Sunderland v City u18s: Match preview
- 23 August 2013 11:59
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
City u18s travel to Sunderland on Saturday morning looking for their first win of the new season after recording a thrilling last-gasp draw with West Brom last week.
Jason Wilcox will be hoping his side can go one better in the North East, where they face a Sunderland outfit looking to get their first points on the board after suffering a 3-0 loss away to Chelsea last weekend.
However, the Black Cats should provide a stern test for the boy Blues – they topped National Group 1 last season to reach the semi-final stage of the Barclays u18 Premier League, where they narrowly lost out to eventual champions Fulham.
Daniel Lema and Brandon Barker will both be hoping to continue their goal-scoring form from last time out, but the Blues will be without Jack Byrne after the Ireland youth international’s red card.