Venue: Stadium of Blight, Blunderland.
Date: Sun 27th Oct, 2013.
Kick off: 1.30pm.
Referee: Lee Probert.
UK TV: Sky Sports.
Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our ‘match banter’ for this day of days, the Wear-Tyne derby, this time at the Stadium of Blight.
As I pointed out in my extensive match preview for this game, the fiasco which transpired at St James Park last season was just an aberration, an exception that proves the rule as that was the only Tyne – Wear derby Sunderland have won out of the last eleven.
As if that wasn’t enough, Sunderland haven’t won a single Premier League game in their last twelve. Their last league victory was a narrow 1-0 win over Everton way back in April, which was the game after that abovementioned defeat for Newcastle in the last Derby. Since then they have been nosediving headlong into catastrophe even more than they usually do. This should be a lesson to them not to have the temerity to beat us in any more local derbies!
But anyway, I’ve had to fix a major catastrophe of my own with caching problem for this site earlier this morning which has put me off schedule. So, I will crack on and stop waffling, except to give you my usual reminders that I will be posting all the usual stuff, ie links to watch the game online, as well as the official team sheets for the game when they become available. Finally, I will also be posting the usual match highlights and full match video after the game is over.
Howay (but not Ha’way) the Lads!As well as my usual match preview on here, I have also posted another piece looking forward at the Sunderland game on my other blog on metro.co.uk.
You can find it by following the link below.
Sunderland (4-4-2): Keiren Westwood (G); Phil Bardsley, John O’Shea (c), Carlos Cuellar, Andrea Dossena; Sebastian Larsson, Lee Cattermole, Jack Colback, Adam Johnson; Jozy Altidore, Steven Fletcher.
Subs: Vito Mannone (G), Ondrej Celustka, Valentin Roberge, Ki Sung-Yueng, Craig Gardner, Emanuele Giaccherini, Fabio Borini.
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul (G); Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Paul Dummett, Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote (c), Yohan Cabaye; Yoan Gouffran, Hatem Ben Arfa, Loic Remy
Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Massadio Haidara, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi.