With Yohanne Cabaye moving to PSG and top scorer Loic Remy suspended, Alan Pardew’s side will have to dig deep for alternative attacking options. Without the two Frenchmen, the ‘Toon Army’ will have Shola Ameobi lead the line with Moussa Sissoko or Hatem Ben Arfa in support for this potentially cracking Tyne-Wear Derby.
Sunderland (4-3-3): Mannone, Bardsley, Brown, O’Shea, Alonso, Ki, Larsson, Colback, Johnson, Jozy Altindore, Borini
Gus Poyet’s appointment and the meteoric rise in form of Adam Johnson have propelled Sunderland off the foot of the Premier League table, two points above the relegation zone. They will need to pick the points soon, as after Newcastle and Hull, they face Manchester City, Arsenal, and Liverpool… all away from the Stadium of Light.
How the Newcastle vs Sunderland #TyneWearDerby isn’t televised is beyond a joke. Stupidity to rob football fans of a game of that magnitude.
— Scott Bond (@Scott__Bond) January 29, 2014
— jamie davison (@jamie_davison1) January 29, 2014
— Malcolm Glennie (@glenniemalcolm) January 29, 2014
Huge, huge, huge win for Sunderland. Newcastle have lost Cabaye and Remy is suspended. I know where my money is going on the Tynewear derby.
— Dean Smith (@deanothedalefan) January 29, 2014
Forget Peter Crouch’s robot or Lua Lua’s flips… there is no better celebration than one of true passion.
Could it be anyone else? Adam Johnson has scored five goals and given two assists in his last three games… amassing an amazing 43 points in the Official Fantasy Premier League game during that period. Against a much weakened Newcastle side, the former Man City winger could continue his amazing form and give double digit returns again.
Newcastle have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last six Barclays Premier League games at St James Park and have lost the last two without scoring.
Fabio Borini has scored in each of his two Barclays Premier League appearances against Newcastle United (38 minutes of action in total).
Shola Ameobi has scored more goals against Sunderland (7) than he has managed against any other Premier League opponent.
There have been five red cards shown in the last seven Premier League meetings between Newcastle and Sunderland.
The Black Cats are unbeaten in the last four Premier League Tyne Wear derbies (W2 D2).
Sunderland are unbeaten in their last five Premier League away games (W2 D3).
Sunderland have not won three successive league games against Newcastle United since 1923.
Over the past six Premier League games, only five teams have picked up more points than Sunderland (11).
Newcastle have failed to score in four of their last five Premier League games.
Adam Johnson has scored or assisted each of Sunderland’s last seven Premier League goals.
Newcastle have the third best all-time Premier League points per game rate in February (1.71), Sunderland have the worst (0.63).