Sunderland will be heading into their clash against Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley tomorrow likely full of confidence having not lost in any of their last 15 matches and are also unbeaten against their opponents this season winning at the Stadium of Light before drawing 3-3 away from home.
Will Sunderland win on Saturday?
Alex Neil has also been able to hand the fans some more confidence heading into the game as he confirmed that his side have a full bill of health ahead of the crunch clash, something he’s only experiencing for the very first time as Sunderland manager.
While on Sunderland’s side everything seems very confident, Smith is still worried about the threat Wycombe possess.
(4:50) “In my head, I’m sort of feeling objectively okay and feel like Sunderland are in a good place and I’ve got a lot of faith in this head coach, but your heart just feels like it’s been here a lot before and all the positivity and I can’t wait to see the flag display, i’s going to be incredible.
When Wycombe can get that first corner, is it going to mean that I’m calm and I’m not worried about those in-swinging corners? Of course it’s not, I’m going to be absolutely terrified.”
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While former players have suggested on Sky Sports that Wycombe will be seen as underdogs, they are the side that has most recently been in the Championship, whereas Sunderland have now spent fourth consecutive seasons in League One, so it certainly won’t be the Black Cats dominating all proceedings.
Sunderland do have the history and much larger fanbase, but that counts for nothing as soon as their players walk out onto that pitch at Wembley, it will be about who turns up on the day and who can handle the pressure and occasion the best and considering Sunderland have played in front of big crowds in their semi-final play-off games, that could be a big advantage for them.