Sunderland sit in the relegation zone as Dick Advocaat looks to haul the Black Cats to safety in the coming weeks.
The Dutchman has won just one of his four games as Sunderland boss so far, and needs to start picking up points if he is to achieve his goal.
This afternoon, Sunderland host Southampton at the Stadium of Light, with Advocaat springing something of a surprise in his starting line up.
Striker Danny Graham starts as Steven Fletcher misses out with an ankle injury, with Liverpool loanee Sebastian Coates starts in defence.
Meanwhile, Southampton sit in seventh place and are looking to clinch a Europa League spot this term, but have now won only one of the last four.
Ronald Koeman's men were disappointed to only take a point against Tottenham last week, and will be looking for better this time around.
Graziano Pelle leads the line after his recent goalscoring form, and will be supported by Sadio Mane and Shane Long in the final third.
With Fraser Forster out, Kelvin Davis - a former Sunderland player - retains his place in goal as Southampton look for an away win.
- Costel Pantilimon
- Sebastián Coates
- Billy Jones
- John O'Shea
- Patrick van Aanholt
- Lee Cattermole
- Jordi Gómez
- Sebastian Larsson
- Danny Graham
- Jermain Defoe
- Connor Wickham
Substitutes: Vito Mannone, Anthony Réveillere, Santiago Vergini, Liam Bridcutt, William Buckley, Adam Johnson, Jack Rodwell.
- Kelvin Davis
- Toby Alderweireld
- Ryan Bertrand
- Nathaniel Clyne
- Jose Fonte
- Maya Yoshida
- Sadio Mané
- Victor Wanyama
- James Ward-Prowse
- Shane Long
- Graziano Pellè
Substitutes: Paulo Gazzaniga, Florin Gardos, Matt Targett, Steven Davis, Filip Djuricic, Eljero Elia, Harrison Reed.
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