Sunderland vs Newcastle United derby day match banter!
Posted on October 21st, 2012 | 86 Comments |
Venue: Stadium of Blight, Blunderland.
Date: Sunday, 22nd Oct.
Kick off: 1:30pm
Referee: Martin Atkinson.
UK TV: Sky Sports 1.
Well, it’s that time of the season again, a time when Shola Ameobi emerges from the shadows to nudge aside Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo and become the most potent goalscoring force in world football. Will he do it again? Will he even start? Will the Mackems once again be tramping back to their Wearside hovels in abject despair? Of course, this is what usually happens as Sunderland have won only one of their last 15 games against Newcastle (W1, D6, L8). Indeed, they have won only one of their last 14 Premier League games against any Premiership team (W1, D9, L4) as Mackem manager, Martin O’Neill, desperately tries to get his side into top gear. Let us hope it isn’t in this game, as like the team from the land that time forgot, we have had a few problems of our own turning draws into victories.
Indeed, judging by our previous form this season, the start could well be crucial. Pardew must get it right from the first whistle this time, otherwise we will be asking for trouble. He can’t rely on us playing catch up, as we have in several games previously this season. Anyway, we will soon find out!
Before we do though, may I recommend some excellent pre-match reading in the form of my collegue AndyMac’s rivetting match preview of the game, which should fill you in with everything you need to know in the run up to this great Derby.
This game will be broadcast on Sky Sports 1 in the UK, though as usual, I shall try to post some online links for the game in the comments section below for those of you who don’t have it, as well as the team sheets for the game once they become available.
Howay the Lads!
Sunderland (4-4-1-1): Simon Mignolet; Craig Gardner, John O’Shea (c), Carlos Cuellar, Danny Rose; Adam Johnson, Jack Colback, Sebastian Larsson, James McClean; Stephane Sessegnon; Steven Fletcher.
Subs: Kieren Westwood, Phil Bardsley, Matt Kilgallon, David Meyler, David Vaughan, Frazier Campbell, Louis Saha.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Demba Ba.
Substitutes: Steve Harper (G), Shane Ferguson, James Perch, Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Papiss Cisse.