Swansea remain without injured pair Ki Sung-yueng and Federico Fernandez, who are both nursing broken toes.
Fernando Llorente is among the players in contention for a recall following the abject 5-0 defeat by Tottenham.
Sunderland will be forced into at least one change because Duncan Watmore has been ruled out for the rest of the season with cruciate ligament damage.
Fabio Borini is likely to be in the squad for the first time since sustaining a thigh injury in August.
Jason Denayer and Steven Pienaar are expected to recover from illness and concussion respectively to retain their places in the side.
Alistair Mann: “When those marvellous clichés ‘six pointer’ and ‘cup final’ are uttered ahead of a league match in early December you just know someone’s in big trouble!
“That someone appears to be Swansea’s Bob Bradley, whose future, despite being the newest managerial appointment in the Premier League, is already under intensive scrutiny.
“He can ill afford as pitiful a display as in the crushing defeat at Spurs last week.
“It wasn’t that long ago that David Moyes was the man apparently leading the sack race, yet three wins in four matches demonstrate how quickly opinions can be altered.
“Only two weeks ago, Bradley presided over a stunning 5-4 win over Crystal Palace. He’ll happily settle for an uneventful 1-0 victory this time around.”
Swansea City manager Bob Bradley: “We all know how big this match is, our version of a cup final. We’ve had a few of those already, but it feels like the biggest one.
“We have to defend better in all areas. We’re not going to survive if we continue to concede that number of goals.
“We can use a defender [in the January transfer window], a guy we can count on week in and week out, and we need players who can hit the ground running and make an impact.”
Sunderland manager David Moyes: “We’ve been in the wrong position for a long time this year.
“Can we go away and finish mid-table? At the moment we’ve not won enough games but I’ve been saying for a few weeks win one, win two, win three…now let’s win four.
“Let’s get this one won and see what we can do.”
I actually think Sunderland’s priority will be not to lose this game, because they are back to square one a bit if they do.
A draw would keep their good run going before they play leaders Chelsea on Wednesday.
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