Gus Poyet had made two, slightly surprising, changes from the team that drew 0-0 with Swansea. Adam Johnson and Jack Rodwell drop to the bench, to be replaced by Jordi Gomez and Steven Fletcher. Wes Brown returns to the bench, while Ricky Alvarez doesn't make the squad at all, presumably out with injury.
Sunderland (4-1-4-1): Mannone; Jones, Vergini, O'Shea, Van Aanholt; Cattermole; Buckley, Larsson, Gomez, Wickham; Fletcher
Subs: Pantilimon, Brown, Bridcutt, Rodwell, Mavrias, Johnson, Altidore
Meanwhile Mark Hughes has made just one chance to the team that beat Newcastle 1-0 on Monday night, with Arnautovic replacing Mama Biram Diouf.
Stoke (4-2-3-1): Begovic, Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Muniesa; N'Zonzi, Whelan; Arnautovic, Adam, Moses; Crouch
Subs: Sorensen, Pieters, Huth, Ireland, Assaidi, Walters, Bojan