The Potters have only won one of their last six matches but as well as United, that run included Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.
Sunderland have lost only to Premier League champions Manchester City this season and they will be hoping to continue that run with a result against Stoke.
The Black Cats drew 1-1 with Newcastle United in the Tyne-Wear derby last weekend, but manager Martin O'Neill may decide to recall full-back Phil Bardsley to strengthen the makeshift defence that began last week's game.
Stoke City: DDLWDL
Possible starting lineups:
Stoke City: Begovic; Cameron, Huth, Wilson, Shawcross; Nzonzi, Adam, Etherington, Kightly; Walters, Crouch
Sunderland: Mignolet; O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Bardsley; Larsson, Gardner, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon; Fletcher
Sports Mole says: 2-1