Newcastle vs Sunderland – Match Preview


Newcastle United can basically ensure the safety of the club in the Premier League, with a win tomorrow afternoon in the local derbyat home  against Sunderland.

Newcastle are currently 5 points above the drop zone and Wigan Athletic, who are 3rd bottom on just 31 points. and they are in their annual struggle to escape the drop.

And with Wigan beating Milwall 2-0 today at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final, they could be in the Europa League next season, and surely I cannot be the only one that thinks that’s simply ridiculous.

The Europa League positions should probably be based completely on league placement, as it’s done in the majority of the European leagues, but that would be the end of the FA Cup and the League Cup – and it could well be England will have a second division side representing them  in Europe, for the second time in three seasons.

Newcastle have a great chance to get our fifth successive Premier League win at home tomorrow, and it will put us on 39 points and 8 points above the relegation zone and 8 points above Sunderland – and in 11th place.

Newcastle should be better positioned for players than we were last week, when we had to play almost the same starting eleven against Fulham, after we were beaten 3-1 in Lisbon – but this week we have more players available, who will be fresh.

Mathieu Debuchy, Cheick Tiote, Yoan Gouffran, Steven Taylor and James Perch didn’t play on Thursday night, and they could all start tomorrow, and players like Sylvain Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Ben Arfa and Massadio Haidara only played a part of the game on Thursday night.

So we should  at least be better off with the squad than we were last week – and we managed to win that game with a strong second half performance.

It may be the most important game of the season for Newcastle, and manager Alan Pardew knows that – and he had this to say about the derby game:

“It’s a passionate game played by two teams who are 15 miles apart or whatever it is; passionate Mackems, passionate Geordies. We’ve got 50,000 and that gives us a slight advantage and I’m sure they’ll want to make themselves heard.”

“If you can’t get motivated for this game then you shouldn’t be at Newcastle and you shouldn’t be at Sunderland.” “Both teams are very highly motivated to win.” “I think we need the points just as much as them.”

“For me, this fixture is important because I think it’s great for the Premier League to have Newcastle and Sunderland in the division and I hope we both are for next year.” “We’re both fighting for that at the moment.”

“But it won’t make it any larger, the game. It’s a huge game here for us and the people of the city.” “We have to make sure that we give a performance like we did against Benfica: with everything.”

“If we lose to Sunderland we need to make sure we give at least that, because that’s what they expect, and the same for Sunderland fans.” “Someone will be disappointed, I’m sure.”

“Even if it’s a draw it might be a last minute draw or whatever, like that year when I thought they perhaps just edged it and we got a goal towards the end.” “It’s a tight game but we’re really looking forward to it. We’re in good shape and hopefully we can get three points.”

“We’re in good form, I think. We’ve got some players coming back that make us a little bit stronger and I think it’s a tough game for Sunderland.”

Alan Pardew has been cagey about who is fit in the Newcastle squad, and who isn’t, so we will assume Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote and Mathieu Debuchy are all fit, and they could all start – and this could be the side that Alan starts tomorrow afternoon against our  local rivals:

Debuchy Taylor (S) Yanga-Mbiwa Haidara
Gouffran Cabaye (c) Tiote Gutierrez
Subs: Elliot Williamson Anita Perch Ben Arfa Marveaux Ameobi (Sh)

That’s a strong starting eleven and maybe the strongest bench we’ve had this season.

Sunderland have trouble scoring goals, especially with Steven Fletcher out for the season, and  it will be important for our lads to keep a clean sheet – and then we’ll need one goal to get all 3 points – and we’d be happy enough with a 1-0 win.

And 92% of our readers think we’ll win this game, so anything else will be a huge disappointment – and the results today in the Premier League all went our way.

And all 3 points tomorrow and we’ll be flying and in 11th place, and only a couple of points behind 9th placed Swansea City.

A top 10 finish is something we have to fight for in these last six games of the season, and a win tomorrow would be a good start.

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44 comments so far

  • hatem786

    Apr 13, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #1


  • hatem786

    Apr 13, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #2


  • kevymartins

    Apr 13, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #3

    I can see a 6-0 win with 4 off them scored in the gallowgate end. Just hope they don’t park the bus with this new manager and all but hey are team is looking pretty unstoppable these days.

  • digman50

    Apr 13, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Desperate to go to the West Brom away game but I’m not an ST holder so I can’t get them! Is there any chance anyone’s willing to share their’s so I can go? Anyone willing to help a fellow Mag!?

  • Dingo†®

    Apr 13, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #5

    3-1… done n dusted




    Apr 13, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #6


    he ment qpr = rangers 😛

  • croftus5678

    Apr 13, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #7

    goofy with 2 and cisse with 1 3-1 to the toon 🙂

  • Dingo†®

    Apr 13, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #8

    HWTL even



    Apr 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Nervous, excited, worried and a little tiny bit expectant

    Gonna be like that all the way up until KO then for 2 hours after that

  • MosesNUFC

    Apr 13, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #10

    If sunderland turn up complacent, commit too many men forward and play a bit nervy, then i can see us hammering them 4-0 as long as we turn up. But they will probably turn up with an underdog attitude, getting 10 men behind the ball and play counter. We cannot let them score first because thats when we seem to get desperate. If we score first then they will just crumble.
    My prediction: 3-0 cisse brace and shola coming on to slay them once more!

  • jimmysmith

    Apr 13, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Ed, that team with HBA on for Gouffran in the 2nd half and we are as close to our strongest 11 as I’ve seen this season.

    Could only be improved with Santon in for Haidarra possibly and Colo at centre back, but it’s six of one, half dozen the other it seems to me.

    What a clash in prospect. Utterly superb!!!

  • wynsleap

    Apr 13, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #12

    The strength of a team is indicated by the quality of its bench and the one you mention looks pretty impressive Ed.
    Bring Marveaux and Benny on for the second half when weariness sets in and we should be out of sight by the end of 90 minutes.
    Just got a feeling Ben Arfa is going to be the one we’ll all be talking about after the game.

  • lordjoesnow

    Apr 13, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Hugo Viana just won the league cup with Braga. We’re still waiting for ours

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Apr 13, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Look if we cant beat Sunderland 2moro we deserve to go down no excuses they are shite!!!If it was not for Mignolet they would already be down we need to get right in about them from the start like the home game against Chelsea where we hounded them out of possession every time they had the ball

    They will crumble and just play long balls up to Wickham whenever we pressure them

    The game all depends on how we set up and play if we sit back it could give them a little hope and they may nick a goal and park the bus we have a better team by a mile so we should be gutting teams like this NO MORE NEGATIVE TACTICS AT HOME!!

  • Jamiemac

    Apr 13, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Going back to the previous thread…

    My favourite match of last season was west brom away when we won 3-1. Ben arfa, ba and cisse were deadly up front that game in the 4-3-3. I dream for us reproducing that performance..

    skip to 1:50

  • croftus5678

    Apr 13, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #16

    on paper we beat them hands down as we have our full team with every player better than them ! but its a darby game and one imo we must win to keep fans on side and and to secure prem footy next season.

    they will not be push overs though and will want to win for there new manager.

    comon you tooooon.

  • bringbackemre

    Apr 13, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #17

    Does anyone think that gutierez would be worth trying up top . Obviously not as the main man expected to put them away just for when we cant get it to stick up there used the way ameobi is. Hes great with the ball in tight situation an holding off defenders .I dont think be able to keep up with the pace anymore in midfield as hes lost that yard and a bit of mobility ..

  • croftus5678

    Apr 13, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #18


    think after his last 3-4 apearances he’s deserved to be in the first team against sunderland as he’s improved a hell of a lot and is no longer a liability.

    with the new signings in the summer though i would not expect anything apart from squad cover from him though .
    and hairdryer is our best lb imo and deb’s our best rb

  • Jamiemac

    Apr 13, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #19

    The team that day (see previous comment) was far worse than our team now. It’s so frustrating we’ve performed nowhere near that level this season.

  • sissoko-is-a-beast

    Apr 13, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #20

    My team for tomorrow:

    Ben Arfa-Cisse-Marv

    Ben arfa won’t be able to play the whole game so put the mackem slayer on at 60 mins to finish them off

  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Apr 13, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #21

    i would be tempted to go 433 with jonas as cm, i always think he looks good playing there.

    cabs sissoko jonas
    hba cisse marv


  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Apr 13, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #22


    pardew tried jonas up top in his first few games after carroll was sold, he did quite well but we slated him for it!

  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Apr 13, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Ajax central defender Toby Alderweireld has hinted that he will move to Liverpool after saying they meet his criteria, despite being a ‘mid-table club’. The Belgian is likely to leave in the summer, and Liverpool are now mooted as favourites for his signature.

    The central defender said, “Usually I do not want to play for an English club that’s in mid-table. But, unlike Newcastle, Liverpool meet my [other] criteria

    what a dick lol

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 13, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Very much looking forward tomorrow and no matter what team pardew picks I think it will be good enough to do the job.

    They are missing three key men in fletcher, cattermole and Gardner.

    I don’t get the love for Jonas though. Sure he has improved but I don’t think he brings anything to the side other than work rate.

    Marv, benny and goofy are better than him wide currently.

    We have better centre mids than him.

    And we have better left backs than him.

    He has worked hard for us recently but other than him starting to do the basics like control the ball and play a simple pass, which all pros should be able to do, I don’t get what he does. Not trying to be negative just how I see him.

    He isn’t a danger to play, just think there’s a lot better options.

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 13, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #25

    Tomorrow it’s either




  • santonthenewmaldini

    Apr 13, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #26

    @Cisse’s Big toe

    Wonder what his other criteria is?!?

    Could be in reference to the way they are trying to play football but if Suarez goes in the summer they will be screwed so it could go boobs up for him !!

    I think us next season with a fully fit squad and the addition of a few other players may actually finish above Liverpool as teams will figure out how to stop the rat next year or he will be playing in Bayern colours !

  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Apr 13, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #27

    haidara looks like hes gonna be a top top left back. i would say we are another cb if colo goes, a cm, striker and winger away from a top top squad

  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Apr 13, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #28

    and tomorrow shola is gonna have a top top game and we are gonna have a top top win over the mackems 😀

  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 13, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #29


    Suarez will go. He wants to play top level and is more than capable. Bayern won’t stand still, they will buy and Suarez is exactly the forward guardiola wants, very messi like just not the same level.

    Without him Liverpool will be nothing, he is involved in the majority of their goals in some way.

  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 13, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #30

    I would love to see Remy at the Toon. Watching MOTD and he is excellent.

  • NUFCarter

    Apr 13, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #31

    Wouldnt mind nufc signing andros townsend. He dribbled past players 14 times against wigan [prem record] and hes only 21. He’ll be a great replacement for obertan. And he looks a bit like him too. Just with hair 🙂

  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 13, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #32

    Carter; he just has his hair. Definitely a sunroof opening.

  • croftus5678

    Apr 13, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #33

    nvm other teams and there players staying or going its how we do that counts.

    a striker is an absolute must and nvm someone who can play with cisse ! we just need a main goalscoring striker.

    then there is a winger or 2 esp on the left wing and a replacement for collo.

  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Apr 13, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #34

    we could do with a big strong physical striker like lukaku or benteke

  • hatemorloveit

    Apr 13, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #35

    I just wanted to say sissoko shouldt play as a number 10 anymore, its quite frustrating

  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Apr 13, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #36

    cabaye to man u the latest rumour. got to say it would make sense. ive said he would be a perfect fit for them for a while now, hes been loking a little disinterested, armband a ploy to get him to stay?

  • lesh

    Apr 13, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Kevym @3…. Be realistic man – 6 – 0, c’mon. Let’s make it 6 – 1. Give the mackems a bit of credit, they might just fluke one.

  • lesh

    Apr 13, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #38

    Aw, bollocks, let’s make it seven and make a day of it. We could if we played like we did second half against Benfica.

  • Cisse's Big Toe

    Apr 13, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #39

    sold 4 0 tomorrow cisse 2 cabaye 1 shola 1

  • lesh

    Apr 13, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #40

    Maybe the most important of Alderweireld’s criteria is money and we know just how free the bindippers are with that!”


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