year to, at the very least, stay up.
Sunderland will once again be without Niall Huggins and Carl Winchester who are long term injury concerns. Leon Dajaku could feature having missed the past five games due to injury. There could be a space on the bench for new signing, unknown entity, Jewison Bennette after Jack Diamond left on loan to Lincoln City this week.
Rotherham have concerns over Cameron Humphreys and Cohen Bramall who picked up knocks in United’s 2-0 win over Birmingham City at the weekend. Assistant manager also told the media that fans need to be more realistic with their expectations of game time for young Brooke Norton-Cuffy, who signed recently on loan from Arsenal.
“We have to be careful with him.
“[The Birmingham game] was his Championship debut and it will have taken a lot out of him mentally and physically.
“We have to be as aware of him as we are anybody else.”
Having been promoted from League One together last season, Sunderland and Rotherham will be familiar with each other and it sets up an exciting spectacle on Wearside tonight. With another bumper crowd expected at the Stadium of Light, a win could take either side into the play-off spots heading into September.