Newcastle starting XI: Alnwick, Janmaat, Coloccini, S. Taylor, Dummett, Sissoko, Colback, Tiote, Gouffran, Perez, Ameobi
Newcastle subs: Woodman, Haidara, Williamson, Cabella, Armstrong, Riviere, Cisse
Sunderland starting XI: Pantilimon, Reveillere, O'Shea, Vergini, Brown, Cattermole, Larsson, Gomez, Johnson, Wickham, Fletcher
Sunderland subs: Mannone, Bridcutt, Rodwell, Altidore, Alvarez, Coates, Buckley
Sunderland are undefeated in their last five league meetings with today's visitors winning the last two Tyne-Wear derbies at this ground 3-0.
Could they make it a hat-trick? It is certainly possible although this Newcastle side are a different proposition and Alan Pardew will want to get another victory under his belt prior to Christmas.
Newcastle’s recent home form has been brilliant and there is a good chance that could continue this weekend, except of course that when it comes to these matches, anything can happen.