Sonko McShane Dawson Mouyokolo
Kilbane Fagan Boateng Cairney Bullard

Hutton Da Silva Turner Richardson
Campbell Henderson Cana Meyler Malbranque

Sunderland subs (from): Carson(gk), Kilgallon, Liddle, Bardsley, Ferdinand, Zenden, Jones, Benjani
Hull City subs: Myhill (gk), Barmby,Cooper, Ghilas, Cullen, Olofinjana, Geovanni

SUNDERLAND: Captain Lorik Cana returns to the squad after being absent since the 3-0 defeat at Liverpool last month with a groin injury.

The Albania international could be set for a start after Bruce suggested a more defensive approach may be the key to securing his sides second away win of the season. John Mensah is out for the season handing Paulo Da Silva or Anton Ferdinand a chance to impress alongside Michael Turner.
Suspensions: None
Injuries: Cattermole (calf), Reid (knee)
Last five league games: WLWLD
Leading league scorer: Bent 23
Next game: Man Utd (A) 2/5/10

HULL CITY: The Tigers relegation would be all but sealed if they lose today and West Ham beat Wigan. Iain Dowie must do without Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink after the striker suffered concussion in the defeat to Aston Villa.

Bernard Mendy is doubtful with a hamstring problem but Dean Marney could be available after illness.
Suspensions: None
Injuries: Ashbee, Garcia, Zaki & Zayatte (all knee), Folan (hip), Gardner (ankle), Hunt (foot), Vennegoor Of Hesselink (concussion)
Last five league games: LDLLW
Leading league scorer: Hunt 6
Key player: Jimmy Bullard - A potential matchwinner in midfield.

Last season: 1-4
League head to head: Sunderland 14, Hull 10, draws 5
Referee: Peter Walton (Long Buckby, Northants) G33 Y84 R6 Av2.72
Last Sunderland game: v Birmingham (H) 3-0 W, 20/03/10, Y1 R0
Odds: H6/4; A11/5; D5/2

It's a fact: Sunderland have won their last five league games against Hull.
Comment by Paul Fraser: This should be an ideal opportunity for Sunderland to grab an elusive away win but Hull are fighting for their lives.
Prediction: 1-1