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Norwich City Vs Sunderland: Confirmed Lineups

The teams are in for today's clash on the Plump Peninsula...

Gus Poyet has opted to make just two changes to the side that drew 0-0 at home to Crystal Palace last Saturday. Jack Colback comes back into the team in essentially a like-for-like swap for Seb Larsson. After coming on at half-time for an injured Steven Fletcher, Jozy Altidore retains his place as Sunderland's central striker.

Unsurprisingly, the defensive unit remains the same as ever with Phil Bardsley and Marcos Alonso flanking John O'Shea and Wes Brown. In front of them it's expected to be Liam Bridcutt sitting deep, with Colback and Ki slightly advanced of him. Wide of central striker Altidore will be our two main (ok, only) goal threats Adam Johnson and Fabio Borini, with the Italian once again being placed on the left wing rather than being given another run out at the spearhead of the Sunderland attack.

On the bench there's a return for Emanuele Giaccherini, whilst Steven Fletcher misses out due to his injury. Craig Gardner doesn't make an appearance, but Seb Larsson and Lee Cattermole are there as midfield options should they be needed.

Sunderland (4-3-3): Vito Mannone; Phil Bardsley, John O'Shea, Wes Brown, Marcos Alonso; Liam Bridcutt, Jack Colback, Ki Sung-Yueng; Adam Johnson, Jozy Altidore, Fabio Borini.

Substitutes: Oscar Ustari, Seb Larsson, Ondrej Celustka, Emanuele Giaccherini, Santiago Vergini, Nacho Scocco, Lee Cattermole.

Meanwhile Chris Hughton has opted to change it up and go for two up front. The two he's picked are Ricky van Wolfswinkel with one Premier League goal for Norwich (in August last year), and Johan Elmander with none. In the middle Howson will be expected to provide the brains and Tettey the brawn, whilst Snodgrass and Hoolahan will be tasked with providing the deliveries from out wide.

Norwich City (4-4-2): John Ruddy; Rusell Martin, Joseph Yobo, Sebastian Bassong, Martin Olsson; Robert Snodgrass, Johnny Howson, Alexander Tettey, Wes Hoolahan; Johan Elmander, Ricky van Wolfswinkel

Substitutes: Mark Bunn, Steven Whittaker, Bradley Johnson, Gary Hooper, Jonas Gutierrez, Lucciano Becchio, Nathan Redmond.

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