They will have no greater opportunity to claim that elusive win which could see them climb as high as 12th.
Tony Mowbray has plenty of issues to contend with, and having played on Saturday it can be expected that he will make some slight tweaks in order to avoid fatigue. With that in mind, here is how Football FanCast expect the Mackems to line up:
Patterson; O’Nien, Wright, Batth, Cirkin; Michut, Evans, Bennette, Pritchard, Diallo; Simms (4-2-3-1).
Anthony Patterson will continue in goal behind an unchanged back four, as they continue to shift away from the 3-4-3 system that had brought them early season success.
Bailey Wright will continue to play at the heart of defence alongside Danny Batth, as academy graduate Dennis Cirkin features at left-back.
Having played more minutes than Corry Evans, it can be expected that Dan Neil will drop out in favour of Edouard Michut.
The Frenchman will partner Evans, who will supplement Alex Pritchard just in front of them.
Leon Dajaku will likely lose his place following his poor performance, to be replaced by Jewison Bennette.
A suspension to Jack Clarke following his fifth booking of the season over the weekend means the Black Cats will be without their star man, but with a wealth of wide talent, Mowbray will not be overly worried.
Amad Diallo, who has been afforded more minutes of late, will likely take his place.
The man – dubbed “special” by Owen Hargreaves – will be able to resume his normal position on the wing as the injured Ellis Simms could make a comeback.
Supporters too will be hoping that he can answer their prayers, and fire them to victory once again.