Gus Poyet made two changes for the visit of champions Manchester City, including handing a first Premier League start to Sebastian Coates.
The on-loan Liverpool man comes in for Wes Brown, who can't really play three games in a week. The other change saw Will Buckley come in on the right wing for the injured Adam Johnson.
Sunderland (4-3-3): Costel Pantilimon, Santiago Vergini, Anthony Reveillere, John O'Shea, Sebastian Coates, Lee (Lee Lee) Cattermole, Seb Larsson, Jack Rodwell, Will Buckley, Connor Wickham, Steven Fletcher.
Subs: Liam Bridcutt, Wes Brown, Cabral, Jordi Gomez, Jozy Altidore, Ricky Alvarez, Vito Mannone
Man City (4-4-2): Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Dedryck Boyata, Martin Demichelis, Geal Clichy, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetic, Sergio Aguero.
Subs: Willy Cabellero, Angelino, Bacary Sagna, Fernando, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Jose Angel Pozo.