Hull City Vs Sunderland: Confirmed Lineups

Nigel Roddis

The teams are in for Sunderland's trip to Hull City this afternoon, so here they are...

Gus Poyet has opted to make just one side to the derby heroes from the weekend, with Fabio Borini, scorer of Sunday's winning goal, coming into the side in the place of Adam Johnson. It seems fairly likely that Johnson's laziness in not tracking Mathieu Debuchy for the Newcastle equaliser played a part in Poyet's decision to drop him, though of course Borini's strong performance would have made him a contender to start regardless. Lee Cattermole and Jack Colback were excellent in neutralising Newcastle's central midfield in the derby, and hopefully they will be able to play just as well again against Hull's impressive pairing of Sunderland target Tom Huddlestone and Spurs loanee Jake Livermore.

Once again Sunderland have a very strong bench, with Adam Johnson, Emmanuele Giaccherini and Ki all useful options to bring off the bench if Poyet needs to change the game. There's also a re-appearance for the lesser-spotted Wes Brown, who gets a seat on the bench in place of Valentin Roberge.

Sunderland (4-4-2): Keiren Westwood, Bardsley, O'Shea, Cuellar, Dossena; Larsson, Cattermole, Colback, Borini; Fletcher, Altidore

Substitutes: Vito Mannone, Brown, Celustka, Johnson, Gardner, Giaccherini, Ki

Steve Bruce has been hit with somewhat of a selection crisis of late, but for this game he's able to bring back Jake Livermore who was ineligible for the last two games against his parent side Spurs. Recent injuries to Aluko and Brady have also been problems for the ex-Sunderland manager, but he's able to bring Aluko back into the side whilst Brady makes the bench. Several Sunderland old boys also feature in the side, with McShane and Elmohamady starting, and David Meyler on the bench. Injury to Hull's first choice 'keeper McGregor means that ex-Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper starts again for Hull.

Hull City (3-5-2): Steve Harper, Rosenior, Figueroa, Davies, McShane, Huddlestone, Livermore, Elmohamady, Boyd, Aluko, Sagbo

Substitutes: Eldin Jakupovic, Meyler, Koren, Brady, Proschwitz, Faye, Quinn

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