Sunderland vs Newcastle – Match Preview


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Newcastle were disgraced last time we played Sunderland, when the lads put in a pathetic performance at St. James’ Park in April, and we went down 3-0, which was one of Newcastle’s worst ever defeats by Sunderland on home soil.

So we are hoping Newcastle can make it up to their fans,  and come away with a win at the Stadium of Light today.

Sunderland are rock bottom of the Premier League with just one point from the first 24 played for, so at least on paper Newcastle should win this game, but every Premier League game, and these derby games in particular are always difficult, but we have to come away with something today.

Newcastle may have a problem in central defense, with captain Fab Coloccini nursing a groin injury he picked up while on International duty, , and though there is a chance he could play today, we think Alan Pardew will hold him back for the two home games coming up soon – at home to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, and Chelsea at home next Saturday in the league.

So it’s three tough games on the tort for Newcastle before next Sunday.

Steven Taylor has been back in training this week, and all being well he will come in alongside Mike Williamson in central defense, and Mike’s been in good form recently.

And if Steven doesn’t make it,  then we could see another local lad, Paul Dummett, play in his very first north-east derby game, and we think Paul can get the job done if he plays.

We’re not sure what the situation is with Jonas Gutierrez, who went back to Argentina to handle a personal problem, but we’ll assume he’s back at Newcastle and available for selection today.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is suspended for this game, after being sent off against Liverpool, but he will be available for Wednesday and Manchester City.

With the excellent performance last Saturday against Liverpool at home, we don’t expect Alan Pardew will make many changes, and this is the team we think Newcastle will field today:

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Debuchy Williamson Taylor (S) Santon
Tiote (c) Cabaye Sissoko
Gouffran Ben Arfa Remy
Subs: Elliot Dummett Anita Gutierrez Marveaux Ameobi (Sh) Cisse

That’s a good team and a very strong bench for today’s game.

What would your team be for today?

Some changes to that team could be Cisse in at centre-forward for Ben Arfa, and Paul Dummett in for Steven – if Taylor isn’t fit enough to play today.

This is what Alan has said on the Newcastle web-site today about this game:

“It’s Gus’s first home game as manager of Sunderland so there’ll be an extra special atmosphere there and we need to be prepared for that.”

“Hopefully we will. We’ve got a good side, I think we’ve got a very attacking side, and I think we’re good to watch when we’re in full flow. Hopefully we can bring that to the surface on Sunday.”

“They’ve got one point, so there’s a lot of pressure on them, but I think they’ve got good players. It’s always difficult at the Stadium of Light.”

“I’ve seen two games this year and I thought they did okay – they were a little bit unfortunate certainly not to beat Fulham on the opening day.”

“So they’ve certainly got the standard to stay up. But if we can win, we’ll put them in a difficult position and obviously that’s what we want to do: win for ourselves.

“Any result there will be a good result in my opinion – a draw or a win – but being what we come off from the last game, we want to win if we can.”

In our poll 73% think we’ll win this game, and that’s the biggest percentage since we played at home to Hull City, when 85% expected a win, but we somehow managed to lose that game 3-2.

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A draw or a win, as Alan Pardew mentions, would be a good result today, but if Newcastle are as good as we think they are, the lads should be able to come away with all 3 points today.

Here’s hoping.



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123 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 27, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #1

    puppet pardew still spouting crap,

    he lost us the game last year because he is a looser , he fails to fire fire his team up, he fails to set them up right ,

    I watched Southampton yesterday , wow, we should move heaven and earth to get him as our manager, he would work wonders with our squad ,

    also , Gus has had them nearly 2 weeks now, they just got humped by Swansea , he will fire them up today

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 27, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #2

    catchy in norway

    isn’t Pardew’s speech the same when he commented about PDC? it sounds very familiar

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 27, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #3

    lose or draw is not acceptable today win is the only option in my books

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Oct 27, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    last para of this article.

    A draw or a win, as Alan Pardew mentions, would be a good result today, but if Newcastle are as good as we think they are, the lads should be able to come away with all 3 points today.

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  • MosesNUFC

    Oct 27, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5

    catchy in norway, shut up. Pardew has got us playing very good football and set us up perfectly against liverpool. If we hadn’t got a man sent off we would of won. if we play like we did against liverpool we will win. Oh yeah, and did you know that we’re top of the premier league in terms of most passes leading to goals?

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  • Mo Drysdale

    Oct 27, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Krul

    Taylor Williamson Collo
    Debuchy Santon
    Tiote
    Cabaye Sissoko
    Ben Arfa
    Remy

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 27, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Moses
    I think your a bit dilluded mate, while I think we got a great point v Liverpool , that is exactly what pardew wanted, he did not set the team up to win , more not to loose, we played with no forwards 6 in midfield,
    again he showed no faith in us as an attacking force,

    if you like facts , we have the 3rd worst defence in the prem , now you do the math , you can pass the ball all you like but if you don’t score what’s the point,
    and that’s the point most don’t seem to get on here , I read all the time we are playing with the ball on the grind now , but we score less goals , hmmm tricky one that ,
    we look weak all over the pitch , yet I think out squad is strong enough to be top 8 with ease

    today there will be some crazy decision that goes against us so that he can pin the blame on it

    kind of sad that he blamed the QF on the lose last year

    what a prick

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 27, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Dummet for Saylor any day, i’ll be very disappointed if Saylor starts ahead of Dummet today

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #9

    I can see jonas stating today, one of Pardews best soldiers

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  • Graeme

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Moses, spot on mate.

    We played well agains the Fool, they were on a roll and we stopped them – they were back on their roll yesterday, played some really nice football and won comfortably with Saurez hitting 3!!

    Pardew got it right last weekend and I expect him to get it right today. We will win today either 1-2 or 1-3.

    If we can get at them from the off, get in there faces, force them backwards, the in-breds will soon be baying for their blood and I can see their heads dropping. If that happens we could bag more than 3 and inprove our goal difference!! Bring it on.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #11

    i wouldn’t play Saylor and Jonas today they haven’t proved themselves worthy of a start, but i would play Cisse though since HBA hasn’t been on form so i would give Cisse 1 last chance to prove his worth and if he doesn’t time to sell him on.

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  • scout

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #12

    0-4
    Remy 8,27
    Cabaye 56
    Gouffran 88

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #13

    I am counting on Sunderland not scoring today 🙂

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #14

    iv’e got 3-1 with Remy, Cabaye & Sissoko on the score sheet.

    Gus Poyet for the only goal for the mackems today lol 🙂

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #15

    Jesper
    0-0 ?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #16

    Catchy
    You said your biggest problems with pardew were that he never admits fault, plays defensively and never drops his favourite….

    He’s changed all 3 this season
    He’s held his hands up over past performance’s
    We’re much much more attacking now
    Not one of his so called favourites has featured when fit

    You keep bleating on about only being set up to draw against Liverpool, were you on crack during that game?
    We attacked them from the off and matched them all over the park, even when mbiwa got sent off we still pushed for a goal, and got it

    By all means critise when it’s called for but don’t just make up sh*t to try and back a point, especially when it’s little more than a one sided opinion being passed off as fact!
    Now please, it’s derby day, the most exciting day of the season, so either get involved with the excitement or shut the fcuk up!
    By all means come on whinging if we lose but to claim poyet can get that rabble of shite playing well enough to beat us after 2 weeks is down right stupid

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #17

    catchy…truth to be told Pardew is a very inconsistant manager – for every game like the one against Liverpool this season there is a game just like the one against Liverpool last season!

    …just don’t think Sunderland will score 🙂 whether we will or not remains to be seen!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #18

    And why the hell are you 2 banging on about guti the blokes not even in the country ffs!

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #19

    is it me or does today seem to be dragging? i bet it’s because the clock got turned back.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #20

    Derby games are very unpredictable!

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #21

    tads

    am I on crack???

    we had control of the game v Liverpool , but we did not attack that often , or at least get near there box, he packed the MF and stopped them playing
    as for us being more attack minded , no we are not, we don’t create many more chances than last year,
    I think it’s you that has been smoking the crack my friend, just because he says he is setting the team up more attack minded does not mean he is,
    stop believing what he says and open your eyes ,

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #22

    Catchy
    We didn’t attack them??
    Cabaye, debuchy and remy all had chances in the opening 20, we had countless more chances in the first half, if you issue is we didn’t attack more after going down to 10 men then your seriously deluded

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #23

    tads…you need to accept defeat as well sometimes. Things are not always as you see it!

    …we played very well against Liverpool, but we didn’t have more two players in and around the box as always.

    And when Mbiwa got sent of we didn’t really hqve any which made our counters unsuccesful.

    You need to remember that we all learn from even good and bad games. Criticism is not a negative thing unless you choose to precive it so!

    Now btring on the game 🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #24

    Jesper
    So the only way attacking football is perceived by you is by simply flooding the box?
    We just ignore the speed in which were countering at the moment then? The more mobile and positive midfield? The wingers cutting in?
    Just ignore that because Jesper and catchy see it differently, it’s not defeat Jesper it’s your opinion, so tell me why do I need to accept a an opinion based on little more than a dislike for the manager exactly?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #25

    Does anybody know how much Pardew is on?

    …just read that rumours has it Pulis want £ 2M a year to become Palace’s new manager!

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #26

    jesperfuglsang – captain of the lemon crew

    i don’t think any 1 knows exactly how much he’s on

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #27

    tads…but you don’t seem to hold back at explsining eceryone else how it is?

    yes it is all opinions, but isn’t mine or Catchy’s just ad valid?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #29

    *as

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #30

    tads

    come on , we were shooting from distance , Liverpool did not let us near there box , as Jesper says , one or two players max in and around the box
    HBA was as isolated as Cisse is , goofy and remmy both dropped very deep to help the defence

    if anything I thought we were a better attacking team playing counter attack football when we went down to 10, we broke with more purpose , remmy was greedy when Anita was almost square to him and had a better chance

    as for jonas being in arg , so was colo and he is out until Xmas , Pardews words not mine , now where is colo ???

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #31

    jesperfuglsang – captain of the lemon crew

    but saying that could it not be also 2 million or just over 2 million a year considering 10 million would be paid out if he got the sack?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #32

    B&W…bet it is not £ 2M! I don’t even think Laudrup is getting that much?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #33

    B&W…do wr k,ow what Pardew would get if he got the sack?

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  • magpie6699

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #34

    I’ve been trying to remember why I came home from the Liverpool game buzzing. Was it because we’d gained a fantastic point against a form team near the top of the EPL who had all their stars available? Maybe it was because we’d played with heart, passion, organisation and no little skill even with 10 men against 11? Or was it because we’d scored two great goals?
    Silly me, I should have remembered we have a useless manager who cost us the game by playing for a draw…

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #35

    *do we know

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #36

    jesperfuglsang – captain of the lemon crew

    like i said on post 26 i don’t think any 1 knows

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  • yo-yo

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #37

    catchy

    You’re spouting b****oxs as usual. Get your facts right if you’re going to criticise. Glass half empty as usual, scapegoat as usual, negative as usual

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #38

    B&W…just thought it was a lot of money Pulis was asking for 🙂

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #39

    jesperfuglsang – captain of the lemon crew

    aye mate he probably thinks he’s an world class manager like Pardew 😉

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Oct 27, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #40

    jesperfuglsang – captain of the lemon crew

    saying that mate wasn’t palace after Pardew as well? i’m sure i heard somewhere that palace wanted Pardew.

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