Stoke City v Sunderland: Pick your starting XI for crunch clash

Should Sam Allardyce play the same side against Stoke City?
Should Sam Allardyce play the same side against Stoke City?
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Against Arsenal, Sam Allardyce named the same starting line-up for the fourth successive match.

Should he stick with the same team for the Premier League game at Stoke City this weekend?

Pick your Sunderland AFC side using our team selector tool here:
Sunderland AFC reporters Chris Young and Richard Mennear have picked their team below, with both believing Big Sam will keep faith with the same starting line-up.

SAFC: Mannone, Yedlin, Kone, Kaboul, Van Aanholt, Kirchhoff, Cattermole, M'Vila, Khazri, Borini, Defoe.

In recent weeks Sunderland have picked up a crucial three points away at Norwich City and a point at home to Arsenal to lift them out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

But should Allardyce look to make changes for the trip to the Britannia Stadium?

Allardyce revealed at his pre-match press conference that he has a fully fit squad to choose from, with Jeremain Lens back from illness and Duncan Watmore pushing for a start.

Pick your Sunderland AFC team using our team selector tool here: