Newcastle United have a very lengthy injury list with Davide Santon, Siem de Jong, Gabriel Obertan, Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor, Tim Krul, Rolando Aarons, Curtis Good, Moussa Sissoko, Mehdi Abeid, and Robert Elliot all unavailable for the upcoming match. In addition to that, Alan Pardew will also have to wait on the fitness of Cheick Tiote, Sammy Ameobi, and Papiss Demba Cisse. The biggest boost for the Magpies is that third choice keeper Jak Alnwick, who picked up an injury in midweek, has passed a late check-up and is set to feature for the side. Ayoze Perez will lead the lines as a lone striker since Cisse is still a doubt for the match. Jack Colback returns to his former club for the Tyne-Wear derby with the likelihood of a harsh reception from the travelling supporters as well as the players.
Sunderland (4-1-4-1): Pantilimon, Vergini, O’Shea, Brown, Reveillere, Cattermole, Johnson, Larsson, Gomez, Wickham, Altidore
In contrast to Newcastle United’s injury list, Sunderland have a rather clean bill of heath with only Patrick van Aanholt set to miss the upcoming match. Sunderland, however, still have two doubtful players, Emanuele Giaccherini and Billy Jones, both who are close to returning to full fitness but depending on their conditions, it is unlikely that Gus Poyet will risk either of them, especially with the tight schedule coming up. Poyet is highly tipped to field the same starting 11 that picked up a point against West Ham United the weekend before.
I had a dream Newcastle beat Sunderland 2-0 this better be correct like
— Fugly (@EveCoel) December 19, 2014
Hope Newcastle hammer Sunderland at the weekend
— TS 4 (@_T_SIB_) December 18, 2014
Two seasons ago when Newcastle United hosted Sunderland, the Black Cats overcame their opponents 3-0, with then manager Paolo Di Canio being remembered for his passionate celebrations on the touchline. The Tyne-Wear derby always seems to provide excitement and this one should be no different.