Fleetwood Town face Sunderland on Tuesday 23 February at the Stadium of Light in Sky Bet League One, and we have all you need to know ahead of the 7pm kick-off in our match preview.
Fixture: Sunderland v Fleetwood Town
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Tuesday 23 February 2021
Venue: Stadium of Light, Stadium Way, Sunderland, SR5 1SU
Match officials: James Bell (Referee), Christopher Ward & Ivan Stankovic (Assistant Referees), Carl Boyeson (Fourth Official)
Fleetwood will be looking to get back to winning ways on the road, with their last result being a narrow 1-0 loss to Plymouth Argyle just over a week ago.
Town made the long trip to Home Park in their last away game and came back empty-handed after a hard-battled performance against The Pilgrims. Attacks flowed throughout the game for Fleetwood but, unfortunately, it was a Harrison Holgate own goal that settled the tie on the day.
Since then, Simon Grayson’s side have had a home clash against Charlton Athletic, which ended as a 1-1 draw. The visitors took the lead early on through a Jayden Stockley header from five yards, but Town piled on the pressure from that point on and found a way back into the game just before half-time as Paddy Madden finished off a brilliant move, which meant the points would have to be shared.
The Black Cats are currently sitting in the play-off spots, after winning their last two league games against Burton Albion and Doncaster Rovers.
Last time out, Sunderland seemed to walk through a clash against Burton Albion, as they finished the game 3-0 winners. Grant Leadbitter opened the scoring six minutes in, before Lynden Gooch and Charlie Wyke both got onto the score sheet to finish off The Brewers at the Pirelli Stadium.
Lee Johnson’s side have also carried on their impressive cup run recently as they overcame Lincoln City in a penalty shootout on Wearside, securing their spot in the 2021 Papa John’s Trophy Final. Anthony Scully put Lincoln ahead in the 64th minute, Wyke drew Sunderland level with 15 minutes to go. The tight affair continued until Ramirez Howarth hit the woodwork, sealing the final spot for the Black Cats.
ONE TO WATCH: CHARLIE WYKE
The one to watch for Sunderland is striker, Charlie Wyke. The 28-year-old is by far the highest goal scorer for The Black Cats this season, with 23 goals in all competitions.
Wyke started his career as a trainee at Middlesbrough and went on loan to Kettering, Hartlepool, AFC Wimbledon, and back to the Pools respectively. Across those four loan spells, he managed to appear in over 65 games and score ten goals.
After leaving Boro, he made his way to Carlisle United in January 2015 and spent two years at Brunton Park. Wyke found his scoring form here as he scored 39 goals in just 89 games, and subsequently earned a move to Bradford.
After bagging 23 more goals, he moved onto Sunderland and has since made over 70 appearances and has been a constant figure so far this season, scoring 18 goals in the league and 23 in all competitions.
WATCH TOWN ON iFOLLOW!
Supporters can now purchase video match passes for Fleetwood Town’s Sky Bet League One clash against Sunderland on Tuesday.
With fans still unable to attend games, the iFollow match pass is your best option to watch the Cod Army play.
Simon Grayson's side are set to travel to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland on Tuesday and you can watch the game for just £10!
If you'd like to purchase your match pass, click HERE.