Newcastle v Sunderland: Shola Starts
Written by Newcastle Utd
Shola Ameobi is handed a starting role in the Tyne-Wear derby, as Newcastle face Sunderland at St. James' Park
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Shola Ameobi is handed a starting role in the Tyne-Wear derby, as Newcastle United entertain Sunderland at St. James' Park (12.45pm kick-off).
It has been a month since the long-serving front man last started a Magpies' match - on New Year's Day at West Brom - but he is recalled for arguably the biggest game of the season.
It means his younger brother, Sammy Ameobi, is given another opportunity to impress after catching the eye at Carrow Road.
On the substitutes' bench there is a place for new signing Luuk de Jong, who arrived on Wednesday on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach.
Sunderland (4-3-3): Vito Mannone; Phil Bardsley, John O'Shea (c), Wes Brown, Marcos Alonso; Liam Bridcutt, Jack Colback, Ki Sung-Yueng; Fabio Borini, Jozy Altidore, Adam Johnson
Substitutes: Oscar Ustari, Santiago Vergini, Seb Larsson, Craig Gardner, Emanuele Giaccherini, Connor Wickham, Ignacio Scocco
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)