Leon Best is up front for another start for Newcastle United, alongside local lad Shola Ameobi, at the Stadium of Light today.
Best was certainly in good form last time out in the league, when he got that famous hat-trick in the 5-0 humiliation of West Ham just 11 days ago.
And new boy Dan Gosling, as expected, will be on the bench for Newcastle, while Alan Smith gets another chance to show he can indeed fill the huge gap left by Cheick Tiote, who is suspended.
Barton and Gutierrez will be out on the wings, and Smith and Nolan will try to control central midfield, which Newcastle didn’t do at all last week at Stevenage.
There were rumors that Shola had re-injured his ankle yesterday, so it’s good news the local lad is starting today, because he could be a huge player for the Magpies today.
For Sunderland Darren Bent partners Asamoah Gyan up front, while Craig Gordon, Titus Bramble, Ahmed Elmohamady and Jordan Henderson all return to the side.
But Lee Cattermole and Danny Welbeck are both missing from the Sunderland squad and former Newcastle player, Titus Bramble, is at center-back for the Black Cats, and he captains the side.
A win, in a game that is being televised live around the world, will take Newcastle into 7th place in the Premier League, just two points behind Sunderland and with a game in hand.
A win will set off huge celebrations on Tyneside, and around the world, by Newcastle United supporters everywhere.
We’ll be back immediately after the game.
Howay The Lads!!
Sunderland: Gordon, Bardsley, Richardson, Bramble (C), Ferdinand, Malbranque, Elmohamady, Henderson, Richardson, Bent, Gyan
Subs: Mignolet, Angeleri, Riveros, Da Silva, Zenden, Reid, Colback
Newcastle: Harper, Simpson, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Gutierrez, Barton, Nolan (C), Smith, Best, Ameobi
Subs: Krul., Guthrie, Lovenkrands, Routledge, Perch, Gosling, Ranger