Nolan knows Martin O'Neill's men will provide a similar stern test, but will be aiming to continue his own good run of form against them, which includes the equalising goal in the 1-1 draw the teams played out at the Boleyn Ground back in November.
He told whufc.com: "We're looking forward to playing Sunderland. I myself have had some good times scoring against them. I scored at home here at the Boleyn Ground for West Ham earlier this season and during my Newcastle days, scored a hat-trick against them and had some good results. So hopefully that will continue.
"It will be a tough match. It is never an easy game for anyone at the Stadium of Light, but we are delighted with how we have started the year. That included the win over Norwich on New Year's Day and then against Manchester United on Saturday, when we were not far away from winning. We have a few more bodies and injured players hopefully on the way back, so that will be good."