Expect a feisty and tenacious battle at the Britannia Stadium as Mark Hughes’ Potters aim to grab their first home Premier League win since beating Crystal Palace in August.
The Potters have been struggling for goals and start with Peter Crouch and Marko Arnautovic up front to try and open up the Black Cats defense.
For Sunderland’s new manager Gus Poyet, he’s looking for a third win in his fifth game since taking charge. Jozy Altidore is once again on the bench as Steven Fletcher leads the line for Sunderland.
Both teams are desperate for three points and need to take a big ‘W’ at the Britannia.
Stoke: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters; Walters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Adam, Arnautovic; Crouch
Sunderland: Mannone, Celustka, Bardsley, O’Shea, Brown, Ki, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, Giaccherini, Fletcher