Sunderland are seven points adrift of Portsmouth at the top of the League One table right now.
Sunderland currently sit third in the League One standings after 12 matches.
Sunderland full-back Adam Matthews has been impressed by the Stadium of Light crowd this season.
Adam Matthews was in action for Sunderland against Coventry City in League One on Saturday.
Sunderland got back to winning ways with a 4-1 win over Rochdale last weekend.
Sunderland boss Jack Ross took Adam Matthews out of his side's starting line-up at the weekend.
Sunderland play Rochdale this weekend in an all-important fixture for the Black Cats.
Sunderland have fielded three different full-backs at right-back so far this season.
The now Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County and Sunderland players enjoyed successful spells at Celtic Park.
Injuries to John O'Shea and Adam Matthews could enforce changes in the Sunderland back-line.
The right-back's form has dropped significantly this season compared to the rest of his time at Celtic.
Sheffield Wednesday's Gary Hooper spent three years on the books of Celtic and remains popular with Bhoys supporters, it seems.
The 1pm HITC roundup focuses on Sunderland, Leeds and Tottenham Hotspur.