Kevin Phillips claims Sunderland will face a “tough, tough test” when the travel to Accrington Stanley next week.
The Stadium of Light legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, revealed that he has watched the Black Cats get “battered” by Accy in recent seasons and believes it will be a “very difficult game”.
Lee Johnson’s side travel to the Crown Ground on Tuesday after an enforced two-week break from League One action.
Sunderland confirmed after their 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon that their next three league fixtures had been postponed due to a Covid outbreak at the club.
The Academy of Light, which closed in light of the news, will re-open today with players returning to training ahead of this week’s League One fixture against Accrington Stanley.
When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the upcoming trip to the Crown Ground, Phillips said:
“Funnily enough I was at the Stadium of Light when Sunderland last played Accrington there.
“They got absolutely battered in the first half but to be fair Accrington are a decent team.
“I worry about these games in hand and Accrington are a good side and if they win their games in hand they have every chance of climbing up to the top of the league.
“You do not want to play a team bang in form after a couple of weeks off. It is going to be a very difficult game. It will be a tough, tough test.”