The Black Cats stunned both Manchester City and Chelsea last week by taking four points off the title-chasing sides to close the gap from the bottom of the table to safety to just three points.
Five points from their last four games have helped Cardiff retain hope of avoiding the drop, and a win at the Stadium of Light could see the Bluebirds move out of the relegation zone.
Cardiff City: LLDLWD
Possible starting lineups
Sunderland: Mannone; Vergini, Alonso, O'Shea, Brown; Cattermole, Johnson, Larsson, Colback, Borini; Wickham
Cardiff City: Marshall; Theophile-Catherine, Fabio, Caulker, Torres; Medel, Kim, Mutch, Whittingham, Daehli; Campbell
Sports Mole says: 2-1