Sunderland headed into the international break having mustered a creditable draw at Preston North End and they will now be looking to build on that result.
While Sunderland have endured an awful run at the Stadium of Light, that streak must end at some stage and now they take on Queens Park Rangers.
The international break may cause some changes, but it is unlikely that Jason Steele will lose his place in goal.
Sunderland have had a number of defenders away with their countries. Lamine Kone could well return, but the miles put in by Bryan Oviedo - the Costa Rica international - will surely prevent him from starting.
Although Grayson opted against pairing Callum McManaman and Aiden McGeady on the wings at Deepdale, he must bow to pressure to select his two most creative players in a key home fixture.
And the two wingers could be joined by Duncan Watmore, an impact substitute at Preston, who has now had time to build his fitness.
Both Paddy McNair and Lewis Grabban will return to the fold in the coming weeks, but it would cause little surprise if the core of the midfield remained the same and James Vaughan continued up front.
How Sunderland could line up against QPR: