Southampton will host a struggling Sunderland at St Mary's in the fourth round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday.
The Saints have lost only once in their last nine games in all competitions and come into this clash on the back of an impressive 1-1 draw with Premier League title contenders Manchester City.
Meanwhile, the Wearsiders have endured a testing time so far this term, occupying bottom spot in the league and winning only one of their last five matches in all competitions.
David Moyes' side beat Shrewsbury and QPR on their way to the fourth round, while the south coast club got the better of Crystal Palace 2-0 in the third round.
In team news, Saints boss Claude Puel will be without the services of Jeremy Pied, Cedric Soares and Ryan Bertrand, who all remain sidelined with injuries.
Black Cats counterpart Moyes still has a number of injured players in his squad and will be unable to call upon Sebastian Larsson, Fabio Borini, Vito Mannone, Jan Kirchhoff, Adnan Januzaj and Jason Denayer.