Carlisle and Sunderland face off in the League Cup second round in an explosive tie at the Brunton Park on Tuesday.
The fourth tier hosts will look to get a result against a side which has dropped into the championship after years in the top flight. They thus are aware that they are underdogs against a wounded lion, and will approach this match with the respect it deserves. They are likely to employ a defensive approach, with just one striker-Shaun Miller- sticking upfront.
The Black Cats come into this on the back of a Saturday meeting with Leeds United as Simon Grayson looks to establish himself as manager. This is an opportune tie for them to be dominant, and they are likely to attack from the start. Idrahim Ndong in midfield will be a key figure in their midfield, pairing with Wahbi Khazri to provide the link between the back and the attack. Jack Rodwell will play ahead of them in the creative role.