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Sunderland Vs Newcastle United: Confirmed Lineups

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The teams are in for the Wear-Tyne derby, and here's how things shape up...

Nigel Roddis

Gus Poyet takes charge of his first derby and goes with one of the oddest team selections I've seen in the history of the club. Ki, Giaccherini and Celustka all find themselves on the bench, while Carlos Cuellar comes in for Valentin Roberge. Elsewhere, there's a debut for Andrea Dossena, who comes in at left back, with Phil Bardsley moving to the right full back position, while Jack Colback comes in for Craig Gardner. The final change sees Jozy Altidore return to the team, meaning it's two up front with him and Fletcher leading the line.

Sunderland (4-4-2): Keiren Westwood; Phil Bardsley, John O'Shea, Carlos Cuellar, Andrea Dossena; Adam Johnson, Lee Cattermole, Jack Colback, Seb Larsson; Jozy Altidore, Steven Fletcher

Substitutes: Vito Mannone, Ondrej Celustka, Valentin Roberge, Craig Gardner, Ki Sung-Yeung, Emanuele Giaccherini, Fabio Borini

Meanwhile Alan Pardew, a man who, if he wasn't a football manager, would spend his time perving on teenage girls in shit nightclubs, has made just one change to the side that drew 2-2 with Liverpool, with suspended Yanga-Mbiwa being replaced by last week's goal hero Paul Dummett. Steven Taylor is out of the team altogether, dropped for having shit craic.

Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul, Mathieu Debuchy, Paul Dummett, Mike Williamson, Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko; Yohan Goufrann, Hatem Ben Arfa, Loic Remy

Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Massada Haidara, Vernun Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse

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