Before the game Martin O'Neill was adamant that he'd be making changes for the game, and he did as there was returns to the starting lineup for David Vaughan, Phil Bardsley and Stephane Sessegnon among others.
It looks like a strong and attacking lineup from O'Neill, with Jack Colback dropping into left back at the expense of Danny Rose, and a wing role for Sessegnon - a position which could hopefully rekindle his form this season.
The bench also looks strong, with James McClean and potential debut-boy James McFadden on there, although Danny Rose, Craig Gardner and Seb Larsson all sit this one out entirely.
Sunderland (4-4-2): Keiren Westwood; Phil Bardsley; Jack Colback, Carlos Cuellar, John O'Shea; Lee Cattermole, David Vaughan, Stephane Sessegnon, Louis Saha, Steven Fletcher
Substitutes: Simon Mignolet, Fraizer Campbell, David Meyler, Connor Wickham, James McClean, James McFadden, Matt Kilgallon
Tony Mowbray has seen his side decimated by injuries of late, telling reporters in the buildup that he's down to his final eighteen fit professionals, but has still managed to cobble together a potentially dangerous side for this one. As we know from last season's FA Cup games, we shouldn't be taking them lightly.
Middlesbrough (4-4-2): Jason Steele; George Friend, Justin Hoyte, Andre Bikey, Seb Hines; Grant Leadbitter, Faris Haroun, Emannuel Ledesma, Nicky Bailey; Scott McDonald, Ishmael Miller
Substitutes: Cameron Park, Richard Smallwood, Adam Reach, Stuart Parnaby, Merouane Zemmama, Andrew Halliday, Jayson Leutwiler
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