Once we get this maddening international break out of the way, we'll be right into real meat of the season leading into the festive period. Fans hoping to see a little football on Wearside over the next few weeks and months are not short on options and offers either.
See below for details from the club:
Sunderland AFC supporters can enjoy a feast of football over the coming weeks as the club's next three Barclays Premier League home games, including clashes with Chelsea FC and champions Manchester City, are now on sale.
The Black Cats face Chelsea on Saturday 29 November in a 5.30pm kick-off, for the first time since last season's famous victory at Stamford Bridge which ended Jose Mourinho's unbeaten home record.
SAFC season card holders can bring their friends and family along to this game courtesy of a special offer allowing them to purchase two additional tickets for just £10 each.
Standard tickets for the Chelsea game are priced from £27 for adults, £23 for over 65s and £12 for under 16s.
The Chelsea game is followed by the visit of reigning Champions Manchester City on Wednesday 3 December, 7.45pm, when the Black Cats will be looking to record their fifth straight home win over City in the top flight.
Prices for this fixture start from £27 for adults, £23 for over 65s and £12 for under 16s.
On Saturday 13 December West Ham United head to Wearside in what will be the last home game before Christmas. Supporters can enjoy a traditional 3.00pm kick-off, with tickets priced from £25 for adults, £19 for over 65s and just £10 for under 16s.
10 GAME SEASON CARDS
SAFC fans can also snap up a special season card for the final 10 home games of the Black Cats 2014/15 Barclays Premier League campaign. Starting with the popular Boxing Day fixture, which sees Steve Bruce's Hull City travel to Wearside, the 10 game season card includes showpiece games such as Liverpool and the hotly-anticipated Wear-Tyne derby. An ideal Christmas gift for any Sunderland fan, it affords significant savings on buying individual match tickets, with adult 10 game season cards priced from £230 and those for fans aged under 22 just £140. Supporters aged over 65 will pay £175 for the 10 games and young fans under the age of 16 can buy theirs for just £60.
HOW TO BUY
Online: www.safc.com (24 hour service)
Supporters who book tickets online can use the free ‘print at home' service, allowing them to print a barcoded ticket from their home PC.
Telephone: 0871 911 1973 (24 hour service)
In-person: Stadium of Light ticket office, opening hours as listed
Monday-Friday 9am - 5:30pm
Non-matchday Saturday's 10am - 1pm
Matchday (Sat/Sun) 10am - kick-off
Tickets can also be purchased via www.stubhub.co.uk/sunderland-afc-tickets.
All tickets sold subject to ground regulations.