The Black Cats have quickly become the Premier League's draw specialists this season, and their inability to turn decent performances into victories is starting to be a problem for Gus Poyet.
A lack of goals is certainly a concern for the Uruguayan, who has seen his side find the back of the net just five times in six league fixtures.
All of that means they head into the meeting with the Potters still searching for a first victory, but they will meet a team boosted by their most recent display.
Stoke returned to winning form on Monday night by taking advantage of Newcastle United's problems to earn a 2-1 victory, and they will take confidence from their triumph over Sunderland in the League Cup last month.
Possible starting lineups
Sunderland: Mannone, Jones, van Aanholt, Vergini, O'Shea, Larsson, Rodwell, Cattermole, Johnson, Fletcher, Wickham
Stoke: Begovic, Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Muniesa, Whelan, Nzonzi, Arnautovic, Adam, Moses, Crouch
Sports Mole says: 1-1