Predicted Newcastle United and Sunderland line-ups

Match to be played on Sunday 21st December 2014 at 13:30. Venue: St. James' Park, Newcastle.

Newcastle United will be looking to return to winning ways on Sunday when they take on Sunderland in the Tyne–Wear derby.

The Magpies will head into the Premier League encounter on the back of a 4-0 hammering at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur away from home in the quarter-finals of the League Cup on Wednesday.

Alan Pardew’s Newcastle are currently eighth in the league table with 23 points from 16 matches, five points behind fourth-placed West Ham United.

Meanwhile, Sunderland are once again fighting for survival and find themselves just two points above the relegation zone in 16th.

Gus Poyet’s side have not won a competitive match since November 3 and drew their last league fixture 1-1 with West Ham United at the Stadium of Light.

Predicted line-ups:

Newcastle United: Alnwick; Janmaat, S. Taylor, Coloccini, Dummett; Tiote, Sissoko, Colback; Perez, Cisse, Ameobi

Sunderland: Pantilimon; Vergini, O’Shea, Brown, Reveillere; Cattermole; Johnson, Larsson, Gomez, Wickham; Fletcher

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