Both Sunderland and Stoke have taken seven points from the last 18, but it is Stoke who head to the Stadium of Light in better form.
Tony Pulis's men have won their last two games to edge clear of the relegation zone, while Sunderland come into the match on the back of Monday's mauling at relegation rivals Aston Villa.
Stephane Sessegnon was sent off at Villa Park and the Black Cats' appeal against the playmaker's dismissal was this week unsuccessful, so he is unavailable for the rest of the season. James McClean is likely to start in his place.
In the reverse fixture in October it finished goalless at the Britannia Stadium.
Possible starting lineups
Sunderland: Mignolet; Bardsley, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose; N'Diaye, Larsson, Gardner; McClean, Johnson; Graham
Stoke: Begovic; Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Cameron; Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam; Walters, Crouch, Jerome
Sports Mole says: 0-0