Sunderland return to action when they take on Luton Town in the second leg of their play-off semi-final on Tuesday.

Here are all the details you need to know about the game…


Having claimed a 2-1 victory at the Stadium of Light on Saturday evening, Sunderland head to Kenilworth Road to take on Luton in the decisive second leg of their play-off semi-final.

The Black Cats have already visited the ground once this season, with Elliot Embleton’s late equaliser securing a 1-1 draw in October. With the home league game also having finished 1-1, Sunderland are unbeaten in all three of their matches against Luton so far this term.

Their record at Kenilworth Road is good, with only one of their last six visits to the ground having resulted in a defeat, a run that stretches back to 1994.

Sunderland’s most famous recent visit to the ground came in May 2007, when a 5-0 win saw Roy Keane’s Black Cats side clinch the Championship title on the final day of the season.


Tuesday’s game kicks off at 8pm – and the tie must be settled on the night, meaning extra-time and penalties could be in the offing. There is no away-goals rule in the play-offs.


No – all of Sunderland’s tickets for the away section at Kenilworth Road have been sold.

Tony Mowbray and his players will be roared on by a sold-out contingent of 1,032 travelling fans.


Yes, Tuesday’s game is being televised live by Sky Sports, and will be broadcast on the Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football channels.

As a result of the game being broadcast live in the UK, there will be no domestic streaming available.

Radio commentary will be available on BBC Radio Newcastle and talkSPORT and Scott Wilson will be at Kenilworth Road for The Northern Echo producing a live blog, report, ratings, reaction and analysis that will be available on The Northern Echo’s website.


Patrick Roberts and Alex Pritchard are Sunderland’s main injury doubts ahead of Tuesday’s game, with both players having been forced off with injury issues in the second half of Saturday’s win on Wearside.

Their problems are understood to be relatively minor, however, and it is hoped they will both be passed fit to start at Kenilworth Road.

When it comes to Sunderland’s long-term injury absentees, Aji Alese is the closest to making a first-team return, with Dan Ballard also stepping up his recovery programme in the hope of being able to have some involvement in the play-off campaign.

However, if either player is to feature before the end of the season, it would almost certainly be in a potential final rather than on Tuesday night. As a result, Mowbray is extremely unlikely to have any new faces back in semi-final second-leg squad.

Sunderland (probable, 3-4-3): Patterson; Hume, O’Nien, Gooch; Roberts, Neil, Ekwah, Clarke; Amad, Pritchard, Gelhardt.


Luton boss Rob Edwards made three second-half substitutions during Saturday’s first leg, but they were all tactical changes rather than forced alterations because of injury.

As a result, with no new issues to contend with, there is every chance the Hatters manager will name an unchanged starting side for Tuesday’s decider.

He could opt to start with Luke Berry – one of Saturday’s substitutes – in midfield, but the likelier scenario is that Jordan Clark will retain his place.

Edwards will definitely be sticking with the three-man central defensive shape he has adopted throughout his tenure, with Cody Drameh and Alfie Doughty expected to retain their spots as starting wing-backs despite both being replaced in the closing stages of Saturday’s defeat.

Luton (probable, 3-5-2): Horvath; Osho, Lockyer, Bell; Drameh, Mpanzu, Nakamba, Clark, Doughty; Morris, Adebayo.