Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill handed the 11 men who won away at Manchester United on Saturday the chance to follow up the feat at Sunderland.
Full-back Stephen Warnock recovered from the neck injury he picked up at Old Trafford to take his place in an unchanged side.
Steve Bruce made only one change to the Sunderland team which conceded a last-gasp equaliser against Portsmouth on Saturday as Kieran Richardson returned from suspension in place of Fraizer Campbell.
But there was also a surprise place on the bench for midfielder Lee Cattermole, who has been out since October 17 with a medial ligament injury.
Sunderland: Fulop, Nosworthy, Turner, Da Silva, McCartney, Henderson, Cana, Richardson, Reid, Bent, Jones.
Subs: Carson, Bardsley, Malbranque, Campbell, Mensah, Healy, Cattermole.
Aston Villa: Friedel, Luke Young, Cuellar, Dunne, Warnock, Ashley Young, Petrov, Milner, Downing, Heskey, Agbonlahor.
Subs: Guzan, Sidwell, Carew, Delph, Reo-Coker, Beye, Collins.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)