Sunderland Vs Norwich City: Confirmed Lineups

Matthew Lewis

The teams are in for today's crunch clash with Norwich City at the Stadium Of Light...

Gus Poyet has gone for the side that completed the game against Chelsea midweek, with substitutes Ki, Borini and Bardsley all coming into the starting eleven at the expense of Craig Gardner, Adam Johnson and Andrea Dossena. Considering the huge impact that both Ki and Borini had in turning the game around this isn't really a surprise. This gives Cattermole and Ki another game together as part of a midfield three where they've so far looked extremely impressive. Jozy Altidore also continues up front, with Steven Fletcher back from fitness but only given a place on the bench. Likewise Jack Colback returns to the squad on the bench with Seb Larsson continuing in central midfield after a decent performance against Chelsea.

Sunderland (4-3-3): Vito Mannone; Ondrej Celustka, John O'Shea, Wes Brown, Phil Bardsley; Lee Cattermole, Ki Sung-Yueng, Seb Larsson; Fabio Borini, Jozy Altidore, Emmanuele Giaccherini

Substitutes: Jordan Pickford, Andrea Dossena, Valentin Roberge, Craig Gardner, Jack Colback, Steven Fletcher

Meanwhile Chris Hughton has set-piece expert Robert Snodgrass back in the side, whilst he'll be hoping that Leroy Fer and Gary Hooper continue their good goal-scoring runs. There's also a return to the Stadium of Light for Sunderland old boy (and Easter Island head lookalike) Michael Turner. Ricky van Wolfswinkel, back from injury, has to settle for a place on the bench as Elmander is chosen to partner Hooper.

Norwich City (4-4-2): John Ruddy; Steven Whittaker, Michael Turner, Sebastian Bassong, Martin Olsson; Robert Snodgrass, Leroy Fer, Bradley Johnson, Nathan Redmond; Johan Elmander, Gary Hooper

Substitutes: Mark Bunn, Javier Garrido, Ryan Bennett, Josh Murphy, Wes Hoolahan, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Lucciano Becchio.

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