, Sunderland vs QPR: 5 players who could dictate the game tomorrow

Sunderland vs QPR: 5 players who could dictate the game tomorrow

Sunderland vs QPR takes place on Saturday afternoon and both sides will be determined to claim a valuable three points on Wearside.

Sunderland come into their clash with QPR desperately looking to find some form. They’ve lost six Championship games in a row and the mood is a sour one at the Stadium of Light.

QPR meanwhile saw their run of four games without defeat ended by Middlesbrough last time out. Their impressive streak prior means they remain out of the relegation zone and 20th in the Championship table, but they’re just one point above the drop.

Now, ahead of this weekend’s game, we pick out five players who could dictate Sunderland vs QPR

Lucas Andersen

Danish playmaker Andersen has emerged as a valuable creative threat since joining on a free transfer in February. He has three assists in seven league games and will likely start in behind the QPR striker this weekend.

Romaine Mundle

Winter signing Mundle will be hoping to retain his place in the side after netting his first goal for Sunderland in the defeat to Southampton last time out.

The former Tottenham Hotspur youngster will be keen to emerge as a goalscoring threat for his new club with main talisman Jack Clarke on the sidelines.

Jake Clarke-Salter

Either Clarke-Salter or centre-back partner Steve Cook could have been put forward for this. They’ve formed a key partnership at the back to give QPR some hope of survival and will likely partner one another once more against the Black Cats.

Clarke-Salter has had injury problems before but he’s stayed fit and has locked down a starting spot under Marti Cifuentes. He’s started every Championship match since December 16th.

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, Sunderland vs QPR: 5 players who could dictate the game tomorrow

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Leo Hjelde

Sunderland are facing a centre-back shortage. Luke O’Nien is still suspended while Jenson Seelt is out for the season, so even if Dan Ballard’s hamstring injury concerns have allayed, Hjelde will likely move into a centre-back role.

He’s been deployed at left-back mainly since his move but is comfortable in the middle too.

Sinclair Armstrong

Last but not least is Irishman Armstrong, who is a real handful. The 20-year-old mainly plays as a substitute but the sheer energy, speed and physicality he offers could cause danger for a Sunderland backline that may be pretty makeshift.

He’ll be keen to add to his tally of four goals and three assists for the season.

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