Sunderland travel to Port Vale on November 11 to begin their FA Cup journey at the first round stage since 1987.
Jack Ross' side are performing well in League One but face a different challenge against Neil Aspin's Vale, who rank 35 places below them in the Football League.
With the prize money on offer and the chance to maintain momentum, the Black Cats are expected to treat the competition seriously, despite promotion the ultimate goal when May 2019 comes round.
What time is kick-off?
Kick-off is at 2:30pm at Vale Park on Sunday, November 11, 2018.
Is the match on TV? Can I watch it on a live stream?
The game will be shown live on BT Sports 1, the first time the Black Cats have featured on live TV since their 1-1 draw with Coventry City on September 29.
How can I follow the Port Vale v Sunderland live?
You’ll be able to follow all the latest updates and team news via the SAFC section on the Sunderland Echo website. Don't forget to tune into our live blog.
Who is the referee?
An announcement regarding the match officials is yet to be made.
Who will be in the teams for the match?
Ross' side are likely to field a strong 11 after executive director Charlie Methven revealed just how big the prize money can impact the club.
Sunderland welcome back Max Power from suspension after serving out a four-match ban following his sending off against Bradford City last month.
Aiden McGeady has returned from injury and form to score two goals in his last three games while Chris Maguire and Jon McLaughlin have been reaping the praise as of late.
The back four of Adam Matthew, Tom Flanagan, Jack Baldwin and Reece James has collected four consecutive clean sheet, although a return Glenn Loovens could be on the cards.
Port Vale possess a North East connection in their ranks with manager Neil Aspin and winger Luke Hannant joining the club from National League side Gateshead.
Though it is Tom Pope who is seen as the pre-match danger man with his seven goals making him Vale's top scorer this term.
What is the form of Port Vale and Sunderland?
The Black Cats are currently on a six-game winning run in all competitions as their League One promotion push reaches full gear.
Now, Sunderland are just three points off top of the table Portsmouth, though hold a two-point advantage over third place Peterborough United with a game in-hand.
Vale themselves are in relatively good form - unbeaten in their last five but ultimately lie 13th in League Two following an indifferent start to the campaign.
Seven defeats in their 17 league matches sees Aspin's side sit six points off the playoff sports.
What are the odds?
Port Vale are 7/2 to cause an upset and 14/5 to earn a replay at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland are the favourites to progress into the second round by some margin at a 3/4 shot,