Sunderland take on Newcastle at the Stadium of Light on Sunday 27th October at 13:30
Odds: Sunderland 9/5, Draw 12/5, Newcastle 17/10
Last season 1-1
Gus Poyet was given a bit of a baptism of fire last week as there has been no real honeymoon period since he took the job. Sunderland remain rooted to the bottom of the table with only one point from eight games after their 4-0 defeat to Swansea at the Liberty Stadium last week. The performance last week even led to one national newspaper to label the majority of players ‘gutless’ in their player ratings. Poyet and the fans will be looking for a good response.
Newcastle seem to be going along quite nicely at the moment having recently held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw at St James’ Park despite playing with ten men for just over a half after Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was sent off for a professional foul, meaning he will miss out. The Magpies have taken 11 points from eight games meaning they lie in a solid tenth place.
On the injury front, Sunderland seem to have only one man absent in Wes Brown with a calf injury whilst Newcastle have problems at the back with doubts over Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor – who was in line to return to the squad last week.
Craig Gardner and Emanuele Giaccherini are Sunderland’s top scorers in the league this season with two goals each.
Loic Remy is Newcastle’s top scorer in the league this season with five goals.
Sunderland’s last six: Won 0, Drawn 0, Lost 6
Newcastle last six: Won 3, Drawn 1, Lost 2
Sunderland’s home form: Played 4, Won 0, Drawn 0, Lost 4, Goals For 3, Goals Against 9.
Newcastle’s away form: Played 4, Won 2, Drawn 0, Lost 2, Goals For 6, Goals Against 9.
Sunderland had 36% possession in their last league match, a 4-0 away defeat at Swansea.
Newcastle had 38% in their last match, a 2-2 draw at home to Liverpool.
Five players to watch
Newcastle’s top scorer so far this season and has scored on his last two away outings. Can he strike again against Sunderland and heap more misery on Sunderland and bring joy to the Toon?
Derby matches are always pretty feisty, and Cattermole is a player who certainly isn’t afraid to put his foot in. Expect him to be right in the thick of the action.
Cabaye is the man that keeps things ticking over for Newcastle in the middle of the park. Sunderland will want to try and keep the Frenchman quiet but that won’t be an easy task. If he’s at his best, it could be a long afternoon for the home side.
Newcastle may be a little short at the heart of defence for this game, but Paul Dummett came in and did a good job – as well as grabbing a goal – against Liverpool. Could manager Alan Pardew call on him again?
If Sunderland are going to win, then a lot of people will be putting their money on this man starting to fire. Sunderland are desperate for a win and the will be a lot of pressure on their most recognised striker to hit the target if he gets the service.
Last time they met
Newcastle 0-3 Sunderland – Premier League April 2013
It was the highlight of the brief Paulo Di Canio era at Sunderland as the then new boss got his first win in charge. Stephane Sessegnon gave Sunderland the lead just before the half hour mark and the scoreline remained 1-0 until two powerful left-footed strikes – from Adam Johnson and David Vaughan – in the space of ten minutes sealed the victory and invited Di Canio to slide on his knees. For Sunderland, the result moved them away from the drop zone, whilst Newcastle were plunged into a relegation battle.
image: © Ronnie Macdonald