Sunderland v Newcastle [Team Sheets]
Sunderland: Pantilimon, Yedlin, Jones, O’Shea, Kaboul, Cattermole, M’Vila, Toivonen, Johnson, Lens, Fletcher.
Subs: Mannone, PVA, Coates, Larsson, Gomez, Defoe, Watmore.
Newcastle: Elliot; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett; Colback, Tiote, Sissoko; Wijnaldum, Perez, Mitrović.
Subs: Woodman, Anita, Cisse, De Jong, Lascelles, Haidara, Thauvin.
According to the old cliche sometimes the form book gets thrown out the window, and the Wear-Tyne derby could well be one of those occasions.
Sunderland come into the game rock bottom of the Premier League and five points from safety, and yet the Wearsiders will be pumped to face bitter rivals Newcastle.
Sunderland love this fixture. They love it so much they beaten Newcastle in their last five matches, with an aggregate score of 8-1.
Newcastle have in fact only won one of the last nine matches with the Black Cats, and that lone victory came back in 2011.
But the Magpies will also fancy their chances of finally breaking that hoodoo. Why not, especially after they just stuck six past Norwich for their first win of the season.
Everyone will be looking at Ggeorginio Wijnaldum to see what he does after his four goal haul, while Aleksandar Mitrović and Ayoze Perez offer more threat for the visitors up front.
As for the hosts, if Lee Cattermole and Yann M’Vila can assert themselves in midfield the fans will get behind their team, and chances could fall to Jeremain Lens or Steven Fletcher to mop up.
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