Bottom-of-the-table Sunderland will be targeting a return to winnings ways when Walter Mazzarri's Watford visit the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
The Black Cats gave their fans cause for optimism after recording a morale-boosting 2-1 victory over defending EPL champions Leicester city at the start of the month.
However, they have since suffered back-to-back defeats in England's top flight, leaving them rooted to the foot of the table on 11 points.
— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) December 16, 2016
Watford, meanwhile, have an identical record to Sunderland, having recorded two wins in their last five fixtures, although they are in a considerably better position in the standings; 11th place on 21 points.
Ahead of the tie, Black Cats boss David Moyes issued a rallying cry, reminding his squad of the importance of picking up points at home.
"We have to win our home games if we want to stay in the Premier League. We are aiming for three points against Watford.
"It will be a tight game, a close one and we need to make sure we win it."
? David Moyes reacts to media headlines + gives an injury update ahead of tomorrow's game
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) December 16, 2016
On the team news front, Sunderland will hand late fitness tests to Victor Anichebe, Javier Manquillo and Steven Pienaar.
However, Jan Kirchhoff is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a cartilage tear during the 1-0 defeat to league leaders Chelsea in midweek.
For Watford, Valon Behrami and Younes Kaboul return to contention, but Roberto Pereyra (knee) and Craig Cathcart (groin) miss out.