Stoke can add to Black Cats' problems
Sunderland slipped back into trouble after taking one point from nine over Christmas and New Year and look set for further despair against Stoke at the Stadium of Light.
Stoke’s FA Cup exit at home to Wolves was poor but will have increased their desire to push for a lofty league finish.
Stoke often come on strong in the second half of the season and have won each of their three games against the current bottom three by a two-goal margin.
1pt 6-4 general
Stoke have scored in each of their last eight away games
Sunderland Victor Anichebe, Steven Pienaar and Billy Jones could return from injuries but Lamine Kone, Didier Ndong and Wahbi Khazri are at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Stoke Jonathan Walters (knee) is out, but Mame Diouf, Ramadam Sobhi and Wilfried Bony are on international duty. Marc Muniesa and Phil Bardsley are back in full training.