Newcastle United v Sunderland – Confirmed Starting XIs

What a great Sunday of football on offer today. Not only are Jurgen Klopp’s side looking to maintain their improvement under the former Borussia Dortmund chief against Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur looking to over come their Europa League exit with a win at home to in form AFC Bournemouth, two humdinger derby games takes place today.

With the Manchester derby kicking off in the late afternoon, Newcastle United play host to Sunderland in the Tyne Wear derby at St. James Park. With both teams battling against the dreaded drop zone in the Premier League, this has become one of the most important north-east derbies for a very long time.

So where would you put your money on this one? The obvious decision would be to put on the Black Cats, considering they’ve won the last six encounters with the Magpies, with Newcastle only managing to score one goal in that process.

Once more, Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has scored seven goals in his last eight Barclays Premier League appearances away from home, meaning the former Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur man is the danger man for Sam Allardyce’s men

However, the Stadium of Light outfit have shipped 38 away league goals this season, more than any other side and Rafael Benitez has never lost his first home as a manager at any club.

Newcastle’s Paul Dummett, Gabriel Obertan, Cheick Tiote and Tim Krul are ruled out while problems are mounting for the Magpies at the back as Fabricio Colloccini, Chancel Mbemba and Steven Taylor are all doubtful with knocks.

New Sunderland signing Emmanuel Eboue will miss the much anticipated encounter with a knee injury as well as promising young attacker Duncan Watmore.