Paulo Di Canio takes charge at the helm at the Stadium of Light as we bring you the latest Sunderland v Fulham odds as the Cottagers parade their new signing Darren Bent.
New look Sunderland will looking for an early season boost of three points when they welcome Fulham to the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has made 10 signing this summer and offloaded a number of stars as he looks to put on his stamp on the team.
The majority of those signed are expected to feature on Saturday with Vito Mannone tipped to start ahead of Keiren Westwood in goal and Emanuele Giaccherini tasked with providing the ammunition for USA striker Jozy Altidore.
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another new face Modibo Diakite is expected to start with Wes Brown ruled out with a knee complaint
Di Canio has warned new signings that they are in for a massive culture shock Saturday when they witness the passion of the Roker fans, telling the club’s official website “It was well known about the atmosphere in the north-east of England but once I moved here I was surprised a bit because I couldn’t imagine the passion of the people every day.
“It is something amazing. Everybody is talking about what reception they will have but in my opinion three or four players don’t understand exactly. It is something magic and will come as a positive surprise.
“We don’t have the history of Liverpool, Manchester United or Arsenal but in terms of potential we are a massive club. They (the players) are starting to realise the potential we have and what we can build for the future.”
Two of last season’s stalwarts, striker Steven Fletcher and Craig Gardner are out through injury and suspension.
Fulham meanwhile are sweating on the fitness of midfielder Alexander Kacaniklic because of a hamstring injury with back up goalkeeper David Stockdale struggling with a thumb problem.
First choice stopper Maarten Stekelenburg is set to make his debut while fellow signings Adel Taarabt and Darren Bent, signed on loan from QPR and Aston Villa respectively, could feature.
Bent, who spent 18 months in the North East prior to his move to Villa, may be more familiar to Sunderland fans than some of the players in red and white on show and with the player eager to put a frustrating 12 months behind him Rokerites will hope they are not on the receiving end.
Last season’s player of the year Sascha Riether has signed handed the club a further boost ahead of the big kick off by agreeing a new deal that will tie him to Craven Cottage until 2016.