The first Tyne-Wear derby of the season takes place at St. James’s Park on Sunday, as Sunderland travel to their closest rivals Newcastle United.
Newcastle United suffered a disappointing week, losing at two of the sides in the capital in the form of Arsenal and Tottenham.
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Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla both scored twice for Arsenal as they cruised past Newcastle in the Premier League.
Having previously won at White Hart Lane this season, Newcastle were confident going into their Capital One Cup tie with Spurs, however they were easily beaten 4-0.
Sunderland managed a 10th draw in their first 16 Premier League matches of the season, after they were held at home by West Ham.
Jordi Gomez gave Sunderland the lead from the penalty spot early on, after Adam Johnson appeared to go over following minimal contact from James Tomkins.
Sunderland’s lead was brief though, as Stewart Downing continued his excellent form with the equaliser minutes later.
Sunderland have beaten their biggest rivals in the last three league meetings, two of which were 3-0 successes at St. James’s Park.
Johnson was among the scorers in last season’s victory away from home, with the former loanee Fabio Borini scoring in both wins.
Newcastle v Sunderland Team News
Daryl Janmaat missed the cup defeat at Spurs through suspension, however will return to face Sunderland.
Jack Ainwick is an injury doubt, with Alan Pardew looking into the possibility of adding a goalkeeper on an emergency loan.
Ayoze Perez and Papiss Cisse both could feature, with Moussa Sissoko set for a midfield role after suspension saw him miss the Arsenal loss.
Sunderland could name a similar side to the one that drew with West Ham, with Jack Rodwell pushing for a return.
Gomez is the favourite to miss out if Rodwell returns, as Sunderland keep faith with the 4-5-1 formation they have used this term.
Newcastle: Ainwick, Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett, Sissoko, Colback, Tiote, Ameobi, Cisse, Perez
Sunderland: Pantilimon, Vergini, Brown, O’Shea, Reveillere, Johnson, Larsson, Cattermole, Rodwell, Wickham, Fletcher
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