Injury worries mount for boss
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is without skipper Lee Cattermole for the clash with Fulham as he is struggling with a knee injury.
Cattermole is facing a lengthy absence and may eventually need surgery on the problem so the Black Cats will have to try and arrest a slump in form without him.
The boss is also without defenders Danny Rose and Wes Brown. Rose has returned to parent club Spurs while his hamstring injury clears up and Brown is also suffering from a knee problem.
Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher will again be paired in attack as Sunderland look for three points to pull them away from the relegation scrap behind them.