EPL 2012-13: Sunderland vs Newcastle United Preview


Sunderland vs Newcastle United Preview
Sunderland, Oct 21: The North East derby is always remembered as a hostile meeting between Sunderland and Newcastle United. On Super Sunday, expect another exciting encounter at the Stadium of Light.

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Last season, when these two sides met in March, two red cards were flashed, eight bookings and managers Alan Pardew and Martin O'Niell had a go at one another.

Seperated by just two points, both teams will aim at three points, but the Black Cats have beaten the Tyneside only once in ten games.

O'Niell is confident about James McClean's return for the derby clash after shaking off a groin injury. Phil Bardsley could be in contention for a return after recovering from an ankle injry.

Newcastle could welcome back defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor while goalkeeper Tim Krul could return after missing out for more than a month with an elbow injury.


*Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi has scored seven goals in seven games against Sunderland.

*Four Sunderland players have been sent off in the past four meetings.

Probable Lineups

Sunderland (4-4-2): Mignolet-Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose-Johnson, Larsson, Colback, McClean-Sessegnon, Fletcher.

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Harper-Simpson, Coloccini, S Taylor, Santon-Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez-Cisse, Ba.

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