Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's side are 16th in the Championship and are without a win in their last four matches.
Sunderland are currently second bottom in the Premier League and winless after their opening five matches of the new campaign.
David Moyes is tonight without Vito Mannone (elbow), Fabio Borini (thigh), Seb Larsson (knee) while Jermain Defoe and Victor Anichebe will not be involved tonight.
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