Predicted Sunderland and Hull City line-ups - Rodwell to come in

Match to be played on Friday 26th December 2014 at 15:00. Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

Sunderland will still be riding the high of a late winner from Adam Johnson in the derby against Newcastle United last weekend, which put the Black Cats to within three points of Liverpool in the top half of the table.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet will be hoping to use the momentum created by that win to his team’s advantage as they taken on Hull City, who are struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table.

Sunderland seem to have improved remarkably from the side that was defeated so heavily in that game against Southampton.

Hull boss Steve Bruce will be fully aware of how important it is for his team to start moving in the right direction, if they want to avoid being stuck in a scrap which could see them go back down into the Championship.

Here are the potential sides that each boss could go with for the game.

Sunderland: Pantilimon, Vergini, Coates, Brown, O’Shea, Cattermole, Johnson, Larsson, Rodwell, Jordi Gomez, Fletcher

Hull City: McGregor, Elmohamady, Chester, Bruce, Davies, Robertson, Meyler, Ramirez, Hernandez, Brady, Jelavic

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