The full Sunderland schedule can be found via the team's website. Here are the must-see matches.
at Arsenal, Saturday, August 18
The season opener is always an important match, but Sunderland will have the opportunity to knock off one the Premier League's best teams in their first outing.
In all likelihood, the Black Cats will not be able to earn points in this match, but a victory or even a tie could light a spark that fuels the team for the next several games.
Sunderland did defeat the Gunners in the FA Cup last season, and Martin O'Neill will have a blueprint for how to attack Arsene Wenger's side. If the team can execute his plan successfully, this will be a fantastic way to start the season.
at Manchester United, Saturday, December 15
It is possible that three of the four defenders for Sunderland in this match will be former Manchester United Players.
John O'Shea, Wes Brown and Kieran Richardson all spent several seasons with the Red Devils. This will be a strange day for them as they head to the visitor's locker room at Old Trafford.
Their time practicing against United's potent attackers may give them a better chance to keep player's like Wayne Rooney out of the back of the net. This is another match with the potential to be a signature win for Sunderland.
at Newcastle, Saturday, April 13
The second leg of the Tyne-Wear derby will be of vital importance for Sunderland due to its place in the schedule.
The Black Cats will have just five league matches remaining after the whistle blows in this game, and a victory could set the tone for how they finish the season. A strong performance in the final month of the year could give the team its best finish in recent memory.
This will likely be a chippy affair, and if the squad can prevail over its rivals, it will be in excellent position to jump up a few spots on the table.