Preview: Sunderland v Hull City

Premier League strugglers Sunderland will look to register only their second victory of the season when they host Hull City at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

The home side grabbed their first win of the season prior to the international break when goals by Victor Anichebe and Jermain Defoe condemned Bournemouth to a 2-1 defeat at the Vitality Stadium.

Despite the victory, the Black Cats languish at the bottom of the table, level on points with Swansea after collecting a mere five points of a possible 33.

The visitors head into the encounter on the back of an impressive 2-1 victory over Southampton at the KCOM Stadium and will look to garner maximum points in a bid to move away from the relegation zone. Mike Phelan's charges occupy 18th position in the latest league standings and are five points ahead of Sunderland.

The injury woes that have plagued David Moyes' charges' this season seem to be finally eased as a number of players are set to do duty after returning from respective injuries.

Paddy McNair, Jack Rodwell, Jan Kirchoff and Lee Cattlemore could all feature against Phelan's side, whilst Fabio Borini is still sidelined with a groin injury and Steven Pienaar is serving suspension after picking up two yellow cards in the victory against Bournemouth.

The Tigers have a long list of causalities, with midfielder Will Keane being the latest victim to suffer after sustaining damaged ligaments in the knee during the victory over the Saints, while Abel Hernandez, Andrew Robertson, Greg Luer and Alex Bruce are all long-term injuries.

Adama Diomane will also be unavailable, as he misses his final game of a three match suspension for violent conduct. Shaun Maloney will also play no part in the encounter as he continues his journey to recovery from a back injury.

Despite the long list of injured first-team members, Phelan is adamant that his side can travel to the Stadium of Light and put in a solid performance.

"We're looking for a performance away from home.

"We've got enough players within this group to take to Sunderland to perform at the level I expect.

"They're training well and they're buoyant and so they should be.

"They showed a lot of character," he said.

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