To the surprise of practically no one, Paolo Di Canio's reign at the Stadium of Light ended in tears after Sunderland's 3-0 defeat away at West Brom last weekend. They're rooted to the foot of the table on just one point, and are the only team in the division yet to win a match.
Worse could follow for the unlucky Black Cats, who host Liverpool on Sunday. Brendan Rodgers' team have been impressive so far this season, and welcome star striker Luis Suárez back this weekend after the expiry of his long suspension. However, they haven't won in their last couple of league games, offering a thin sliver of hope for Sunderland caretaker manager Kevin Ball.
He'll be unable to select defenders Phil Bardsley and Wes Brown through injury, while Andrea Dossena and Steven Fletcher are both in doubt. For Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho, Aly Cissokho, Sebastián Coates and Glen Johnson are all definitely out, though Daniel Agger and Joe Allen could return.
Sunderland injuries and suspensions
Out: Phil Bardsley (ankle), Wes Brown (knee). In doubt: Andrea Dossena (thigh), Steven Fletcher (shoulder).
Liverpool injuries and suspensions
Out: Philippe Coutinho (shoulder), Aly Cissokho (ankle), Sebastián Coates (knee), Glen Johnson (ankle). In doubt: Daniel Agger (ribs), Joe Allen (hamstring).
Match Date/Time: Sunday, 4 p.m. local, 11 a.m. ET
Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England
TV: NBC Sports Network, DirecTV (U.S.), TSN2 (Canada), Sky Sports 1/HD (U.K.)