Darron Gibson and Jonny Williams start for Sunderland as Lee Cattermole and George Honeyman drop out.
Paddy McNair is back on the bench for the first time in 2017.
Sunderland XI: Steele; Jones, Kone, O'Shea, Oviedo; Gibson, Ndong, Williams; McGeady, Watmore, Grabban
Subs: Ruiter, Matthews, Cattermole, Honeyman, Vaughan, McManaman, McNair
Bristol City XI: Fielding; Baker, Wright, Flint; Pack, O'Dowda, Brownhill, Paterson, Bryan, Reid, Taylor
Subs: Steele, Pisano, Smith, Woodrow, Djuric, Magnusson, Leko