Gabriel Obertan makes his full debut for Newcastle United at Sunderland today, after an impressive second half outing last week against Arsenal.
As we had expected, Obertan replaces Demba Ba in the line-up to give some creativity to the strike force, and the 22 year-old starts alongside Shola Ameobi.
That’s the only change from Newcastle’s team from their draw with the Gunners last Saturday, and would you believe we actually got the team right in our match preview yesterday.
Yes – pure luck.
Veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper is the back-up to Tim Krul today, and is joined on the bench by Ba, Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best, all experienced players.
Sebastian Larsson starts for Sunderland, and he could be the big danger for Newcastle today, and former Newcastle center-back Titus Bramble is on the bench.
We could say that’s a pity, but we’ll not say that.
It should be another terrific derby game!
Howay The Lads – win it for the fans!!
Sunderland (4-4-2): Simon Mingolet; Phil Bardsley, Wes Brown, Anton Ferdinand, Kieran Richardson; Sebastian Larsson, Lee Cattermole (c), Jack Colback, Ahmed Elmohamady; Stephane Sessegnon, Asamoah Gyan
Subs: Kieren Westwood, Titus Bramble, Louis Laing, David Vaughan, Craig Gardner, Connor Wickham, Ji Dong-Won
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor; Cheik Tiote, Yohan Cabaye; Joey Barton, Gabriel Obertan, Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi
Subs: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Peter Lovenkrands, Leon Best, Demba Ba