Gus Poyet has made three changes from the side that beat Everton just two days ago. Andrea Dossena replaces Ondrej Celustka, with Bardsley moving to right back, Jozy Altidore comes in for Steven Fletcher, and Jack Colback is dropped to the bench for Emanuele Giaccherini. Adam Johnson is out of the match day squad entirely.
Sunderland (4-3-3): Vito Mannone; Phil Bardsley, Valentin Roberge, Modibo Diakite, Andrea Dossena; Lee Cattermole, Ki Sung Yeung, Seb Larsson; Emanuele Giaccherini, Fabio Borini, Jozy Altidore.
Subs: Jordan Pickford, Ondrej Celustka, Cabral, El Hadji Ba, Craig Gardner, Jack Colback, Steven Fletcher.
Meanwhile whoever on earth Cardiff's caretaker managers are have also made three changes. Gary Medel is back from an illness, so he comes in for Gunnarsson, while Kim Bo-Kyung replaces Peter Odemwingie, and youngster Declan John is in for Taylor.
Cardiff (4-5-1): David Marshall; Kevin Theophile-Catherine, Ben Turner, Steven Caulker, Declan John; Craig Noone, Gary Medel, Jordon Mutch, Kim Bo-Kyung, Peter Whittingham; Fraizer Campbell
Subs: Joe Lewis, Mark Hudson, Don Cowie, Aron Gunnarsso, Nicky Maynard, Peter Odemwingie, Andreas Cornelius