Blackburn will aim to build on their win over Wolves when they welcome Sunderland to Ewood Park. Rovers' second win in four Premier League games, a vital 2-0 success at Molineaux, helped them climb up to 16th in the table - their highest position since September 17. Sunderland’s 1-0 victory over Liverpool last time out signalled a return to winning ways after two defeats and a draw. The Black Cats will be buoyed by recent success against Rovers as they have been unbeaten in their last seven Premier League meetings, a run stretching back to 2008.
• Blackburn haven't won back to back league games since November 2010.
• Sunderland have lost three of the four league games that have come immediately after FA Cup ties this season.
Following the victory over Wolves, Steve Kean will look to keep a similar starting lineup. The Rovers boss goes into this crucial encounter with an almost fully fit squad after Bradley Orr and David Dunn recovered from hamstring and achilles injuries respectively.
Saturday's FA Cup goal scorer Phil Bardsley is struggling to be fit for the trip, after picking up a rib injury at the weekend. Stephane Sessegnon and Lee Cattermole remain suspended, while Kieran Richardson is out with a calf injury.
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S Mignolet • J O'Shea, S Kyrgiakos, M Turner, W Bridge • S Larsson, C Gardner, J Colback, D Vaughan, J McClean • N Bendtner