Sunderland continue to slip further down the table and cannot seem to buy a win at the minute. They need to return to winning ways to enter the promotion playoffs with at least a little bit of momentum.
Plymouth Argyle, on the other hand, have nothing other than pride left to play for.
They sit 18th in the league, with 53 points from 44 matches. They don't need to worry about a relegation scrap, nor can they attempt a late playoff push.
However, they are unlikely to indulge in any kind of philanthropy, so Sunderland will need to up their game to get maximum points from this fixture.
Plymouth Argyle vs Sunderland head-to-head
Visitors Sunderland have a favorable record against Plymouth Argyle, winning 17 matches and drawing four of the 30 games the pair have played.
However, Plymouth Argyle who emerged victorious the last time the two teams met. Scoring twice from just three shots, Plymouth Argyle shocked Sunderland 2-1 at the Stadium of Light back in January.
Plymouth Argyle form guie: L-L-D-L-L
Sunderland form guide: L-D-D-L-L
Plymouth Argyle vs Sunderland team news
Defender Will Aimson could be back in time to face Sunderland, and that would be a huge boost for the Pilgrims. In his absence, a hugely inexperienced defense has shipped nine goals in the last two games. Midfielder Conor Grant could also return.
Injuries: George Cooper
Doubtful: Will Aimson, Conor Grant
Lee Johnson has been hoping for a positive injury report for a long time now, and he may finally be getting it. Defender Connor McLaughlin is likely to return to first-team action this weekend. That news comes at the right time considering the Mackems' lack of options at the back.
Injuries: Tom Flanagan, Jordan Willis, Arbenit Xhemajli
Plymouth Argyle vs Sunderland predicted XI
Plymouth Argyle predicted XI (4-4-2): Michael Cooper; Ryan Law; Jerome Opoku; Will Aimson; Joe Edwards; Danny Mayor; Tyrese Fornah; Conor Grant; Byron Moore; Niall Ennis; Luke Jephcott
Sunderland predicted XI (4-2-2-2): Lee Burge; Max Power; Luke O'Nien; Bailey Wright; Connor McLaughlin; Josh Scowen; Grant Leadbitter; Aiden McGeady; Lynden Gooch; Aiden O'Brien; Charlie Wyke
Plymouth Argyle vs Sunderland prediction
The Pilgrims have really struggled to contain offenses of late. While the return of Will Aimson is timely, it might not be enough to improve things overnight.
Sunderland have been out of touch offensively, but they have been a little unlucky too. There is enough evidence to suggest they may find their goalscoring form this weekend, which should propel them to all three points, at long last.
Prediction: Plymouth Argyle 1-3 Sunderland