Sunderland travel to Vale Park this weekend to face Port Vale in the first round of the FA Cup, the first meeting between the two sides since 1998.

Jack Ross will be hoping his side can progress to the next round, as they compete in the first round proper for the first time since 1987.

The Black Cats will be looking to continue their recent form and make it seven wins on the bounce in all competitions, following their 2-0 win away to Plymouth Argyle.

The Valiants will go into the game high on confidence, looking to continue their four-game unbeaten run against a tough Sunderland side.

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The Wearsiders will be given a boost ahead of the game against Port Vale as Max Power returns to the squad after a four-match suspension.

Duncan Watmore remains out with injury but is slowly regaining fitness after taking part in a behind closed doors friendly during the week.

Denver Hume, Charlie Wyke and Ethan Robson are all ruled out through injury.

Prediction: Port Vale 0-3 Sunderland

Even though Jack Ross will likely ring the changes ahead of the game, Sunderland’s squad is more than capable of producing a comfortable win.

Port Vale will be no pushovers, however, the strength in depth that the Black Cats have should be enough to send them through to the next round.