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SUNDERLAND VS NEWCASTLE

Published:Friday | October 23, 2015 | 12:00 AM

SUNDERLAND (4-1-4-1)

PANTILIMON,

YEDLIN, O'SHEA, KABOUL, JONES,

M'VILA,

LARSSON, CATTERMOLE, GOMEZ, BORINI,

FLETCHER

NEWCASTLE (4-4-2)

MITROVIC, PEREZ,

WIJNALDUM, TIOTE, COLBACK, SISSOKO,

DUMMETT, COLOCCINI, MBEMBA, JANMAAT,

ELLIOT

The much-awaited first north-east derby takes place at Sunderland, where new manager Sam Allardyce makes his bow. Newcastle United arrive in slightly better shape following their stunning 6-2 win over Norwich last Sunday, the highest-scoring game in the Barclays Premier League so far.

Sunderland are still bottom, while Newcastle are in 18th place. The home side go into the game still without a win; it is only the third time in their top-flight history that they have failed to win in their opening nine games. If they fail again, it will be their worst start since the 1976-77 season, when they went 10 without a win.

Newcastle will be boosted by scoring six goals in a Premier League game for the first time since August 2010 against Aston Villa.

Newcastle's star man against Norwich was Georginio Wijnaldum, who became only the second man to score four in a Premier League game for Newcastle and first since Alan Shearer (against Sheffield Wednesday, September 1999).