Following the conclusion of today's second round clash between our own Capital One Cup opponents Milton Keynes Dons and their adversaries AFC Wimbledon, the draw for the third round has been made.
Sunderland were ball number 37 in the pot - one of the years which we won the trophy if you like omens and all that - and have been paired with Bolton Wanderers with the game taking place at Reebok Stadium in January.
It would be the 146th clash with the Lillywhites following their recent relegation to the Championship. The two sides have also bet eight times in the FA Cup, with us coming out the victors on five occasions.
It's by no means a game which should be too tough, but a comfortable level of challenge. Certainly this represents a good chance for us to get into the fourth round.
Full FA Cup Third Round Draw
Crystal Palace v Stoke City
Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United
Tottenham Hotspur v Coventry City
Wigan Athletic v Bournemouth
Fulham v Blackpool
Aston Villa v Ipswich Town
Charlton Athletic v Huddersfield Town
Barrow Or Macclesfield Town v Cardiff City
Barnsley v Burnley
Manchester City v Watford
Swansea City v Arsenal
Leicester City v Burton Albion
Millwall v Preston North End
Cheltenham Town Or Hereford United v Everton
Derby County v Tranmere Rovers
Crawley Town v Reading
Aldershot Town v Rotherham United Or Notts County
Middlesbrough v Harrogate Town Or Hastings United
Accrington Stanley Or Oxford United v Sheffield United
Southampton v Chelsea
Queens Park Rangers v West Bromwich Albion
Peterborough United v Norwich City
Lincoln City Or Mansfield Town v Liverpool
Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland
Nottingham Forest v Oldham Athletic
West Ham United v Manchester United
Hull City v Alfreton Town Or Leyton Orient
Blackburn Rovers v Bristol City
Leeds United v Birmingham City
Bury Or Southend United v Bradford City Or Brentford
Luton Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sheffield Wednesday v MK Dons
Games will be played on the weekend 5th and 6th January 2013.