Liverpool visit Craven Cottage tonight, with Kenny Dalglish's side looking for a club record equalling seventh consecutive away victory.
Jay Spearing is expected to start in place of the injured Lucas, while Maxi Rodriguez will be hoping his form has earned him a start.
New Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has pledged to achieve success with the Black Cats - starting with Sunday's fixture against Blackburn.
Manchester City and Manchester United are set to clash in the FA Cup third Round after the bitter rivals were drawn to play each other.
Today's transfer news sees reports Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to sell Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
Liverpool may bid for Nicolas Anelka after Andre Villas-Boas revealed Chelsea have accepted a transfer request.
Chelsea are said to be preparing another bid for Luka Modric - and could offer Frank Lampard in any deal.
AC Milan are ready to offer Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato in exchange for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez.
Arsene Wenger could offer £25m, plus Andrey Arshavin and Nicklas Bendter as he bids to lure Mario Gotze to the Emirates Stadium.