Jack Ross has named his side for Sunderland AFC’s first-ever visit to Accrington Stanley.
After a number of pitch inspections following heavy downpour overnight and throughout the morning the referee has said he is happy for the game to go ahead.
Skipper George Honeyman returns to the starting line-up after missing the last two games, Chris Maguire also starts after pulling up in the warm up last weekend at Walsall.
Form man Aiden McGeady starts, looking to add to his six goals and four assists in his 13 appearances so far this term.
The game comes too soon for Duncan Watmore, who despite impressing in Checkatrade Trophy action on Tuesday night, won’t be risked.
Sunderland: McLaughlin, Matthews, James, Baldwin, Flanagan, McGeady, Gooch, Honeyman ©, Power, Maguire, Maja
Substitutes: Ruiter, Ozturk, Sinclair, Oviedo, McGeouch, O’Nien, Loovens