Daily Mail



EXPECT a feisty atmosphere at the Stadium of Light today as Alex Neil takes his STOKE side back to SUNDERLAND, six months after his sensationa­l exit from the Black Cats. After a decade of instabilit­y, Sunderland seemed to be making progress under Neil before the Scotsman suddenly made the switch to Stoke last August.

So far the move has not worked out, though, and there is a feeling his time in Staffordsh­ire might be short-lived, with the Potters 17th in the table. Sunderland are five points adrift of the play-offs after a sticky run in recent weeks. One outside bet for the top six is COVENTRY, who are unbeaten in five. Swedish forward Viktor Gyokeres has been one of the best players in the division this term, with 15 goals and five assists. They travel to Neil Warnock’s HUDDERSFIE­LD today. In League One, second-place PLYMOUTH will be looking to bounce back from being thumped 5-2 last weekend by Peterborou­gh when they face CHARLTON today.

Simon Weaver, the EFL’s longest-serving manager, is under pressure at HARROGATE after a desperate run of one win in 12 games in League Two. They host Neil Harris’

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