Gus Poyet named an unchanged team for the third game in a row for the massive sell-out visit of Cardiff City.
There were changes on the bench, however, where Liam Bridcutt and Phil Bardsley returned after paternity leave and suspension respectively.
Sunderland: Mannone, Vergini, O'Shea, Brown, Alonso, Cattermole, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, Wickham, Borini.
Subs: Bardsley, Gardner, Altidore, Giaccherini, Bridcutt, Scocco, Ustari.
Cardiff made one change to the side that drew with Stoke City last week, with Don Cowie coming into the midfield in place of Kim Bo Kyung.
Wilfied Zaha, Craig Bellamy and Kenwyne Jones offered ominous figures on the bench.
Cardiff City: Marshall, Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Cala, Fabio, Cowie, Medel, Whittingham, Daehli, Mutch, Campbell.
Subs: Lewis; Turner, Jones, Eikrem, Zaha, Bellamy, John.