Terry Connor's side is in free fall, losing its last seven matches and will face a difficult fight for survival against the impressive home form of Martin O'Neill's side
Bardsley, Turner, Kilgallon, Colback
Larsson, Gardner, Cattermole, McClean
Zubar, Stearman, Berra, Ward
Kightly, Edwards, Henry, Jarvis
Nicklas Bendtner is hoping to return for Sunderland from a back injury and resume his regular role as the lone striker filled by last week by attacking midfielder Stephane Sessegnon. Fraizer Campbell is another option up front if he recovers from a knee injury acquired in training.
If the Dane returns Sessegnon could drop back into midfield alongside Craig Gardner and Lee Cattermole in place of David Vaughan, unless Cattermole fails to recover from a knee injury picked up in training.
Wolves played with a lone striker in Kevin Doyle against Arsenal on Wednesday but could restore top scorer Steven Fletcher to the starting lineup in search of a greater attacking threat.
Christophe Berra could be the suspended Sebastien Bassong’s replacement at center back alongside Richard Stearman, after replacing the on-loan defender last week when his side went down to 10 men.
Alternatively former captain Roger Johnson could return to the lineup, having been left on the bench in recent matches after his involvement in an on-pitch altercation with goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.
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- Sunderland sits in 11th place in the table, a comfortable 13 points above safety with only five games remaining.
- The Black Cats did however lose 4-0 on Monday away to Everton and have failed to win in their past three matches.
- Their form at the Stadium of Light is strong, winning six of their nine PL games at home since the appointment of Martin O’Neill in place of the dismissed Steve Bruce, losing only once against Arsenal.
- Wolves’ 2-0 win over Sunderland at Molineux in December is one of only three wins for the club this season, courtesy of two goals from 10-goal top scorer Steven Fletcher (pictured right).
- Terry Connor's side is bottom of the table, nine points below safety with just five matches left.
- Wolves have lost seven consecutive matches, and have picked up just one point in eight games since the club dismissed manager Mick McCarthy, only to replace him with his assistant following a 5-1 home defeat to rival West Brom
- The Midlands club has conceded at least two goals in each of its last nine matches, and has won just one of its last 16 league games away from Molineux.
- Wolves won the last meeting between the two sides at the Stadium of Light, with Stephen Fletcher scoring in a 3-1 victory.