Sunderland gained an important draw against Liverpool in latest minutes of last round of Premier, but their situation remain very bad with the third from bottom position and only two points over last on table Hull.
So, i don't think this Cup should be considered a priority and situation is also complicated by many misisngs for them. Denayer ( def.9+2) could return available, but remain out Anichebe ( att.8+2 3g), regular keeper Pickford, Kirchoff ( midf.5+2), McNair ( midf.5+4), Watmore ( midf.11+3), Cattermole ( midf.2), Gooch ( midf.4+5).
Plus Konè ( def.17), Ndong ( midf.14+2), Kazhri ( midf.4+7) are gone with NTeams for Africa's Cup.
Burnley wasn't able to win and was defeated against man City that played in ten men for most part of match in last round of Premier, but in previous one trashed 4-1 Sunderland at home.
Guests have no a great recent run, six defeats in nine matches, but met, among otehrs, City anotehr time, Tottenham and high flying WBA. They could do a bit of turnover, but without massive changes, probably in goal regular Heaton will be replaced. But they are in a quite middle table position that should permit them to approach this match with the will to win.
Massive absences and situation in Premier for hosts should be a gap for Sunderland in spite of words of trainer that says he consider the cup match a very important match and want pass to next round
picks: Burney asian +0