Lynden Gooch, Sunderland

Sunderland AFC travel to Barnsley FC in a must-win game in League One that could prove the difference between automatic promotion or the play-offs.

Sunderland manager Jack Ross is relishing the challenge ahead, but feels every game is a must-win, not just this game, feeling it’s the standard being at the club.

The Black Cats won the reverse fixture at the Stadium of Light, as Josh Maja, Lynden Gooch, Aiden McGeady and Luke O’Nien secured a convincing 4-2 victory.

However, Barnsley, despite losing Kieffer Moore to injury for the season and Cameron McGeehan to suspension, will be confident after a 2-0 win in their last outing at Accrington Stanley.

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After a draw previously to Wycombe, the Black Cats are now without five key players for the trip to Oakwell.

George Honeyman misses the game through suspension, but would have missed the game with Ross confirming the lads captain had concussion from their previous game.

Centre-back Tom Flanagan will also miss the game after being forced off with concussion at Adams Park.

Duncan Watmore will miss the game with an ankle injury from a challenge by Wycombe midfielder Marcus Bean.

Left-back Reece James will also miss the crunch game against Barnsley with a groin injury.

And Chris Maguire the only other player unavailable with the leg injury picked up a few weeks prior.

But the Wearsiders have been boosted by the return of Charlie Wyke and Alim Ozturk, who missed both were unable to make the trip to Wycombe last time out.

Prediction: Barnsley 2-3 Sunderland

The Black Cats have the race for promotion in their own hands and must win if they want to keep it that way, being able to close the gap to one point with a game in hand over their opponents.

Barnsley are ahead of Sunderland in the league for a reason and are looking for revenge after the heavy loss in the previous meeting between the two sides.

This should be the game of the day and with many goals in both sides, Sunderland should just have enough goal power in their squad to edge out this huge League One fixture.