Gus Poyet has reverted back to a 4-3-3 for today's visit of Everton, ditching the five at the back formation of the previous few games. Three changes are made to the side from the 5-1 defeat at Spurs with John O'Shea returning to the side replacing Santiago Vergini, and Jack Colback and Connor Wickham coming in for Carlos Cuellar and Liam Bridcutt.
Sunderland (4-3-3): Vito Mannone; Phil Bardsley, John O'Shea, Wes Brown, Marcos Alonso; Lee Cattermole, Jack Colback, Ki Sung-Yeung; Adam Johnson, Fabio Borini, Connor Wickham
Subs: Oscar Ustari, Carlos Cuellar, Santiago Vergini, Seb Larsson, Emanuele Giaccherini, Craig Gardner, Nacho Scocco
Meanwhile Everton manager Roberto Martinez has made just one change from the side that comfortably beat Arsenal 3-0, with Barcelona loanee Gerard Deulofeu replacing Kevin Mirallas. Former Seaham Hall resident Aiden McGeady is on the bench.
Everton (4-3-3): Tim Howard; Seamus Coleman, John Stones, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; Leon Osman, Gareth Barry, James McCarthy; Gerard Deulofeu, Steven Naismith, Romelu Lukaku
Subs: Joel Robles, Tony Hibbert, Antolin Alcaraz, Luke Garbutt, Ross Barkley, Aiden McGeady, Kevin Mirallas