Sunderland travel to the Priestfield Stadium tonight to face a Gillingham side who have had steady start to their League One season.

After demolishing Scunthorpe United 3-0 at the weekend, Sunderland head into back-back away games striving to keep pace with the top of the League One table.

First up is a trip to Gillingham to face Steve Lovell’s side in what should prove to be a very difficult encounter – much like their first away trip against Luton Town.

The Gills are nearing a sell-out for the fixture, with nearly double their opening day attendance expected at the Priestfield – Sunderland sold out their allocation last week.

Team news

Sunderland are not expected to welcome back any of their long-term injury concerns but the good news is that they are all nearing a return.

Summer signing Charlie Wyke is edging towards a return though he is not expected to be fit until next weekend.

Fellow summer signings Dylan McGeouch, Jerome Sinclair and Tom Flanagan are also expected to miss Wednesday’s game, but the good news is that Sunderland are managing to pick up points without them.

Lee Cattermole could drop out the side as he has played two games already within the last week, but his current form may make it hard for manager Jack Ross to drop him.

This is how SportsByte expect Sunderland to line up on Wednesday:

And here is the expected Gillingham side:

Gillingham dangerman

Tom Eaves netted 17 goals for the Gills last season and has started this season on fire too with three goals already in League One.

Sunderland defenders Jack Baldwin and Glenn Loovens will have a difficult job to keep him quiet.

Prediction:

Sunderland should expect a difficult game and a hostile atmosphere from Gillingham and their supporters as it is not often one of the big boys comes to town for a league game.

Last time they visited the Priestfield Stadium they ran away comfortable 4-1 winners back in the 2004/05 season. It will not be as comfortable this time around, but Sunderland should run out winners.

Predicted score: Gillingham 1-2 Sunderland