ALL eyes will be on Steve Bruce as he brings his Hull team to Sunderland this weekend.
His last memories of the Stadium of Light cannot be good ones, with an angry crowd booing him and his team following a miserable 2-1 defeat against Wigan.
It would be a bit of an understatement to say Bruce will be fired up for this game.
And with a number of ex-Sunderland players in his squad, Hull will be motivated and have a point to prove.
Hull will not be coming to the Stadium of Light as a team in form.
They gained a point last Saturday against Spurs, but lost four straight games before that and are very much in the relegation scrap.
At one time earlier this season, Hull had a massive 10-point gap over Sunderland in the Premier League table – but the two teams will meet on Saturday on level points and crucially, while Hull’s momentum is a downward one, Sunderland are going in the opposite direction.
Bruce used the transfer window to strengthen his attacking options, bringing in Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic, who add pace to the team and can cause problems on the day.
Ex-Sunderland players David Meyler, Paul McShane and Ahmed Elmohamady could also feature and if they do, they will no doubt be keen to put over on their old club.
This is another huge fixture for Sunderland.
They are the home team against another side around them – and it gives the Black Cats a great chance to make it three league wins in a row.
After the weekend’s great derby win, it is vital Sunderland’s players don’t get complacent and let their standards slip as the three points on offer against Hull are just as important as the three against Newcastle.