Sam Allardyce was forced to make a defensive switch for Sunderland's clash against Watford after Younes Kaboul was ruled out through illness.
Full-back Billy Jones came into central defence to take Kaboul's spot, in the only change from the side which lost at Arsenal.
Fit-again Jermain Defoe was included in the squad, but was only among the substitutes.
Sunderland: Pantilimon, Yedlin, Coates, O'Shea, Jones, van Aanholt, M'Vila, Toivonen, Watmore, Borini, Fletcher. Subs: Mannone, Rodwell, Johnson, Matthews, Lens, Defoe, Graham.
Watford: Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Ake, Capoue, Watson, Abdi, Deeney, Jurado, Ighalo. Subs: Arlauskis, Paredes, Guedioura, Berghuis, Anya, Diamanti, Oulare