Jack Ross and his team come back to the Stadium of Light after a successful road trip that saw them pick up maximum points, they welcome Oxford United this weekend.

Sunderland have risen to second place in the League One table thanks to three straight wins, including two on the road last week.

Gillingham and Wimbledon were dispatched 4-1 and 2-1 respectively and now the Black Cats have two home games coming up where they can really stamp their credentials as a title contender.

Oxford are first up, and the U’s are coming in raised spirits on the back of two wins in league and cup – though they still sit in 22nd position in the table.

The last time Oxford came to Sunderland they were beaten 7-0 – giving the Black Cats their biggest home win at the Stadium of Light to date.

This weekend is likely to not be as comfortable as Oxford are a decent League One outfit, though Sunderland will still be heavily favoured heading into the game.

Team news

Jack Ross has a few headaches to deal with this weekend, particularly in defence and midfield.

Defensively, he may welcome back Bryan Oviedo to the starting XI while Donald Love will continue at right back due to Adam Matthews injury.

Glenn Loovens is likely to miss the game which means Alim Ozturk will have a chance to redeem his previous nightmare appearances at the Stadium of Light.

The concerns in midfield are less to do with injury and more to do with too many options, a great problem to have.

Lee Cattermole bagged a brace last week while Max Power has been a revelation since joining from Wigan on loan. That means Dylan McGeouch, Bali Mumba, Luke O’Nien and Ethan Robson will likely have to deal with a place on the bench.

Josh Maja is still the only fully fit striker the club has at the moment, though he will finally have a bit of competition as Charlie Wyke is expected to start from the bench this weekend.

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Prediction: Sunderland 3-1 Oxford United

This should be a more difficult encounter than the Scunthorpe game, though the Black Cats should have more than enough to get past Oxford.

Oxford though are on the up and finally have the bit between their teeth after a rough start – so this may be a potential banana skin for Sunderland.