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  • 4 March 2012
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  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
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Newcastle - Sunderland Preview: Hosts aiming for Tyne-Wear derby double this season

Alan Pardew's men are looking to follow up their 1-0 victory at the Stadium of Light in August - watch it live on ESPN this Sunday from 11am

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS
NEWCASTLE


Krul
Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon
Taylor, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez
Ba, Cisse
SUNDERLAND


Mignolet
Gardner, Turner, O'Shea,
Richardson
Larsson, Cattermole, Colback, McClean
Sessegnon, Campbell

Newcastle are hopeful that Papiss Cisse can start up front alongside Senegalese strike partner Demba Ba, despite having been substituted in last week's draw with Wolves after picking up a groin strain.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew has no suspended players for the derby clash and, with only long-term absentees such as Leon Best, Sammy Ameobi and Steven Taylor currently troubling the Newcastle treatment table, the home side will go into the game with near-enough their strongest possible XI.

Sunderland are also relatively injury-free at present but are sweating over the fitness of Phil Bardsley after the right-back withdrew from Scotland's squad to face Slovenia in midweek.

The derby could see a return for David Vaughan to the midfield however, though the former Crewe man is more likely to start on the bench after having spent just over a month out with an ankle knock.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Newcastle have lost only one of the last 14 Tyne-Wear derbies.
  • However, the Magpies haven't been able to secure consecutive wins over Sunderland in the same season since the 2005-06 campaign.
  • If Pardew's men were to grab victory in Sunday's clash, it would be the club's 10th derby double over their neighbours. Sunderland have achieved the feat six times.
  • The first competitive Tyne-Wear derby took place in the FA Cup in 1888, with Sunderland emerging as 2-0 victors.
  • The Stadium of Light outfit have lost just three games in the Premier League since Martin O'Neill replaced Steve Bruce as manager, picking up 22 points from a possible 36.
  • The Mackems have failed to keep a clean sheet against their rivals in 23 games.
  • Newcastle legend Jimmy Lawrence has made more Tyne-Wear derby appearances than any other player (27), but it is former Sunderland man George Holley who has scored the most amount of goals in the clash (22).
  • Both teams have players within their squads who have crossed the Tyne-Wear divide, with Newcastle man Danny Simpson having played on loan at Sunderland in 2007, and Black Cats defender Titus Bramble having spent five years as a Magpie.
  • Sunderland haven't won in Newcastle since their 2-1 victory on November 18, 2000.

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Available Squads
1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
25Danny SimpsonDefender
6Mike WilliamsonDefender
2Fabricio ColocciniDefender
3Davide SantonDefender
16Ryan TaylorDefender
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
24Cheikh TioteMidfielder
15Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
9Demba BaStriker
9Papiss CisséStriker
21Rob ElliotGoalkeeper
14James PerchMidfielder
35Danny GuthrieMidfielder
10Hatem Ben ArfaMidfielder
-Peter LovenkrandsStriker
23Shola AmeobiStriker
25Gabriel ObertanStriker
22Simon MignoletGoalkeeper
2Phil BardsleyDefender
16John O'SheaDefender
6Michael TurnerDefender
15Kieran RichardsonMidfielder
7Sebastian LarssonMidfielder
33Lee CattermoleMidfielder
8Craig GardnerMidfielder
-James McCleanMidfielder
28Stéphane SessegnonMidfielder
17Nicklas BendtnerStriker
1Craig GordonGoalkeeper
3Wayne BridgeDefender
27Matthew Kilgallon Defender
14Jack ColbackMidfielder
-David VaughanMidfielder
7David MeylerMidfielder
25Fraizer CampbellStriker
Players to Watch
Yohan Cabaye
Yohan Cabaye
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Frenchman has been a revelation since his summer move from Ligue 1 and has the ability to dictate the pace of high-pressure games such as the derby. If his team-mates provide him with enough service through the middle, Cabaye could pick Sunderland apart.
James McClean
James McClean
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Black Cats' not-so-secret weapon on the wing has emerged as the face of O'Neill's revolution at the Stadium of Light and will be buoyant after making his international debut for Ireland in midweek. The home side will no doubt be wary of his pace, whether they can stop him or not is a whole different issue entirely.
Prediction
Both sides had disappointing weekends last time out, as Newcastle through away a win against Wolves and Sunderland were hammered by Roy Hodgson's West Brom. As such, I expect a cagey opening but can see the hosts' superior quality in midfield eventually paying dividends and therefore predict a comfortable Magpies win.
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