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Sunderland Vs Stoke: Confirmed Lineups

The teams are in ahead of tonight's massive game at home to Stoke.

Julian Finney

Unsurprisingly, Sunderland have made wholesale changes from the second string side that beat Kidderminster in the FA Cup at the weekened. In terms of changes from last week's victory at Old Trafford, there are two. Jozy Altidore replaces Steven Fletcher, while Seb Larsson comes in for Lee Cattermole, who doesn't even make the bench amid rumours he could be off to tonight's opposition before the end of the transfer window.

Connor Wickham, recently recalled from his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday, starts on the bench.

Sunderland (4-3-3): Vito Mannone; Phil Bardsley, Wes Brown, John O'Shea, Marcos Alonso; Jack Colback, Seb Larsson Ki Sung-Yeung; Fabio Borini, Adam Johnson, Jozy Altidore

Substitutes: Oscar Ustari, Santiago Vergini, Ondrej Celustka, Craig Gardner, Emanuele Giaccherini, Steven Fletcher, Connor Wickham

Meanwhile Mark Hughes has made four changes from the side that lost to Chelsea in the cup on Sunday. New signing Peter Odemwingie replaces Arnautovic, while Assaidi, Charlie Adam and Glenn Whelan come in for Johnathan Walters, Wilson Palacios and Stephen Ireland.

Stoke City (4-5-1): Asmir Begovic; Geoff Cameron, Marc Wilson, Ryan Shawcross, Erik Pieters; Peter Odemwingie, Steven N'Zonzi, Glenn Whelan, Charlie Adam, Oussama Assaidi; Peter Crouch

Substitutes: Tommy Sorensen, Marc Muniesa, Wilson Palacios, Stephen Ireland, Johnathan Walters, Marko Arnautovic, John Guidetti

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