By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United make the short trip to the Stadium of Light on Sunday to face local rivals Sunderland in Premier League action (1.30pm kick-off).
Both sides will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways after each suffering 3-0 reversals against the two Manchester clubs last time out - Newcastle at the hands of United and Sunderland against City.
Last season's Tyne-Wear derbies saw Newcastle come out on top, thanks to a 1-0 win on Wearside - when Ryan Taylor's free-kick earned all three points - and a share of the spoils at home courtesy of a late Shola Ameobi leveller.
Sunday's match is the 135th Tyne-Wear league derby and the 147th match in total between the two sides. In the last 45 years, of the 40 league games played, Newcastle have won 17, 18 have been drawn with Sunderland triumphing just five times. United have won eight of the last 13.
Newcastle's allocation of tickets for this fixture has sold out
4th March, 2012 - Newcastle 1 (Ameobi 90) Sunderland (Bendtner 24 pen)
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon (Hatem Ben Arfa 46); Ryan Taylor (Peter Lovenkrands 89), Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 72), Demba Ba
Sunderland (4-4-1-1): Simon Mignolet; Phil Bardsley, Michael Turner, John O'Shea, Kieran Richardson (Wayne Bridge 85); Sebastian Larsson (Jack Colback 73), Lee Cattermole, Craig Gardner, James McClean; Stephane Sessegnon; Nicklas Bendtner (Fraizer Campbell 72)
FULL RECORD v SUNDERLAND
P146 W53 D47 L46 F220 A213
(Last six games - all competitions)
Sunderland - LWWDDD
Newcastle - LWDLWD
Sunderland (v Manchester City, Premier League): Simon Mignolet; Craig Gardner, John O'Shea, Carlos Cuellar, Danny Rose (David Vaughan 61); Adam Johnson (Louis Saha 68), Jack Colback, Sebastian Larsson, James McClean; Stephane Sessegnon (Fraizer Campbell 83); Steven Fletcher
Not used: Kieren Westwood, Matt Kilgallon, Titus Bramble, David Meyler
Newcastle (v Manchester United, Premier League): Steve Harper; Davide Santon, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Shane Ferguson (Vurnon Anita 63); Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote (Gael Bigirimana 80), Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 63)
Not used: Jak Alnwick, Danny Simpson, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi
Sunderland - Titus Bramble (hip) and Phil Bardsley (ankle) are both injury doubts for the Black Cats, but winger James McClean should be fit after a groin injury kept him out of Republic of Ireland action. Defender Wes Brown (calf) remains sidelined, while Lee Cattermole is suspended.
Newcastle - The Magpies are set to welcome back goalkeeper Tim Krul (elbow), captain Fabricio Coloccini (hamstring) and fellow centre-back Steven Taylor (calf), who have been on the treatment table in recent weeks. Ryan Taylor (knee), Rob Elliot (groin), Dan Gosling (ankle) and Haris Vuckic (knee) are all out.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Martin O'Neill, Sunderland manager: "I have been involved in quite a number of derby games, hardly that many bigger than the Glasgow ones between Celtic and Rangers, but for intensity, this is up there with any of them. I like the intensity of the games, as long as it doesn't go overboard, that's an important aspect to derby matches."
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "They are fantastic games and you can't disguise that there is a little bit of passion flying about, but that needs to be conducted in the right manner by players and staff alike. "Martin O'Neill wants to win, I want to win, Sunderland want to win, Newcastle want to win, so it's a big, big game and we are looking forward to it. We are in great shape, we have some big-name players back in and around the group and I think that's given us all a bit of a boost."
Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire) - 2012/13 record: 10 games, 38 yellow cards, 0 red cards
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Stan Anderson, Paul Bracewell, Michael Bridges, Steven Caldwell, Michael Chopra, Lee Clark, Jeff Clarke, Robbie Elliott, Howard Gayle, Tommy Gibb, Shay Given, Ron Guthrie, Mick Harford, David Kelly, Bob Moncur, Bryan 'Pop' Robson, Danny Simpson, Colin Suggett, Barry Venison, Chris Waddle, David Young
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DID YOU KNOW?
Newcastle have never failed to score against Sunderland in the Premier League, while the Black Cats have drawn a blank on five occasions in these fixtures.