Bruce has his eyes set on Wembley
The Black Cats have lost just once this season and manager Steve Bruce was delighted by the "effort and endeavour" which saw his side pick-up a point in the 94th minute against Arsenal.
And Bruce is treating the competition with the utmost of respect and will be naming a strong team as he believes that his side can go all the way to Wembley and win the trophy.
Hammers looking to build momentum
A Scott Parker-inspired West Ham picked up their first point of the season away at Stoke, ending a run of four defeats that had seen them make their worst-ever start to a league campaign.
They are unbeaten against Sunderland in their last four encounters, but the Hammers' record in the League Cup is abysmal - they have gone out at the third-round stage in seven of the last eight seasons, and have not beaten a Premier League club since 1997.
Asamoah Gyan is set to be given his first start for the Black Cats since his big-money move from Rennes, and the Ghana striker is likely to partner Darren Bent following the England international last gasp equaliser against Arsenal. Goalkeeper Craig Gordon and defenders Michael Turner and John Mensah are out through injury, while Lee Cattermole is suspended.
Mignolet; Bardsley, Bramble, Da Silva, Richardson; Riveros, Henderson, Colback, Reid; Gyan, Bent. Subs: Carson, Al-Muhammady, Onuoha, Zenden, Malbranque, Colback, Wellbeck
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West Ham boss Avram Grant looks set to name a strong team as the Hammers search for only their second win of the season. Valon Behrami and Thomas Hitzlsperger will be missing through injury, but Tal Ben Haim is available again after being absent from Saturday's game out of respect for the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.
Benni McCarthy could earn himself a recall to the startig line-up but Lars Jacobsen is cup-tied having appeared previously in the competition for Blackburn Rovers
Stech; Faubert, Tomkins, Ben Haim, Da Costa; Barrera, Kovac, Parker, Boa Morte; Piquionne, McCarthy. Subs: Green, Upson, Gabbidon, Noble, Obinha, Stanislas, Dyer