Sunderland welcome Southampton to the Stadium of Light on Saturday hoping to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to Everton last time out.
The Black Cats were battered 6-2 at Goodison Park on Sunday, bringing them back down to earth following their impressive 3-0 win over rivals Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby at the end of last month.
The victory over the Magpies remains their only triumph this season and Sam Allardyce's men are second from bottom after 11 games, having only managed to rack up six points so far.
To compound matters, John O'Shea (hamstring), Ola Toivonen, Younes Kaboul (both groin) and Fabio Borini (ankle) all face late fitness tests ahead of the clash, while Lee Cattermole (groin) remains sidelined.
The Saints, meanwhile, come into the match in fine form, having gone the past seven games unbeaten and currently sit in seventh place following last weekend's comfortable 2-0 win over promoted outfit Bournemouth.
Ronald Koeman's side have not lost away from home this season and will be confident of toppling the Black Cats, who have not managed a win at the Stadium of Light since 2003.
In team news, skipper Jose Fonte is expected to overcome a hamstring injury to start the clash but Jay Rodriguez, Shane Long (both ankle) and Fraser Forster (knee) all remain sidelined.