Wijnaldum, Elliot and Coloccini will be vital for Newcastle against Sunderland

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Newcastle United and Sunderland go head-to-head this weekend.

Newcastle United finally got their first league win of the season in dramatic fashion last weekend when they overcame Norwich City 6-2 in what was truly a Super Sunday.

The victory means the Magpies could climb out of the bottom three if they beat Sunderland and other results go their way this weekend, and here we take a look at three Newcastle players who will be key to any potential victory:

Georginio Wijnaldum

After his four goals against Norwich there was no way Georginio Wijnaldum would not make this list.

The attacking midfielder was sensational and he has proved to be Newcastle’s most likely in front of goal this season, so what chance him popping up with a winner to make him even more of a hero at St James’ Park?

Fabricio Coloccini

Newcastle’s defence will come under plenty of pressure in the derby and the experience of Fabricio Coloccini will be vital.

This will be Chancel Mbemba’s first match against Sunderland and Coloccini will be talking him through it every step of the way.

Rob Elliot

With Tim Krul side-lined for the season, the pressure is now on fellow Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot to perform consistently.

In a match that could be decided by a single goal, Elliot will have to be focused throughout.

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