Tony Mowbray makes four changes to his side that drew with Hull City in the Sky Bet Championship on Good Friday.
Defender Dennis Cirkin has fully recovered from a concussion injury and returns to starting line-up for the first time since February replacing Luke O’Nien.
Alex Pritchard, Pierre Ekwah, and Abdoullah Ba all start with Patrick Roberts, Joe Gelhardt and Edouard Michut dropping to the bench. Dan Ballard remains out.
Corry Evans, Ross Stewart, Elliot Embleton, Aji Alese and Jewison Bennette are all sidelined for the remainder of the season.
Cardiff City XI: Allsop, McGuinness, Ng, Kipre, Romeo, Ojo, Sawyers, Wintle ©, Philogene, Wickham, Kaba.
Substitutes: Alnwick, Simpson, Rinomhota, Ralls, Harris, Davies, Etete.
Sunderland XI: Patterson, Gooch, Batth ©, Hume, Cirkin, Neil, Ekwah, Pritchard, Ba, Amad, Clarke.
Substitutes: Bass, Michut, Lihadji, Gelhardt, Roberts, Anderson, Taylor.