It promises to be nail-biting game tomorrow at St. James’ Park for the Newcastle Sunderland Tyne-Wear derby game.
As far as the Newcastle team goes, Kevin has already announced several days ago that he will filed an unchanged side that drew 0-0 with Portsmouth at Fratton Park last Saturday.
Stephen Carr is back after several weeks out with another one of his hamstring injuries, but still not available are Emre (ankle) and Claudio Cacapa (groin).
So we expect the Newcastle team and subs to be the same as they were last week in a 4-3-3 formation:
Habib BeyeÂ Abdoulaye FayeÂ Steven TaylorÂ Â Jose Enrique
GeremiÂ Â Nicky ButtÂ Â Joey Barton
Oba MartinsÂ Â Â Michael Owen (c)Â Â Â Mark Viduka
Subs: Fraser Forster Damien DuffÂ Â Alan SmithÂ David EdgarÂ Â Andy Carroll
For Sunderland, Dwight Yorke is doubtful with a knee problem.
We expect Newcastle to continue from where they left off last week, and put pressure on Sunderland from the very first whistle.
Newcastle were well held last week by Portsmouth, but they are a much better team than Sunderland with classier players, and we expect Newcastle to eventually wear down the red and whites and get back on the goal trail again.
We’re sure Kevin will send the boys out looking for an early goal, which could settle the team down. But we have so many experienced players in the side, they will remain patient and playing their football until that first goal eventually comes along.
With Bolton winning today, Sunderland are now just 5 points above the drop zone, so it may be the relegation fight isn’t over yet, but with Reading unable to score in their last 4 games, they have to be favorites now to be relegated with Fulham and Derby County.
With Tottenham drawing 1-1 with Wigan today, Newcastle can go level on points with the Londoners with a win, but Spurs still have a much better goal difference.
But that has to be the aim for tomorrow.
All 3 points – nothing less.