A furious battle expected…

Last updated: March 17, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 1:30pm
Venue: St. James’ Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLLWL
Away form: DDLWD
Last season: 0-1
Competition: The Premier League

The rivalry between Newcastle United and Sunderland dates back more than a hundred years. There have been 119 games between these two teams. The stats are quite equal, but Newcastle United have the advantage – The Magpies have won 4 more games than The Black Cats (44). Now, both teams are involved in the relegation battle and it will be interesting to see who will stay in The Premier League.

The Magpies have recently appointed Rafael Benitez as their manager and the Spaniard said in an interview that he is not stressed about the current position of the team. He also said that he knows exactly what to do, in order to avoid relegation. Moreover, despite Newcastle United losing their last match against Leicester City, The Magpies showed a completely different performance. They played more courageously and created several goal-scoring chances.

On the other hand, Sunderland have lost only 1 of their last 5 Premier League matches. The Black Cats have become more consistent and have improved their performance in defence, which is the most important thing for a team in their situation.

Team News

Lee Cattermole has a concussion. So, the midfielder will surely be sidelined for The Black Cats. Cattermole has recorded 23 appearances this season.

Duncan Watmore and Jeremain Lens are the other injured players for Sunderland. Watmore is suffering from an ankle injury.

The key defender for The Magpies – Fabricio Coloccini is suffering from a calf muscle strain and won’t take part in the most important game for his team.

6 more players are on Newcastle’s injury list. Benitez can’t use Tim Krul, Papiss Cisse, Ivan Toney, Chancel Mbemba and Massadio Haidara.

Expected line-ups:

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Elliot, Dummett, Janmaat, Taylor, Lascelles, Colback, Shelvey, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Townsend, Mitrovic
Subs Saivet, Doumbia, Darlow, Ayoze, Tiote, Aarons, Riviere.
Injured: Mbabu, Krul, Haïdara, Cisse, Mbemba, Coloccini, Toney.
Not available:
Sunderland (4-1-4-1): Mannone, Kone, Yedlin, O’Shea, van Aanholt, Kirchhoff, Rodwell, M’Vila, Khazri, Borini, Defoe.
Subs Mandron, Toivonen, Larsson, Kaboul, Pickford, Jones, N’Doye.
Injured: Lens, Watmore, Cattermole.
Not available:

So far this season

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Newcastle this season Sunderland this season
19 League Position 17
4 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 4 (2)
6-2 vs. Norwich Biggest win 3-0 vs. Newcastle
5 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (3)
5 (12) (at home) Losses (away) 6 (10)
1-6 to Man City Biggest Defeat 2-6 to Everton
Wijnaldum (9) Top scorer Defoe (11)
Sissoko (5) Assist Leader Johnson (5)
Y46, R4 Discipline Y50, R2
13 Failures to score 9
5 Clean Sheets 3
13 Both Teams to Score Games 17
15 Over 2.5 Games 16
14 Under 2.5 Games 13
  • The Magpies have lost 6 of their last 7 Premier League games. They are on a run of 4 consecutive defeats in The Premiership.
  • Sunderland have won only 2 of 15 matches away from The Stadium of Light this season. The Black Cats have lost 10 of these games.
  • The last time Sunderland kept a clean sheet was 5 months ago (2-0 vs. Stoke City). Only 3 occasions this season The Black Cats haven’t conceded a goal.
  • Both teams have conceded 54 goals in 29 games. Sunderland are lying in 17th position, while Newcastle United are 19th – just one point below their opponents.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
25/10/15 The Premier League Sunderland 3-0 Newcastle A. Johnson (PG) 45′
05/04/15 The Premier League Sunderland 1-0 Newcastle J. Defoe 45′
21/12/14 The Premier League Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland A. Johnson 90′
01/02/14 The Premier League Newcastle 0-3 Sunderland F. Borini (PG) 19′
27/10/13 The Premier League Sunderland 2-1 Newcastle S. Fletcher 5′