Look back on past clashes with tonight's opponents.
Take a look back at some of the most memorable meetings between Sunderland and Birmingham City in recent years.
22nd September 2009 – Sunderland 2-0 Birmingham City
The last and only Capital One Cup meeting between the two sides came in 2009, as Sunderland secured a comfortable 2-0 win at the Stadium of Light.
Jordan Henderson and Frazier Campbell got the goals within the opening 23 minutes, as Birmingham failed to test the Black Cats backline.
The deadlock was broken within four minutes as Henderson netted his first senior goal, with Campbell glancing in Andy Reid’s cross soon after.
The Black Cats continued to threaten and they could have scored more, with Maik Taylor denying Kenwyne Jones before John Mensah’s strike was chalked off for a foul.
15 August 2007 – Birmingham City 2-2 Sunderland
Stern John returned to haunt former club Birmingham City by netting an added-time equaliser at St Andrew’s.
The Black Cats fell behind midway through the first half when Paul McShane diverted Stephen Kelly’s header into his own net, but Michael Chopra struck home an equaliser with 15 minutes remaining.
Gary O’Connor put the Blues back into the lead with eight minutes remaining, but John nodded home in the dying moments of the game to seal a dramatic 2-2 draw.
25th February 2004 – Birmingham City 0-2 Sunderland
Sunderland’s last win over Birmingham City at St Andrew’s came in the FA Cup in 2004, as an extra-time Tommy Smith double secured a 2-0 win.
Smith came on midway through the second half, replacing Marcus Stewart who squandered a golden opportunity to sink the top-flight Blues when he headed wide from a John Oster cross.
It took 99 minutes for the deadlock to be broken but Smith did so in emphatic fashion, tucking home the rebound after Kevin Kyle hit the woodwork before firing in a second with five minutes remaining.
The win set up an FA Cup quarter-final tie with Sheffield United, during which Smith scored the winner at the Stadium of Light.
9th May 1999 – Sunderland 2-1 Birmingham City
Sunderland capped off a record-breaking promotion-winning campaign with a 2-1 win over Birmingham City.
The Black Cats fell behind with 38 minutes played but second-half goals from Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn cancelled out Martin Grainger’s opener.
The results meant thats Sunderland were promoted to the top flight with a record number of points (105), as Bradford City also secured promotion ahead of Ipswich Town.
Overall record: W 52 D 23 L 41