They head into Tuesday's home encounter against Swansea City on a run of five victories from their last eight outings in the Premier League.
The Stadium of Light has not exactly been a fortress for the Black Cats so far this campaign though, having only achieved four wins from a possible 11.
Meanwhile, League Cup finalists Swansea have impressed under the stewardship of Michael Laudrup over the last few months.
The Swans have not beaten their hosts in their last four attempts - a run that dates all the way back to November 1982.
Possible starting lineups:
Sunderland: Mignolet; Bardsley, O'Shea, Bramble, Kilgallon; McClean, Gardner, N'Diaye, Johnson; Sessegnon; Flethcer
Swansea: Vorm; Davies, Chico, Williams, Rangel; Britton, De Guzman, Ki; Dyer, Routledge; Michu
Sports Mole says: 2-2