The hosts have only won once in their last seven league games, whilst the Black Cats have lost once in nine, although they have a poor record at the Britannia Stadium
Woodgate, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson
Pennant, Palacios, Whelan, Etherington
Bardsley, O'Shea, Turner, Richardson
Larsson, Colback, Gardner, McClean
Matthew Etherington is expected to shake off a groin injury to start after missing out at Old Trafford, whilst Tony Pulis could change his usual strike-force of Peter Crouch and Jonathan Walters as they posed very little threat.
Fraizer Campbell should retain his place up front for Sunderland after scoring in their comfortable 3-0 victory over Norwich City - the striker’s second goal in two games following a return from a long-term injury.
Martin O'Neill will have doubts concerning the fitness of Lee Cattermole and Craig Gordon, who are nursing hamstring and knee injuries respectively, while Wes Brown is out for eight weeks with a knee problem.
Marcos Angeleri (knee), Nicklas Bendtner (face), Titus Bramble (Achilles), Matthew Kilgallon and David Vaughan (both ankle) remain sidelined.
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- Stoke have won only once in their last seven league games, collecting a meagre six points.
- Tony Pulis’ men have scored the most amount of goals from set-pieces in the Premier League this season.
- Stoke have won five games out of five where they were winning at half-time.
- The Potters have come from behind four times already this season to snatch eight points from losing positions at home.
- Martin O'Neill's arrival in the hotseat at Sunderland has seen them come back into form, picking up 19 points from a possible 27. Only Manchester United - who have picked up 21 points - have done better during this time.
- Sunderland have not picked up a single point from the Britannia Stadium since Stoke were promoted to the top flight in 2008.
- Fraizer Campbell (right) has scored two goals in his last two games since returning to top-flight action for the first time since August 2010.
- Both teams are locked on 30 points in eighth and ninth position, nine points off a European spot.