Poyet rings the changes.
Wes Brown returns to the starting line-up after serving his three match ban following his dismissal against Norwich City last month.
He is one of six changes Gus Poyet has made ahead of today’s FA Cup with Budweiser clash.
Brown joins Andrea Dossena and Ondrej Celustka in the Sunderland backline, with Phil Bardsley dropping to the bench.
Sebastian Larsson also comes in for today’s game, as does Craig Gardner, Adam Johnson and Jozy Altidore , with Emanuele Giaccherini, Fabio Borini and Steven Fletcher named as substitutes.
Young winger Duncan Watmore is included in a first-team squad for the first time - he's on the bench today and will wear squad number 41.
Sunderland: Mannone, Gardner, Dossena, Celustka, Brown©, Ji, Johnson, Larsson, Colback, Ki, Altidore
Subs: Bardsley, Fletcher, Pickford, Ba, Giaccherini, Borini, Watmore
Carlisle United: Fleming, Potts, O'Hanlon, Ehmer, Robson, Buaben, Noble, Berrett, Amoo, Guy, Lawrence
Subs: Brass, Townsend, Miller, Beck, Symington, Meppen-Walter, Chimbonda