Steven Fletcher makes his first league start for Sunderland since January for the visit of Aston Villa.
With the two teams hovering just above the relegation zone, the Black Cats have Lee Cattermole missing as he starts a two match ban for accumulating 10 bookings. Adam Johnson is also out due to an ongoing police investigation.
Fletcher plays up front alongside Jermain Defoe.
Christian Benteke returns from a hip injury for Aston Villa after missing the FA Cup quarter-final win over West Brom.
Ron Vlaar and Kieran Richardson though miss out, despite hopes that they could have returned.
Sunderland: Pantilimon, Reveillere, van Aanholt, Brown, O'Shea (c), Bridcutt, Larsson, Rodwell, Alvarez, Defoe, Fletcher
Subs: Jones, Wickham, Gomez, Graham, Coates, Vergini, Mannone
Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Okore, Clark, Bacuna, Delph (c), Cleverley, Sinclair, N’Zogbia, Benteke, Agbonlahor
Subs: Given, Gil, Sanchez, Kinsella, Weimann, Westwood, Hepburn-MurphyReuse content