Gus Poyet will be hoping his side can gather momentum and press on in the league, after a morale boosting victory in the Capital One Cup this week, with the Black Cats fans only celebrating twice in the league this season at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland have won just two games in the league, both home and away, having picked up a total of just nine points so far.
The Canaries however, are equally as poor on the road, having won just two games and lost the other six when they’ve been away from Carrow Road. Chris Hughton has a growing list of injuries to be concerned about, with both Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass both ruled out through injuries.
Poyet could see English midfielder Jack Colback return to the side after suffering with illness that kept him out of the Capital One Cup victory against Chelsea, and Colback has featured heavily so far this season for Sunderland.
Sunderland v Norwich City Pre-Match Stats
Craig Gardner scored in both Barclays Premier League meetings with Norwich City last season.
None of the last 11 league meetings between Norwich and Sunderland has ended as an away win (nine home wins and two draws).