Sunderland welcome Southampton to the Stadium of Light on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET online via Live Extra) as the Black Cats sit in the bottom three and are desperate for three points.
Dick Advocaat’s side drew 1-1 with Stoke City last time out and will be hoping to get the better of his countryman Ronald Koeman in just his third home game in charge of Sunderland.
Koeman’s high-flying Southampton side currently sit in seventh but a win could put them in fifth place as they chase European soccer next season. When these two teams met earlier in the season Saints prevailed 8-0 in their biggest win in PL history. Surely it will be a lot tighter this time around.
In team news Sunderland bring Danny Graham and Sebastian Larsson into the lineup, while Southampton make two changes as Victor Wanyama and Shane Long come into the side.
Sunderland: Pantilimon, Jones, van Aanholt, Cattermole, Larsson, Wickham, Gomez, O’Shea, Graham, Coates, Defoe. Subs: Bridcutt, Rodwell, Johnson, Reveillere, Mannone, Vergini, Buckley
Southampton: K. Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Bertrand, Alderweireld, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Long, Mane, Pelle. Subs: Gazzaniga, Gardos, S. Davis, Djuricic, Elia, Reed, Targett