Newcastle vs Sunderland: Confirmed starting line-ups

In the Premier League’s lunchtime kick-off, Newcastle United play hosts to Sunderland in the hotly anticipated Tyne-Wear derby.

The Magpies are struggling from a plethora of injury problems, but fortunately third-choice goalkeeper Jan Alnwick has been ruled fit and will start against the Black Cats this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Sunderland will be keen for all three points today – having drawn an incredible ten games already this season. Firepower’s been a real problem for this season so …. will have to put in an improved performance up top.

So, without further ado, here’s the confirmed starting line-ups for the feisty North-West clash:

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