Apr 27, 2014, 6:33 AM EDT
Sunderland look to build on their shock win over Chelsea and climb out of the bottom three against fellow drop-zone candidates Cardiff.
The Black Cats are still bottom of the league but have their relegation rivals thinking “oh no” according to Adam Johnson.
The game against Cardiff, at 7am ET at the Stadium of Light live on NBCSN or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra, could see either team out of the relegation zone with a win.
Goalkeeper Kieran Westwood, a long-term injury absentee, is also still out. His counterpart Vito Mannone was voted Sunderland’s Player of the Season.
Both squads, at least initially, appear to have gone with a conventional two-striker lineup, as Jordan Mutch and Frazier Campbell are the men on duty for the Bluebirds.
Sunderland – Mannone; Vergini, Alonso, O’Shea, Brown; Cattermole, Larsson, Colback, Johnson; Borini, Wickham.
Bench – Bardsley, Gardner, Altidore, Giaccherini, Bridcutt, Scocco, Ustari.
Cardiff City – Marshall; Theophile, Caulker, Cala, Fabio; Cowie, Medel, Whittingham, Dæhli; Mutch, Campbell.
Bench – Lewis; Turner, Jones, Eikrem, Zaha, Bellamy, John.
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