Sunday's clash the 125th league meeting between the two sides.
Sunderland will look to continue their 100% home record under Gus Poyet as the Black Cats host in-form Manchester City at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
Back-to-back 2-1 victories on Wearside, over Newcastle United and Southampton respectively, have lifted confidence ahead of the clash with the Citizens.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are flying, though, and after this week’s double demolition of both Norwich City and CSKA Moscow the Eastlands club will be looking to break their four-game winless run at the Stadium of Light.
City have scored 12 goals in their last two games with Argentine international striker Sergio Aguero in fine form having scored in each of his last six games – a run which has seen his record for the season reach 13 goals in just 12 appearances.
As a player, Poyet’s record against the Citizens is good having lost only two of the eight games he featured against the Manchester side. The Uruguayan was part of the Tottenham side that famously went down to a ten-man City side having held a 3-0 half-time lead in a fourth round FA Cup tie in February 2004.
The Black Cats, who have won each of the last three meetings between the two sides on Wearside 1-0, were boosted by the return of experienced defender Wes Brown in Wednesday’s victory over Southampton and the former Manchester United man will look to make his first league start in 22 months.
If Brown was to start on Sunday, the Manchester-born defender will hope to continue his fine record against City which has seen him lose just one of the six games in which he has featured against the Sky Blues on the home side.
Adam Johnson, who is set to go up against his former club for the third time since leaving the Etihad Stadium in the early stages of the 2012-13 season, scored both sides' last goal in this fixture with his strike earning the Black Cats a 1-0 win last season after he had equalised in the 90th minute for City in a 1-1 draw back in March 2010.
Poyet rested Steven Fletcher on Wednesday evening and the Scot should return to partner Jozy Altidore, who scored the only Barclays Premier League goal of his loan spell with Hull against Manchester City, in attack.
Ex-Manchester City youth Keiren Westwood missed the Capital One Cup win over Southampton due to injury and he will be assessed ahead of the visit of his former club.
Sunday’s meeting will be the 125th league meeting between the two sides with City edging the head to head record with 57 wins in comparison to Sunderland’s 46 successes whilst there have been 21 draws.