David Moyes has made 3 changes to his starting eleven to face Burnley tonight compared with the team which faced the Clarets just over a week ago. Jermain Defoe is rested, George Honeyman comes in and Billy Jones is restored to right-back.
Sunderland's trip to Turf Moor is one of nine FA Cup Third Round replays taking place this week. The Sunderland boss has shaken up his side slightly, but perhaps not as much as some may have expected.
Sunderland: Mannone, Jones, van Aanholt, Djilobodji, Manquillo, Denayer, Love, Honeyman, Larsson (c), Januzaj, Borini.
Burnley: Pope, Darikwa, Keane, Tarkowski, Flanagan, Kightly, Boyd, Barton, Defour, Hendrick, Vokes.
Moyes has made a marked point of bemoaning his limited options in the last few matches, and Saturday's game against Stoke City was the first time that Sunderland have not made a substitution of any sort since 2011.
Ready to go... #BURSUN #EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/E53HJnKXLe— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) January 17, 2017
After the 3-1 reverse, the Sunderland manager said that he felt those on the bench could not add any options above what he already had on the pitch.
Meanwhile, Sean Dyche has made 7 changes. With his side now in the top half of the Premier League as a direct result of their outstanding home form this season, Burnley will be confident of progressing to the FA Cup fourth round. The Clarets start without Sunderland's tormentor from the New Year fixture, Andre Gray.
Tonight's winner will host Fleetwood or Bristol City and have a great shout of reaching the fifth round.
Burnley fans have been anticipating a sub-10,000 attendance at Turf Moor tonight, but with Sunderland expecting to travel with at least 1,500 fans, the crowd may just tip over half-full inside a stadium that holds 22,000.
#EmiratesFACup under the floodlights at Turf Moor #HawayTheLads pic.twitter.com/aSxiiJgrga— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) January 17, 2017
Sunderland exited the FA Cup at this point last season - losing at home to what would be Burnley's fourth round opponents, Arsenal. The Clarets were subsequently booted out by the Gunners at that stage, losing 2-1.
With the threat of extra time and penalties should no winner emerge after 90 minutes, David Moyes decision to rest top-scorer Jermain Defoe looks a sound one. Whether his almost-full strength eleven have enough to beat a pack of Burnley second-stringers - we are about to find out.