Sunderland vs Newcastle – Match Preview

Newcastle will not be at full strength in their second derby game of the season at Sunderland tomorrow.

Newcastle  hammered Sunderland last October 31st, and it could be that – depending on how Newcastle play tomorrow – the Newcastle fans will have a chance to compare the two Magpie managers in the two games – Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew.

Chris could always inspire the Newcastle players in the big games, and probably his most successful feat in his magical 18 months as Newcastle manager,  was getting his players to inflict the biggest defeat on Sunderland (5-1) since 1955 (6-1).

Not a bad result at all – but still not good enough to keep Chris in his job as Newcastle manager – as he was sacked just over 5 weeks later – we sadly have to say.

And Alan Pardew goes into tomorrow’s game after presiding over one of Newcastle’s most embarrassing defeats in their illustrious history, after they went down 3-1 at Stevenage with a surrender in the second half of that game – yes it was  that bad.

Under Chris Hughton, we know  Newcastle would roar back from that defeat, and this week the Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan has apologized to Newcastle fans for the Stevenage performance, and said they would make it up tomorrow.

We trust Kevin a lot, and we believe they will do well tomorrow, but it just depends on which Sunderland side turns up, as to how the result will go.

If it’s the meek and seemingly inexperienced Sunderland side that turned up the last time, it could well  become another no contest.

And that’s an outcome Sunderland fans will be having nightmares about right now – and even more so if Sunderland are beaten once again tomorrow.

Why does that sound so good?

But Sunderland also had a poor time of it last Saturday, when they were beaten 3-1 at home by Notts County in the FA Cup.

So both North East sides are trying to recover from their ignominious defeats of last week, and if Sunderland go down again to Newcastle, it will have been a great season back in the PL for the all conquering Magpies – to be sure.

The Sunderland players and manager Steve Bruce – born and bred in Newcastle with his family all Newcastle supporters – – will no doubt be trying so very hard not to let that happen again.

It may be strange, but we see the keys of the game tomorrow, being the experience and maturity of the senior players in the Newcastle team – Nolan, Barton, Harper, Ameobi, Coloccini  and Enrique are the players we see as key in this game.

And if these players can use their vast experience, and get the Newcastle lads plying well together, and not be over-awed by the occasion, which last time Sunderland were and Newcastle were not – then indeed it could be a second successive win for the Newcastle side.

In the last game Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole – at 22 years old – was just too young and inexperienced to captain the Sunderland team in such a massive game, and Lee even lost his head in the second half and had to be replaced by Steve Bruce.

Bruce was left with no option, as he replaced him before the referee sent him off with a second yellow card, or even a straight red card.

Lee was making wild tackles and arguing with Newcastle players – a clear sign of his inexperience and despair at the time.

Lee is a doubt for tomorrow’s game, but from Newcastle’s perspective we hope the former Middlesbrough man starts the game, because while he’s a gifted player, he lacks speed, which is one reason he has to commit so many fouls – as players get past him.

Newcastle have Andy Carroll out through injury, and Cheick Tiote also out through suspension, but we still think Alan Pardew will line up in a 4-4-2 formation and attack Sunderland from the start – because their strength is not in their defense.

It looks like Steven Taylor will not be fit from his hamstring problems, but that Enrique, Ameobi and Gutierrez are all fit to play, having all missed the game last week.

This is the side we expect Alan to start tomorrow:

Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Barton Smith Nolan (c) Gutierrez
Ameobi Lovenkrands
Subs: Krul Perch Guthrie Gosling Best Ranger Routledge

This is  the biggest game left this season, and always massive for both clubs.

But it is also a massive game for Alan Pardew too, as he tries to get past the ignominy of Newcastle’s embarrassing defeat last week, which was news around the world – and unfortunately the top news coming out of the FA Cup last weekend.

Another defeat would hardly be good, but another win and Alan will have secured 4 wins in the first 6  league games, and of course the FA Cup was never a real priority this season – was it?

A win for Newcastle, which we think is more likely than not, would be a great boost for the Newcastle side and the Newcastle supporters, at a time when we really need it.

And it would be Newcastle’s second double of the season, and take the lads to a fantastic 31 points in the league – just 3 short of our relegation total, and still 16 games to play.

A win tomorrow for Newcatsle and it will initiate huge celebration on Tyneside- and that’s what we are hoping for – big time!

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome – but please be civil – thanks.

236 comments so far

  • alex84

    Jan 15, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #1

    anyone see paul merson sayin he will be very suprised if tiote is still with us next season as he will be snapped up by a top 6 team!!…pr!ck!!!!!

  • Dennis Twice

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Kamikaze attack Toon attack!


  • toonbarmy

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #3

    It isn’t hard to see that merson hates us due to his boro links, next time we win(tomorrow) just look at him, he is sick as a puppy with nee bone to chew!

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #4

    If you go from our last 10 games a SOS We have lost 1 drew 4 and won 5, our last visit being the loss. So looks like it has to be a win tomorrow to put that right.

  • The Entertainers

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Like the team Ed’ I’d agree with line up or depending on bravory could drop lovenkrands and bring in Guthrie / gosling playing Nolan off Shola.
    For me’ it a must not lose , rather than a must win. I’d be happy with a drab 0-0. Not very exciting but it’s the scum after all.

  • craigcoozy

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #6

    lads in bout 10 mins am gettin the squad sheet for tomorrow !

  • Flop

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #7

    alex84 – they’re always trying to pimp our best players out. I do expect a bigger team to put a bid in for him in the summer but we really should be keeping him if we want to develop into a squad which goes onto challenge for a European spot

  • Brutooon

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #8

    WTF? why do Alan Smith started?

  • Shot Bru

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Bothroyd isn’t playing for Cardiff today..

  • Edd Case

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #10

    If Smith plays = we lose

    Routledge – Barton – Nolan – Jonas

    Routledge off at 55-60mins for Gosling.

  • beadyeyesbb

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #11

    why play smith?! we never win with him on the pitch.

  • craigcoozy

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #12

    okay as promised
    steve stone,pardew,andy woodman
    jiminez tejada? never heard of
    shane ferguson
    interesting that carroll or tiote arnt onlist to get bus with squad !

  • Eaststander

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #13

    jiminez tejada is xisco

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Bothroyd – wtf – 28 year old wannabe

    If we sign him it will show just how high we are aiming.

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #15


    Francisco Jiménez Tejada (born 26 June 1986 in Palma, Majorca, Balearic Islands), commonly known as Xisco, is a Spanish footballer who plays for Newcastle United in the Premier League, as striker.

  • GeordieGerman

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #16


    You beat me to it. I had to google it, but you knew.

  • geoff777

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #17


    Got to agree with the midfield.

    Gosling on for Routledge and switch Barton to R wing. Gosling centre.

  • Klatoon

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Craig’s list,no pun,doesn’t have Guthrie on it.I thought he had a gud game VS Hibs?

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #19

    bothroyd is injured thats why he isnt playin for cardiff hes got hamstring trouble been out a few weeks

  • geoff777

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #20

    @BlacknWhite Barmy

    Agreed it shows our ambition.

    I hope he does sign … but only because he’s better than no signing at all.

    Why the hell did this cheap-skate billionaire buy the club?

  • Eaststander

    Jan 15, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Can anyone belive we paid nearly 6 million for xisco and then paid him 50,000 a week. Why did Ashley sanction this move? We could get a really good player for that fee and wages or will he still prove himself if he gets a chance.

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 15, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #22

    just seen a link sayin ashley has gave the go ahead for the Adam Lallana deal and ive just checked and he isnt in they squad for today not even on the bench so unless hes banned or injured this could maybe be true?

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Jan 15, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Adam Lallana – another one for the future!!!

    Would prefer Connor Whickam of Ipswich – would be a regular even at his age.

    When are wqe going to buy players that fit into the team NOW??

  • Selbymag

    Jan 15, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #24

    I still rate Bothroyd from what I have seen he is better than several of our bench warmers.
    Get ranger out on loan to Huddersfield or Donny, decent footballing sides in Champ or Div 1.
    I will stick my neck out here – I dont think he has got what it takes to be a consistent prem player.
    Prove me wrong Nile…..before you piss your career up the wall.

  • Thump

    Jan 15, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #25

    It isn’t interesting at all craig, Carroll is injured and Tioté is banned. Hardly uncommon.

  • Selbymag

    Jan 15, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #26

    Probably not on the bus to avoid the flying objects that get flung by the Mackem inbred mob every year.

  • Eaststander

    Jan 15, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #27

    Adam Lallana- suprised he hasn’t moved already, excellent feet, bags of pace not too sure about his crossing or shooting. Will he make it in the prem? Is it worth 5mil to find out

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Jan 15, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #28

    Bothroyd is in th same boat as Beckford and our very own Shola and Ranger.


  • MacToon

    Jan 15, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #30

    Lol Craig with the team sheet 😆 nice 1, shame the mackem’s will see it……….

  • PalmerToon

    Jan 15, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #31

    I see Demba Ba won’t be moving to Stoke… Failed medical! Try and snap him up in the summer!

  • HaZ-NUFC

    Jan 15, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #32

    i bet steve bruce on on this blog now and plotting how to stop us lol

  • colwell

    Jan 15, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #33

    Guys I live in Southampton and have seen Lallana play alot. This guy is very good, destroys teams every week. Its not the prem but watching him you know he can step up with no problem. I`d say he is similar to Milner but with loads more pace. His shooting is Brilliant you`d think he was a striker, and often has 1 on 1`s which most of the time he slots away. GET HIM IN!

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Jan 15, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #34

    fron #29
    “Alan Pardew has stated that the most important thing right now is not new players, but securing the best players they already have according to Mirror Football.”

    Yep that right – being 6 points of relegation means that we dont need to bring in better players.

    Can you see Barton or Enrique accept 20K ??

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Jan 15, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #35

    Adam Lallana is amaising, I know Danny seabourne well, and have been up to see him a few times and watched even one of there training sessions. Lallana reminds mr of an English luka modric. Would be delighted to sign him, but just can’t see fat Ashley santioning any deal for him.

  • Brutooon

    Jan 15, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #36

    Smith 60k per week and at his 30 yrs old. sell him for free and we will save more money on good players

    Alan Smith is one crap player – i still cant understand why ppl try to defend him.

  • nufc90

    Jan 15, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #37

    @34 talk about pessimism… ashley will pay the wages to the right players. ben arfa has just signed for us on 55k a week and staylor is now on 40k a week. he also signed coloccini on 80k a week when he signed for us. he will pay high wages under the right circumstances and he certainly will for barton and enrique as having them tied up will increase their values by a lot.

    im not defending mike ashley just stating the facts..

  • ganiyu

    Jan 15, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #38

    malaria wont permit me to watch the game.if we score first we putting my hopes on barton to score

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Jan 15, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #39

    nufc90 pessinisn or realism. The table doesnt lie and with three players out we are looking very short on class.

    Where is the pace in the team?
    Which midfeilder can actually cross the ball?
    We seem to have lost faith in our No2 Keeper
    We cant defend – see Stevenage
    We cant pass – see most games

  • baro

    Jan 15, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #40

    Ya someone mentioned that Demba Ba failed medical to Stoke…,22162,8925_6664506,00.html

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