Gus Poyet has opted for an unchanged team from the side that thumped Newcastle (had you heard?) 3-0 last weekend. This sees the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month Adam Johnson start again on Sunderland's right wing with England boss Roy Hodgson in the crowd, whilst man of the match last week Jack Colback continues in the centre of the midfield ahead of Seb Larsson. Again, our defensive five is completely settled now and looks an increasingly solid unit, especially with new signing Liam Bridcutt reprising his role sat in front of them.
Up front Jozy Altidore again gets the nod after his brilliant game at the 03 Arena, here's hoping he can produce more of the same and get a goal against his old side. On the bench Lee Cattermole returns after missing the last two games injured, whilst new signing Ignacio Scocco drops off the bench presumembly due to a lack of match fitness. Connor Wickham is also again named on the bench in the place of the injured Steven Fletcher.
Sunderland (4-3-3): Vito Mannone; Phil Bardsley, John O'Shea, Wes Brown, Marcos Alonso; Liam Bridcutt, Jack Colback, Ki Sung-Yeung; Adam Johnson, Jozy Altidore, Fabio Borini
Substitutes: Oscar Ustari, Santiago Vergini, Seb Larsson, Craig Gardner, Lee Cattermole, Connor Wickham, Emanuele Giaccherini
Meanwhile on his return to the Stadium of Light, Steve Bruce has gone for one change from the team that drew with Spurs last weekend; Jake Livermore, who was ineligible against his parent club, returns at the expense of Robbie Brady. New signings Long and Jelavic start up front again together, as Bruce hopes the pricey pair will be able to fire Hull to safety. Bruce seems also to be sticking with his slightly unusual back three formation, with Leroy Rosenior and Ahmed Elmohamady the wingbacks. Along with Elmo, old boys Paul McShane and David Meyler also return to their old club.
Hull City (3-5-2): Steven Harper; Paul McShane, Curtis Davies, Manuel Figueroa; Leroy Rosenior, Tom Huddlestone, David Meyler, Jake Livermore, Ahmed Elmohamady; Shane Long, Nikicia Jelavic
Substitutes: Eldin Jakupovic, Alex Bruce, Robert Koren, Robbie Brady, George Boyd, Yannick Sagbo, Sony Aluko