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Special Match Preview: Sunderland AFC Vs Newcastle United

A special match preview of this Sunday's Wear-Tyne derby.

Prior to Sunday 14th April 2013, I'd only seen my beloved Sunderland beat our rivals 4 times in my entire lifetime. I tended to view derbies with nothing but dread. But that Sunday at a gloomy, depressing St James' Park something beautiful occurred. Sprouting out of that washed out, bleak, gray, lopsided, hell hole something colourful bloomed. A dawning of a new era. The birth of a new period of dominance. A gift that would keeping giving derby upon derby.

A defeat wouldn't be the end of the world which ever way I look at it, nothing lasts forever and they're due a derby win. It will take more than three points to erase the prolonged nightmare from the minds of the great unwashed from the dark side. From a points perspective I remain unworried too. With plenty to play for, this early season derby lacks the pressure that the reverse fixture could bestow on us, should we find ourselves in the danger zone come March of course. That's not say that defeat wouldn't damage us, far from it, the sooner we get that first win on the board the better.

It's with this in mind I look forward to Sunday's derby without showing fear. Nerves can transfer to the players after all so lets channel them to our finger tips, It's a day to stand proud and blow the roof off the Stadium of Light. It's also the chance set records and to kick start our season. There's more to gain than lose but don't expect to keep your fingernails.

Match Appointments
Referee: Robert Madley
Assistants: D Bryan & J Brooks
Fourth Official: M Dean

Sunderland Team News
Ola Toivonen, Jack Rodwell and Duncan Watmore are all major doubts while Fabio Borini faces a late fitness test. Sebastian Coates and Jeremain Lens are both available after serving a 1 match suspension.

Newcastle Team News
Shteeve may stick with the same side which beat Norwich. Rolando Arrons and Kevin Mbabu are back in training and should be available for selection. Tim Krul is out.

Last 5ive meetings
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Sunday 14 April 2013 | St. James' Park | Referee: Howard Webb | Attendance 52,355
NEWCASTLE 0-3 SUNDERLAND

Stéphane Sessègnon(27)

Pardew gets the wrong Idea

Adam Johnson(74)

Paolo's knee slide

David Vaughan(82)

Paolo goes nuts again.

Consider the dummy spat

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Sunday 27 October 2013 | Stadium of Light | Referee: Lee Probert | Attendance 46,313
SUNDERLAND 2-1 NEWCASTLE

Steven Fletcher(5)

Mathieu Debuchy(57)

Fabio Borini (84)

Celebrations

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Saturday 1 February 2014 | St. James' Park | Referee: Phil Dowd | Attendance 52,280
NEWCASTLE 0-3 SUNDERLAND

Fabio Borini(19 Pen)

Gerrin!

Adam Johnson(23)

AJ runs a mock

Oh Dear!

Jack Colback(80)

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Sunday 21 December 2014 | St. James' Park | Referee: Anthony Taylor | Attendance 52,315
NEWCASTLE 1-0 SUNDERLAND

Smash!
and grab!
Adam Johnson(90)

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Sunday 5 April 2015 | Stadium of Light | Referee: Mike Dean | Attendance 47,563
SUNDERLAND 1-0 NEWCASTLE

Jermain Defoe(45+1)

The celebration

More trouble from guess who?

Party time!

Form

Sunderland
Sat 17th Oct
West Brom 1-0 Sunerland
Sat 3rd Oct
Sunderland 2-2 West Ham
Sat 26th Sep
Man Utd 3-0 Sunderland
Sat 19th Sep
Bournemouth 2-0 Sunderland
Sun 13th Sep
Sunderland 0-1 Tottenham
Sat 29th Aug
Aston Villa 2-2 Sunderland

Newcastle
Sun 18th Oct
Newcastle 6-2 Norwich
Sat 3rd Oct
Man City 6-1 Newcastle
Sat 26th Sept
Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea
Sat 19th Sept
Newcastle 1-2 Watford
Mon 14 Sept
West Ham 2-0 Newcastle
Sat 29th Aug
Newcastle 1-0 Arsenal

Last Corresponding Fixture

Some Satisfying Facts