Confirmed: Bradford and Sunderland line-ups

Bradford City stadium

Here is how Bradford and Sunderland will line up for this afternoon’s match:

Bradford starting XI: Williams, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Meredith, Liddle, Morais, Knott, Clarke, Hanson, Stead

Bradford subs: Urwin, Sheehan, Zoko, Yeates, MacKenzie, Routis, Halliday

Sunderland starting XI: Mannone, Jones, van Aanholt, Brown, O'Shea, Bridcutt, Larsson, Johnson, Alvarez, Fletcher, Graham

Sunderland subs: Pantilimon, Wickham, Gomez, Coates, Vergini, Honeyman, Agnew

Bradford welcome Sunderland to the Coral Windows Stadium as the League One side attempt to do to the Black Cats what they did to Chelsea recently.

Bradford defeated the Blues in the fourth round of the FA Cup and now they are just one match away from the quarter-finals.

The two sides have only met once before in this competition, and Sunderland won 1-0 on that occasion. The Black Cats have also beaten Bradford nine times in the last 12 meetings between the two clubs in all competitions, losing just once.

Despite that, Gus Poyet will have seen what Phil Parkinson’s side did to Chelsea and know they cannot be taken lightly – and certainly not in their own backyard.

This match really could go either way, with Valley Parade an evener if ever there was one.

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