Victories over Stoke City and Newcastle have lifted Gus Poyet's relegation-threatened side up to 14th in the Premier League and they face a Tigers side with just one win in 11
Manager Gus Poyet has inspired a superb turnaround at the Stadium of Light since taking over in October when the Wearside club were bottom of the table.
Sunderland completed a league double over fierce local rivals Newcastle for the first time since 1967 with an emphatic 3-0 win at St James' Park last Saturday.
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Sunderland now have the chance to increase hopes of top-flight survival by making it three in a row on Saturday, a feat which they have not achieved since a 1-0 triumph at Stoke on February 4, 2012.
Poyet's men could move into the top half with a victory against Hull, who have won just one away game in the league so far this campaign.
The Tigers' lone success on the road came in a 3-2 win at Newcastle but Steve Bruce's side will need to reverse their dismal recent form if the Yorkshire club are to add to that disappointing tally.
Indeed, Hull are winless in five Premier League games, a 1-1 draw against Tottenham ending a run of four straight defeats.
However, Bruce will need no extra motivation to get back to winning ways as he returns to the Stadium of Light as an opposing manager for the first time since he was dismissed as Sunderland boss in November 2011.
The visitors will again be without goalkeeper Allan McGregor, who serves the second game of a three-match ban for his dismissal at Crystal Palace at the end of January.
Defender James Chester is out with a hamstring injury, but striker Sone Aluko is likely to play some part after recovering from an Achilles problem - which has kept him out since November last year.
Steven Fletcher (Achilles) remains a doubt after missing the win over Newcastle, while Lee Cattermole's (calf) participation is also in question. Keiren Westwood (shoulder) is expected to be out for the remainder of the campaign but defender Carlos Cuellar could be in line for a comeback after returning to full training.