Dick Advocaat has made three changes to the Sunderland team that lost 3-0 against Manchester United.
The West Ham lineup is unchanged.
Sunderland starting XI:
Pantilimon; Jones, Yedlin, Coates, O’Shea; Cattermole, M’Vila, Toivonen, Lens Borini; Fletcher.
West Ham starting XI:
Adrian; Jenkinson, Reid, Tomkins, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Moses, Payet, Lanzini; Sakho.
In around three hours the first Rugby World Cup game in Newcastle kicks off.
Tens of thousands of fans have converged on the city, and police say the atmosphere has been great so far.
Trains carrying Rugby World Cup fans north to Newcastle have been delayed by up to 40 minutes, because there are horses on the line.
The animals are on the line between Durham and Darlington, and the disruption is likely to continue until at least 2pm.
Virgin Trains has tweeted that the issue affecting East Coast services will "hopefully be cleared up soon".
Their side may have had a shaky start to the Rugby World Cup, but South Africa's fans go into today's match against Scotland with their trademark confidence.
The Fanzone in Newcastle is already filling up, ahead of the game at St James' Park this afternoon:
When it comes to rugby Scotland never shy away from a challenge, and they face a tough test against South Africa today.
The team will be spurred on by thousands of Scotland fans, who have converged on Newcastle in confident spirit:
Thousands of rugby fans are expected at the Conversion Festival in Newcastle city centre today.
Live music and street entertainment will be spread throughout the area, and will reflect the Scotland and South Africa teams that are battling it out today.
A street food market is also there, with around 30 local traders offering the best the North East has to offer.
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Middlesbrough fans heading to their side's Championship game against Reading today should expect delays.
Cleveland Police are warning the M4 is closed between Junction 12 and Junction 13, to the west of Reading.
They say there will be considerable delays for the foreseeable future.
They're advising people to stay on the M40 and approach Reading from the east.
The Rugby World Cup will bring five teams to Newcastle - Scotland, South Africa, New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga.
Supporters have begun arriving from all over the world, bringing with them their passion for rugby.
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