Sunderland v Newcastle predicted lineups and match preview

Sunderland and Newcastle lock horns this afternoon.

To be played on Sunday 25th October 2015 at 12:00. Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland

Odds: Sunderland 13/8, Draw 9/4, Newcastle 15/8

Sunderland and Newcastle meet in the latest Tyne-Wear derby this afternoon, with both sides struggling this term.

Hosts Sunderland have appointed new manager Sam Allardyce, but he started his reign with a 1-0 defeat away at West Brom last weekend.

Now, Allardyce faces former club Newcastle, and will be able to welcome back winger Jeremain Lens from suspension - a major boost given his pace and quality on the ball.

Steven Fletcher's fine recent form is likely to keep him in the side at the expense of Jermain Defoe, and the Scot is likely to lead the line on his own today as Sunderland search for their first win of the season.

Meanwhile, visitors Newcastle had made a torrid start to the campaign, but last weekend's 6-2 win over Norwich City has given the Magpies a renewed lease of life ahead of the derby.

Manager Steve McClaren is unlikely to tinker too much with his team, with goalkeeper Tim Krul still missing through injury.

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez will be hoping to continue their promising partnership, whilst last week's four-goal hero Georginio Wijnaldum will certainly be relied upon again today.

Sunderland predicted lineup

  • Costel Pantilimon
  • Billy Jones
  • Younes Kaboul
  • John O'Shea
  • DeAndre Yedlin
  • Lee Cattermole
  • Yann M'Vila
  • Fabio Borini
  • Steven Fletcher
  • Jeremain Lens
  • Ola Toivonen

Newcastle predicted lineup

  • Robert Elliot
  • Fabricio Coloccini
  • Paul Dummett
  • Daryl Janmaat
  • Chancel Mbemba
  • Jack Colback
  • Moussa Sissoko
  • Cheick Tioté
  • Georginio Wijnaldum
  • Ayoze Pérez
  • Aleksandar Mitrovic

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