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Sunderland vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 17th November 2018, k.o. 3pm
Stadium of Light
Referee: Michael Salisbury
Six years ago this weekend, Wanderers plummeted to the foot of the Football League with a 3-1 loss at Northampton, while Sunderland collected a 3-1 victory at Fulham in the top flight.
On Saturday, the two meet for the first time in their histories, with both sides currently on track to meet their goals in Sky Bet League 1. For Gareth Ainsworth's Wycombe, comprised mostly of free agents and loan stars, the 55-point mark for survival is the aim, while Jack Ross's Black Cats expect an immediate return to the Championship, and could go top of the third tier with a win.
It would be a ninth successive victory in all competitions for the Wearsiders, who've kept four clean sheets in a row in the league, with the tightest defence and the second most predatory attack.
But Wanderers have rattled the cages of other promotion hopefuls in Portsmouth and Peterborough in recent weeks and head north believing they can upset the form guide once again, seeking a first away win since August but buoyed by recent improvements which have seen them collect four successive home league triumphs.
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Wanderers have sold over 700 tickets in advance; Chairboys fans can buy on the day at no price increase.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Over 65: £17.50
Under 22: £12.50
Under 16: £7.50
Tickets go off sale at 12pm on Friday 16th November. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before that time, or from The Stadium Of Light from 1.30pm on the day of the game.
Sunderland are missing Bali Mumba who is on international duty, though Tom Flanagan is now available after being released from his call-up by Northern Ireland. Long-serving midfielder Lee Cattermole is sidelined due to injury, which could hand an opportunity to the Black Cats' former Chairboy Luke O'Nien. Max Power is back from suspension, but attackers Duncan Watmore and Charlie Wyke are still on the road to recovery from their injury problems.
Wycombe will hand a second debut to Matt Ingram in goal after the QPR man returned on an emergency loan following injuries to Ryan Allsop and Yves Ma-Kalambay, while Anthony Stewart, Sam Saunders, Matt Bloomfield, Michael Harriman, Adebayo Akinfenwa, Darius Charles and Nathan Tyson are all nearing a return to the side after injury ahead of the Christmas schedule.
Man in the Middle
Michael Salisbury has shown 48 yellow and two red cards in his 17 games in charge so far this season.
He was the referee for Wanderers' games at Chesterfield (FA Cup) and Crewe (league) in the 2016/17 season.
By Adrian Wood
POST CODE: SR5 1SU
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Use the northbound M1 and at J32 take left lanes to join the M18. At J2 exit onto A1(M). At junction 62, take the A690 exit to Sunderland / Durham. After about eight miles, you will reach a roundabout, at which turn left onto the A19, signposted for the Tyne Tunnel. Stay in the left-hand lane and take the second slip road towards Sunderland (signposted Stadium of Light, A1231 Sunderland). This takes you onto a bridge crossing over the River Wear. Turn right onto the A1231 following the signs for Sunderland. Go straight over four roundabouts into Sunderland. Then go through two sets of traffic lights (keeping in the left-hand lane at the second set, going straight on towards Roker rather than the city centre) and you will see the Stadium car park on your right, about a mile after the traffic lights.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 274 (approx. journey time 4 hours 35 minutes)
Recommended area for car parking
There is only limited parking at the ground and there is a residents’ only parking scheme in operation on streets close to the stadium. You can park at the Stadium of Light Metro Station (cost £4) or alternatively park in the city centre and walk to the ground (about 10-15 minutes). There is also a 'Park & Ride' scheme in operation on matchdays, free for both home and away supporters. This is situated at Sunderland Enterprise Park, which is well signposted just off the A1231. Buses run every five minutes, for 90 minutes before kickoff and continue after the game until everyone has gone.
Using the train?
Grand Central do operate a direct service from Kings Cross to Sunderland. On the outward leg there is a departure from Kings Cross at 07:06 arriving at Sunderland at 11.50. On the return there is a direct service at 17:29 (arrives KX at 22:04). Following that there is a departure at 18:29, changing at Newcastle, that arrives Kings Cross at 23:18. Sunderland Railway Station is located just under one mile away from the Stadium of Light and takes around 15-20 minutes to walk. For anyone using the Metro the nearest station is St Peters.
Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 49,000 (all seated). Away fans are now housed in the Upper Tier of the North Stand at one end of the stadium, where around 3,000 fans can be housed for league games. The facilities are good but you do have to climb a large number of flights of stairs to reach this top tier.
Spare time on your hands?
The Club have opened a Fan Zone which is located outside the South East part of the stadium. It is available to both home and away supporters. Entry is free. Alternatively, there are two social clubs; the Sunderland Companions club, and the New Democratic Club, both on North Bridge Street which are about a five-minute walk away from the stadium. Although they get very busy they do welcome away supporters. The Albion pub, on Victor Street, off Roker Avenue, is a five-minute walk from the ground, with some parking nearby.
Can’t make it?
This game will NOT be shown live in the UK & Ireland (EFL directive) but you can listen live, or watch live if you're based overseas.