Development squad welcome Fulham to Wearside.
Sunderland’s U21s are back in action today when they face high-flying Fulham at the Academy of Light (KO 12 noon).
The development squad could move as high as fourth with a win, whilst Fulham are looking to open up a lead at the top of the division.
The Cottagers are currently joint leaders on 35 points along with Liverpool, who have a game in hand.
Fulham have won 10 of their 18 games so far, while Sunderland are looking for their ninth success of the season.
Coach Kevin Ball saw the U21 side suffer a narrow 2-1 defeat in a friendly at Leeds last week, with the visitors unlucky not to at least claim a share of the spoils after hitting the woodwork twice and seeing another effort cleared off the line.
Live updates will be available at www.twitter.com/safcofficial, with a full match report to follow on safc.com after the game.