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Match Preview: Sunderland v Newcastle United - all you need to know ahead of kick-off!

It’s the big one, and it’s here at last - here’s all you need to know ahead of kick-off!

Oh, FA Cup. How we lust after you so much.

Saturday 6th January 2024

Sunderland v Newcastle United

FA Cup

Stadium of Light

Kick-Off: 12:45

Tickets & Match Coverage

Tickets: Tickets are sold out.

TV/Stream: Full live match coverage is available via ITV1.

Radio: Full live match commentary available via BBC Radio Newcastle (not online)

Don’t forget to follow the blow-by-blow account of the game on the Roker Report Twitter feed (@RokerReport) and check out the player ratings after the full-time whistle at!

The build-up...

It’s finally here...

Some will be nervous, some will consider it to be a free hit and others might just hide themselves away until it’s all over. For a start, we have to go back to 2011 for a defeat against Newcastle, since then we’ve gone nine unbeaten.

But, this is the first cup tie between the two sides since 1979, which came in the League Cup, and before that in major competition, we have the last time we met in the FA Cup in 1956. This came in at the quarter-final stage however, rather than today’s third round tie.

Being a cup tie we could argue that form goes out of the window, but we currently boast the 7th best home record with eight wins and five defeats from the 13 league games played at the Stadium of Light so far, but no draws on the board might suggest we shouldn’t expect a replay.

Only Sheffield United have a worse away record in the Premier League so far this season, with the mags winning only once and losing seven of their ten league games on the road so far.

But this is the cup, and this is a derby... so who knows?!

Sunderland v Preston North End - Sky Bet Championship Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The betting...

The bookies have the Lads priced at 3/1, while an away win is offered at around 13/20 and the draw is 14/5.

Head to head... at Sunderland

(All competitions)

  • Sunderland wins: 28
  • Draws: 28
  • Newcastle United wins: 21
  • Sunderland goals: 111
  • Newcastle United goals: 98

Last time we met... at the Stadium of Light

Sunday 25th October 2015

Premier League

Sunderland 3-0 Newcastle United

[Johnson (pen) 45’, Jones 65’, Fletcher 86’ - (Coloccini sent-off 45’)]

Sunderland: Pantilimon, Yedlin, O’Shea (Coates), Kaboul, Jones, Johnson, M’Vila, Cattermole, Lens (Larsson), Toivonen (Defoe), Fletcher Substitutes not used: Mannone, van Aanholt, Gomez, Watmore

Newcastle United: Elliot, Janmaat, Dummett (Thauvin), Tiote (Lascelles), Coloccini, Mbemba, Sissoko, Colback (Anita), Mitrovic, Perez, Wijnaldum Substitutes not used: Woodman, Haidara, De Jong, Cisse

Attendance: 47,653

Sunderland v Newcastle United - Premier League Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Played for both...

Lee Clark

Peter Reid did well to secure the services of Lee Clark from up the road back in the summer of 1997, and after two years of being one of the best players outside of the Premier League he left for Fulham after a wardrobe malfunction outside of Wembley.

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