Newcastle vs Sunderland – Match Preview

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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:

Steve Harper
Habib Beye  Abdoulaye Faye  Steven Taylor   Jose Enrique
Geremi   Nicky Butt   Joey Barton
Oba Martins    Michael Owen (c)    Mark Viduka
Subs: Fraser Forster Damien Duff   Alan Smith  David Edgar   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.

Comments welcome.

59 comments so far

  • Spyro

    Apr 19, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #1

    cant wait

  • Nick C

    Apr 19, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Come on lads. We gotta do it. Got proper PMT already (thats Pre Match Tension, by the way)

    2-1 to the Toon.

    Where do any of you other lads sit at SJP? I am G111 East Stand. Right on the halfway line. Mint.

  • leavy

    Apr 19, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #3

    6 games ago id be shitting myself
    now im 100 % sure sunderland will bottle it
    they are a one man team
    keep jones quiet and they will fall
    they have viduka owen and martins to contend with
    im confident it will be the loudest sjp for some timex

  • Spyro

    Apr 19, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Leavy it is never that simple in derbys though is it, in derbys anyone can be the match winning player

  • Geordie till i die!

    Apr 19, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #5

    going off the last 2 home games i’m going for another clean sheat, All the way, Absolute dead ert, Totally guranteed, Got 50 quid riding on 2- 0 Toon. TILL I DIE!

  • jezzer

    Apr 19, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #6

    5-0 at least owen hatrick,martins,beye

  • leavy

    Apr 19, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #7

    yh i suppose spyro but in terms of sheerclass andtalentjonesis the only one to worry about
    cummon u toon

  • Leo

    Apr 19, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #8

    sports bar row R seats (im actually not sure the numbers because we have 4 and had them for a long time.) also i wouldnt want to give my identity out to people on this site if ive offended anyone i might get a drink spilt on me etc. lmao

    although if i find anyone wasting lager i not be best pleased.

  • lee

    Apr 19, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #9

    3-0 to the toon

  • 51times

    Apr 19, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Leo – Sports bar? Pfft, you’re probably one of these types who uses football to network rather than having any interest in the game it’s self.


    Apr 19, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Milburn stand level 7 row C otherwise known as the vertical half marathon.

    Thats a wee bit harsh, im Sure Leo will be just as much of a Ale swigging neanderthal as the rest of us.

  • Macca

    Apr 19, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #12

    I think we’ll win, I don’t think it’ll be easy. We have to, we HAVE to concentrate for the ENTIRE game, too many times we’ve lost concentration at the end of games especially if we’re ahead. There are some teams you can’t do it again, Man U because they keep on creating chances over and over again and then there’s Sunderland they’ve scored a lot of their goals in the dying seconds of the game. It’s vital that we don’t fall asleep because they’ll punish us. They grind out results and usually a player from absolutely no where scores a screamer. If we concentrate and work and give 110% for the ENTIRE games we’ll take the points but if we don’t they could well punish us.

  • ScottyT

    Apr 19, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #13

    am in leazes end nearest to east stand in the middle somwhere lol deent na wat level it is or w/e.

    atmosphere aint gr8 there tbh 🙁 but least a can see tha game a spose.

  • Ashton

    Apr 19, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Apr 19, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Scotty the atmosphere aint great anywhere anymore but i bet tommorow will be different

    Mr Beane expect it both barrells

  • m.

    Apr 19, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m gonna hang out today with my girl, and drink some pints of broon – it’s quite expensive here in Brazil, 13 bucks a can, but I’ll have a few ones to get ready for the derby.

  • ScottyT

    Apr 19, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #17

    true craigg but the best atmosphere seems to be gallowgate and leazes level 7

    nd aye will be tomorrow always is on tyne-wear derbies cant w8! howay lads!!!!!

  • Leo

    Apr 19, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #18

    51 times, ive just turned 21, networking is what i do best, i dont need them for business fool. family go… im one of two people who actually sings in my area, so dont give me sh1t for being in an area where some suits sit

  • Leo

    Apr 19, 2008 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #19

    craigg them seats are awesome, i sat there for the mancity match because we had family visiting and i said i would sit elsewhere, i sat on three rows from the back, best seats i think, but ma dad hasnt got the legs to go that high.

    i read somewhere that the nearest seat that the away fans have is still almost a 1/4mile from the centre, might have been a half mile, but one thing for sure is its a distance.

  • ScottyT

    Apr 19, 2008 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #20

    i remember sitting on the 2nd row from the back of the milburn stand vs aston villa years ago before i got me season ticket. and yh haha it is like a marathon a was dizzy by the time i got up bt maybe that was the drink am nt sure lol

    carl cort scord in tha game 4 tha record :S:S as well as a david james own goal a think haha

  • ScottyT

    Apr 19, 2008 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #21

    also watchin motd yet again boro hav full stands empty .. there fan support is embarassing

  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Apr 19, 2008 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #22

    I thought I d never say this but we should try and Buy Peter Crouch.. if not move heavan and Earth to get Berbertov

    Crouch as improved- and i used to be one of his biggest critics- but i have been persuaded by his grit and determination and he looks technically better and getting header- a good replacement for Viduka

    Berbatov- my 1st choice(dream- statement signing) is pure class- and he wants to be the greatest newcastle Striker of all time- we know this- he wants to come thats why hes looking so blank in N. London come on Demitre we need you


    Matins Owen

  • Macca

    Apr 19, 2008 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Players that we need to watch….

    Reid, has been very good for them, if he plays well, then Sunderland will play well.
    Jones, the new Drogba apparently.
    Murphy, has scored some screamers in their matches.

    That’s 3 of many who will be dangerous. Cut off those 3 players and we should be ok.


    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #24

    It was a delaney own goal if i remember, Steven Glass scored as well LOL

    Lads your right They are cracking seats but ive sat in the leazes a few times as well and ive never been in a seat that wasnt a good view at SJP which is different to some of the grounds ive visited away from home.

    I hope this is readable ive finished of 3/4 a crate of carling and im about as steady on me feet as Steven Hawking on Crack !!!

  • shearer4pm

    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #25

    its the big day just

    wish i was there lads, call me a supporter i know

    but i live in somerset, and have to buy over the internet:(:(

    and what a surprise it was a sell out:P, dw tho sky sports will not be switched off

    wish i was there soo bad, damn

  • Leo

    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #26

    lucky stevie h has wheels to make sure he dont roll over after a night on the tiles haha…

    3/4 crate of carling, duno why but i cant drink too much lager like, dnt have the belly for it, i get full too quick, drink as much vodka or spirits and it dont affect me, i dont get a handover then either.

    lager is a different story, was out last nite for a bit had 5 pints and i was on the way haha


    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #27

    Ill tell you what how good did Lennon look tonight ive not seen him play that well since about a season ago and like you say Crouch was also impressive, as was Gary Cahill he could be a good signing if Bolton get the drop , If Brum go down sign McFadden and Zarate everyones a winner

  • Leo

    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #28

    i cant sleep btw, im probably just going to stay awake, i wish i had gone down stairs and put the boxing on setanta, im too lazy to walk all that way, anyone know if its online anywhere?

  • shearer4pm

    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #29

    scotty t

    yeh i seen that hahahahahahahahahahahahaa

    not there fault the yjus cant find the way to the ground thru all the smog, and those who can dont want to be there cus lets face it

    there shit lmao

    only 1 in the north east


  • wsq

    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #30

    oba hattrick tomorrow…

    oba the moon..



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    GOod genuine article “OBA IN TOON WITH THE KING!”

  • wsq

    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #31,,2275025,00.html

    A good article to read, a genuine article.

    It’s called OBA IN TOON WITH THE KING!


    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #32

    I wont sleep now, Im too excited about the match I hope Beano has a massive scowl on his Smacked arse face at half three tomorrow afternoon

  • Leo

    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #33

    ive been teaching the songs to my sister, what she has to sing, i cant wait.

    beano keano is going to have a face like a slapped arse when he is obafied haha

  • Leo

    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #34

    u know ive just noticed something about the header from the site, with the players in the 433 formation

    faye has blood on his shirt

    is this true or is my eyes decieving me


    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #35

    Either that or hes just come back from a wedding


    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #36

    Liam O’Brien 23 yards out Joker Park, Clark runs over the ball and here comes O’Brien, Oh Beautifully done by Liam O’Brien, that was absolute perfection and The Toon Army goes wild !!!

    Remember that commentary like it was last week.

    Why do you remember stuff like that when youre pissed, It was 16 years ago FFS


    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #37

    I tell you what is a annoying, the irish cosying up on one of the other posts “I cant hate Keane as hes Irish” He aint anything other than Mackem as far as im concerned, I dont care where anyone is from you should hate Sunderland and people associated with Sunderland.

    Anyway didnt Keane walk out on his country a week before the world cup leaving Ireland a man light???

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #38

    3-1. Cant wait to see the dog w***ers face!

  • Leo

    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #39

    too rights craigg, they obviously have short memories,

    craigg, tom toon, do either of you know what time the calzage match starts? i cant decide whether to watch it, the last time i did was thehatton match and it didnt start till 6.30 am and didnt sleep

  • wsq

    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #40

    oba hattrick! c’mon oba!


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