Prediction From Former Newcastle Manager – Liverpool Legend

Former Newcastle manager Graeme Souness is now a Sky Sports pundit and he offers up a prediction for Sunday’s Sunderland-Newcastle derby game at the Stadium of Light.

Graeme was manager of Newcastle from September of 2004 when he replaced the sacked Sir Bobby Robson and lasted through February of 2006 when Glenn Roeder (then the Youth Academy Director) took over as interim manager before being given the job on a permanent basis.

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Graeme Souness when manager of Newcastle

This is what Graeme has written about the game for Sky Sports:

“The two teams are not playing with a great deal of confidence, but after beating Norwich 6-2, Newcastle will think they have turned the corner.” 

“For the first time this year, their supporters enjoyed their weekend and the players emerged with credit.”

“Sunderland failed to get the bounce from a new manager at West Brom last week and will be hoping it starts this weekend.”

“With all of that in mind, I might sit on the fence on this one and call it a draw between two nervous teams,” 

Graeme is sitting on the fence with that one – but we suppose both teams would be happy enough with a draw – we both have so few points after nine games played – only nine points in total between us.


We hope we can get our second win in a row on Sunday and at the very least break Sunderland’s five game winning streak – which is embarrassing to us.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Oct 23, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out!

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 23, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Hippo heed certainly has a fetish with nufc.

    Never shuts his fat hippo mouth about us, it’s even worse since he’s been appointed the scums new hippo heed toy.

    I hope we play them off the park and gain some form of revenge for the last 5 embarrassing defeats but I’m going for a 0-0 or 1-1.

    On a side note – trying to justify our loss against sheff wed is a level sunk to I never knew existed. Absolutely pathetic so turn it in jibber jabber you little maggot.

  • manxpie

    Oct 23, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #3

    manxpie // Oct 23, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    ourtoon for me he was painfully slow and well of the pace of the game (which is understandable after being out so long) but he hasn’t been in form for years
    colback did a brilliant block on the edge of the box after busting a gut to get there which actually set up our break for our third goal
    im not a big fan of anita but i hope he starts instead of tiote for me he’ll be a liability the scum only need to wind up him and miti and there will be red cards lol

  • Our Toon

    Oct 23, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #4


    As you said he was off the pace because he wasn’t match fit. Well done to colback for getting the block in which led to the 3rd goal and I have no issue with colback starting because we have no one else but Anita doesn’t bring anything, nothing at all defensively or in way of attacking threat.

    As for players getting wound up, Tiote has played enough derby games and the red he got was harsh, every pundit thought so along with the vast majority of non pundits, but colback is more likely to get wound up seeing as he’s going back to play against the side he joined us from. I’ll repeat again, Tiote has the same amount of reds as Janmaat and Mitrovic in the prem, less than Colo and has picked up less bookings than Colback in an entire season. Tiote has played 122 league games and picked up 1 red card.

  • manxpie

    Oct 23, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #5

    aye ourtoon but a miss timed tackle is very likely and the crowd will be on the ref instantly not worth the risk for me especially as he wouldnt last even an hour anyways

  • Jib

    Oct 23, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #6

    thanx for trying to get me banned – love you xxx
    hope your little boy is ok , good job – anonimity rules 😎

  • Our Toon

    Oct 23, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #7


    For me it’s about the season and staying up in the prem, I’d rather give a player a game to increase his match fitness than to play a completely ineffective Anita and set back the defensive line by another week. It’s about the season as a whole rather than 1 game. In the 122 mins he’s picked up 48 yellows, in Colbacks 43 games he’s picked up 16 cards. They are averaging the same amount so does that mean we drop colback as well?

  • Our Toon

    Oct 23, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #8

    I honestly don’t see what Anita brings to the team, a midget lightweight midfielder who doesn’t tackle but can recycle possession by passing it 2 yards. Can’t shoot either

  • manxpie

    Oct 23, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #9

    jesus 48 cards in 2 hours of football! 🙂

    nah ofcourse not but just not this match anita has had a couple of games where he’s been good arsenal being one i remember but the main thing he is ready now put it this way i’ll be a lot more nervous if tiote is announced in the starting line up at 11am on sunday

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 23, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Hippo Heed. Ha! Priceless

    I really hope Tiote plays. We are so nondescript in the middle of the park wthout someone like him, and at 29 he can be a big player for us. He’s a player who perhaps has been moping a little, but in truth, we might be his best bet career wise anyway, at this stage of his career. Steve Black needs to be in his ear. We’ve got plenty of talented players, so just get stuck in, break up play and lay it off early and easy.

  • jane

    Oct 23, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #11

    hey tinman just see your tip for tonight what a crazy result in belgique, football can be so unpredictable!

  • sparky55

    Oct 23, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #12

    IMO Tiote should come on if at all during the 2nd half reversing what happened against Norwich.

    Start with the ninja and Anita and bring on tiote to shore things up once we’re two goals clear!

    I think we will play better football and will have more chance of creating opportunities with Anita and Colback starting the game in the middle.

    I think we’ll be playing a 4-5-1 / 4-4-1-1 starting with the same team except Anita for Tiote or possibly starting huh the same as last week but if SM does start with the same team I think it will be mistake.

    nervous times…we have to start positively and I think Sam will give us possession and suck us in and sucker punch us on the counterattack.

    We need to be very careful we don’t get carried away and commit too many men going forward….which isn’t easy with our midfield who all like to get forward.

    Sh1tting meself and talking b0ll0x hahahahaha

  • daffy

    Oct 24, 2015 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #13

    My prediction is Newcastle will lose – as usual

  • Our Toon

    Oct 24, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #14

    Fat Sam will bombard us with aerial balls, and Anita is 2ft tall. If he starts we lose!! Tiote has started 1 game and we’ve won it, Anita has started the 8 prior to last week and we’ve lost or drawn. Tbf I’ve barely noticed him on the pitch

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Oct 24, 2015 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #15

    I would play tioti & anita. I reckon they can compliment eachother. Anita could do with a powerful player to rough up oppositions, & tioti can do with tidy & quick passer. Does anybody remember when pardew used to play a 442 with sissoko & anita in centre, they worked in similar way. Soon after I believe p45 said anita was unlucky to be dropped. I think cabaye came back from injury

  • lesh

    Oct 24, 2015 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #16


    How much did you charge Souness to sit on your fence? Can anybody book a berth and if so, how long’s the waiting list?

  • lesh

    Oct 24, 2015 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #17

    Our Toon

    If Sam does bombard us with high balls, you can rest assured that the combination of Colo and Anita’ll deal with them, comfortably…

  • jayphoto

    Oct 24, 2015 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #18

    Sunderland don’t actually have much height up front! Limited pace too! Theyve got Borini, defoe or fletcher! as a club theyre a mess, surprise allardyce went there, they don’t really have the personnel to fit his style currently. It’ll be a dire game, they’ll play for the 0-0 / 1-0 hoping for set pieces like they did against West Brom.
    Reckon they’ll struggle with mitrovic and won’t know how to pick gini and perez up im guessing with kaboul getting drawn out of position numerous times

  • will die for the toon army

    Oct 24, 2015 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #19

    Since Colback is untouchable. I think I wld choose Tiote over Anita any day. As for a new CB, we have to b careful with our next buy coz it has to be a good one coz he will b for the future, I liked wat I saw Benedict Schalker 04 captain but in Carr we trust let’s hope he makes the right choice.
    Looking at the defence it looks like our future squad is almost complete. So that new CB signing is going to b very important for the future of the Club.

    RB: Janmatt(26), Mbabu(20)
    LB: Dummett(24), Haidara(23)
    CB: ?????????, Mbemba(21), Lasceles(21), Good(23), Sakta(19), Colo (33) – he will b leaving soon.
    I think Mcca will build with that.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 24, 2015 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #20

    At least there was no section of fans shouting for tiote to have a shot at goal against Norwich !!!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 24, 2015 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #21

    I actually really liked how McLaren put mbabu in at the deep end and he was doing well until his Injury !

    Colo will get “injured” soon enough so wonder if mbabu would get put in at centre half ?

    Would quite like to see a right wing of janmaat with mababu as the full back to see how that would go

  • will die for the toon army

    Oct 24, 2015 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #22

    If Colo is get injured with the way Mcca is crazy he will throw Lasceles in the deep end jst as u saw wat he did with Mbabu. He doesnt like altering positions.

  • daffy

    Oct 24, 2015 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #23

    What a clown

  • manxpie

    Oct 24, 2015 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #24

    jayphoto we scored nearly there whole total of goals this season last game infact against the team that spanked them 3-1 at home! plus we’ve had a far far far harder run of fixtures we should batter them im going for 3-0

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 24, 2015 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #25

    daffy – you are going to get your arses twanged on Sunday 3 -1.
    Now in the meantime get back into your Sunderland hovel.

  • TudorCrisps

    Oct 24, 2015 at 2:42 AM

    Comment #26

    lads nd lass’s get doon the bookies and stick this bet on 2 red cards, one in Newcastle derby and one in man u derby its nailed on

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 24, 2015 at 3:28 AM

    Comment #27

    Daffy, we’ll give you the last few seasons, when changing managers days before the derby has worked and your honeymoon period has saved you from relegation – just. But even the biggest optimist in Sunlun must realise that tactic can’t possibly keep working. Had you won last weekend, instead of losing to a very weak WBA side, then I might be nervous. Instead, we finally showed what we’re capable of doing against another side who comfortably beat you at home recently – Norwich – by winning 6-2. They beat you 1-3 remember? Double the score for us. Maybe that’s why you’re giving tickets away, being unable to sell them. Unable to sell tickets for a derby game – hilarious.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 24, 2015 at 5:45 AM

    Comment #28

    I think you’ve picked the wrong time to gloat this time sunshine, your goose is cooked, you’ve got a manager no e of you ever wanted and you all know in your hearts you are gone without a trace this year already and youse are shyting yourselves for Sunday. Bring it on.

  • sing in the corner

    Oct 24, 2015 at 6:03 AM

    Comment #29


    A typically incisive viewpoint from a member of the great unwashed,
    I don’t thimk we will lose. Not this time. All we need to do is take the game to Sunderland. We have more quality, more goals in us, better form where it counts. The only way to lose is to set up to defend first in my opinion

  • sing in the corner

    Oct 24, 2015 at 6:05 AM

    Comment #30

    * thimk = think. It’s early.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 24, 2015 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #31

    Better form :D, ha ha yes, statistically LLLLLW is better than LLLLLL

  • sing in the corner

    Oct 24, 2015 at 6:54 AM

    Comment #32


    Bit of positive spin there 🙂 Nah seriously I sort of meant Mitro starting to hit his straps and taking Perez Wij and Sissoko (hopefully) with him. Whereas Sunderland’s key players are ‘ordinary’

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 24, 2015 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #33

    That win last week was huge for loads of different reasons, some people knocked the performance but that was down to a lack of confidence from a team in a bit of a rut, scoring six with a few of your star men playing blinders should sort that issue out where as them lot were expecting a new manager effect against a poor W Brom and didn’t get it, if they’d won and we’d lost I’d be worried, they didn’t we didn’t and I’m not !

  • check the toastie

    Oct 24, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #34

    Wouldnt play either Tiote or Anita, both are poor unfortunately, Anita is soft and has no presence and Tiote is simply too slow in everything he does.

    Would play 433 with Colback holding, or 4141.


    Thauvin is not the dead end that folk think, he held his own when we went down to ten men against Arsenal, played great and think he could come good, throw him in, a good game against the Mackems could make the kid.

  • sing in the corner

    Oct 24, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #35

    Yes, precisely why we MUST go for the throat. Think we have to score first to bolster us and knife any confidence they can muster. Their fans will pile onto them building even more pressure on their players.
    We showed when we go forward with purpose we look like we will score goals. When we defend we look like a shower of sh*te. With the confidence of another win we can start to settle that down though.
    Then more personnel in in \january. Only surgery can fix our defence. The coaching improvements we hoped for there don’t seem to have sorted it at all

  • sing in the corner

    Oct 24, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #36


    I like that team but Thauvin isn’t ready for it yet from what I’ve seen. We can still attack effectively with a more orthodox 442 though. I’d worry about our left side with Thauvin advanced

  • lochinvar

    Oct 24, 2015 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #37

    Souness undecided then.
    Classic sign of yet another (ex) Manager with head in the sand syndrome – the sort of attitude that says ” prepare to fail” rather than ” prepare to win ”
    Let’s believe that Mclaren , Simpson , Black and co have adopted a different approach and at least are encouraging a “they don’t like it up em” , “all things are possible” , winning mentality.

  • Jib

    Oct 24, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #38

    I know it seems a paradox but teams that have a decent defense tend to concede a few penalties in a season , it’s a commitment and determination thing.
    There is not one penalty out of the 19 goals we have conceded in the league , in fact the only pen conceded this season was in the comfortable win against Northampton.
    I think this is a left over from previous coaches and I’m sure is being worked on .
    Sometimes in defense you just have to take risks and hope the ref views you favourably.


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