Gus Poyet makes one change from the team that drew with 1-1 at home to West Ham, as Steven Fletcher replaces the misfiring Jozy Altidore.
Emanuele Giaccherini misses out on a place on the substitutes bench after recovering from injury.
Sunderland (4-3-3): Costel Pantilimon; Santiago Vergini, John O'Shea, Wes Brown, Anthony Reveillere; Seb Larsson, Lee Cattermole, Jordi Gomez; Adam Johnson, Steven Fletcher, Connor Wickham.
Subs: Vito Mannone, Sebastian Coates, Liam Bridcutt, Jack Rodwell, Ricky Alvarez, Will Buckley, Jozy Altidore.
Alan Pardew makes two changes from their last outing in the Premier League, a 4-1 defeat at Arsenal, as Jak Alnwick continues in goal for Newcastle after recovering from his fictitious injury picked up in the League Cup defeat to Tottenham. Steven Taylor and Moussa Sissoko come in for Mike Williamson and Papiss Cisse.
Newcastle (4-3-3): Jak Alnwick; Daryl Janmaat, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Jack Colback; Yoan Gouffran, Ayoze Perez, Sammy Ameobi.
Subs: Freddie Woodman, Massadio Haidara, Mike Williamson, Remy Cabella, Adam Armstrong, Emmanuel Riviere, Papiss Cisse.