Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of Crewe Alexandra vs Sunderland.

Lee Johnson's side have been in an impressive vein of form in recent weeks which has seen them consolidate their place in the play-offs.

They head to Gretsy Road in search of their fourth consecutive win in League 1.

But it'll be a tough ask for the Black Cats, against a Crewe side who have been one of the surprise packages since their promotion last season.

Sunderland defeated the Railwaymen 1-0 at the Stadium of Light earlier this season in a tight affair.

Follow our live blog for the early team news, build up and action from Crewe as and when it happens.

'We need to give as good as we get' says Alex boss David Artell ahead of Sunderland clash

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell says his side will give 'as good as they get' against Lee Johnson's Sunderland this weekend.

The Black Cats were 1-0 victors over the Alex earlier in this season and proved to be a tough test for the Wearsiders.

Boss Artell has praised the Black Cats - saying they're one of the best sides they've faced this season - but claims the Alex have improved since they last met.

Crewe's manager David Artell (Image: 2017 Getty Images)

The same can be said for Sunderland who have won three league games on the bounce for the first time this season and have consolidated their position in the play-offs with wins over Doncaster, Burton and Fleetwood.

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Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of Crewe Alexandra versus Sunderland.

The Black Cats head to Gretsy Road full of confidence after winning their last three league games.

David Artell's side defeated Accrington Stanley during the week and will prove a stern test for the Wearsiders.