At home against a side out of form with more than an eye on a cup final - is there a better time for Sunderland to typically fail to take advantage of a great situation? A win would almost certainly see us out of the bottom three.
I'm sure David Moyes would have loved to name an unchanged side, however he confirmed during his pre-match presser that at least one player from last week's thumping win over Crystal Palace won't be available.
Jordan Pickford has returned to full training this week however wont take any part in this weekend's clash with Southampton. With next week being a week off because of our early FA cup exit, Pickford will return for February's final fixture against Everton. Vito Mannone, after two clean sheets, will continue between the sticks.
In front of him is likely to be a similar system which has earned us four precious points in the last two games. Lamine Kone will be fresh from two monstrous performances and be joined almost certainly by the improving Jason Denayer. Moyes stated today that John O'Shea should be available despite suffering a hamstring injury against Palace and that means he will probably start given Joleon Lescott's lack of game time. Bryan Oviedo was fantastic on his debut and will start as well as Billy Jones.
Jack Rodwell is confirmed as unavailable so will not line up as part of the expected midfield three. Seb Larsson and Didier Ndong, the latter of which has been fantastic in the last two games, are certain to start whilst a home debut for Darron Gibson looks likely.
Up front, Adnan Januzaj is set to keep Fabio Borini on the bench after setting up two of our four goals last week. The second was a sublime pass which took out nearly half of Palace's players. Jermain Defoe will, obviously, start.
Mannone, Kone, Denayer, O'Shea, Jones, Oviedo, Ndong, Gibson, Larsson, Januzaj, Defoe.
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