Adam Johnson is ruled out for around six weeks with a shoulder injury and he is replaced by Steven Fletcher. Yann M'Vila comes in for his Sunderland debut and replaces Jack Rodwell who drops to the bench.
Dick Advocaat sticks with Sebastian Coates and Younes Kaboul in defence, while Jeremain Lens makes his home debut and Duncan Watmore takes a place on the bench with Emanuele Giaccherini not in the match day squad.
Sunderland: Costel Pantilimon; Billy Jones, Sebastian Coates, Younes Kaboul, Patrick van Aanholt; Seb Larsson, Lee Cattermole, Yann M'Vila, Jeremain Lens; Jermain Defoe, Steven Fletcher.
Subs: Vito Mannone, Adam Matthews, John O'Shea, Jack Rodwell, Liam Bridcutt, Duncan Watmore, Danny Graham.
Alex Neil makes two changes for Norwich, with Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond replacing Lewis Grabban and Bradley Johnson.
Norwich City: John Ruddy; Steven Whittaker, Russell Martin, Sebastien Bassong, Robbie Brady; Nathan Redmond, Alexander Tettey, Graham Dorrans, Jonny Howson; Wes Hoolahan; Cameron Jerome.
Subs: Declan Rudd, Andre Wisdom, Ryan Bennett, Gary O'Neil, Bradley Johnson, Lewis Grabban, Gary Hooper.