Borini handed start

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by Stuart Vose

Team news ahead of this afternoon's game.

Fabio Borini makes his first start for Sunderland as the Black Cats face West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns (KO 3pm).

The Italian replaces Jozy Altidore up front, while captain John O’Shea returns in place of Valentin Roberge.

Emanuele Giaccherini is back, while Craig Gardner also starts. The pair replace Charis Mavrias and David Vaughan.

Sunderland: Westwood, Celustka, Colback, Diakite, O’Shea ©, Ki, Gardner, Johnson, Giaccherini, Fletcher, Borini.

Subs: Mannone, Altidore, Ba, Cuellar, Dong-won, Cattermole, Mavrias.

West Brom: Myhill, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Morrison, Sinclair, Sessegnon, Anelka.

Subs: Camp, Rosenberg, Lugano, Popov, Yacob, Berahino, Anichebe.