Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has just named his team for the Tyne-Wear derby at the Stadium of Light this afternoon and as expected it’s unchanged from the side that won 6-2 against Norwich City last Sunday.
Newcastle will continue to play in a 4-4-2 formation this afternoon.
Sunderland: (4-2-3-1): Costel Pantilimon; DeAndre Yedlin, Younes Kaboul, John O’Shea, Billy Jones; Lee Cattermole, Yann M’Vila; Adam Johnson, Ola Toivonen, Jeremain Lens; Steven Fletcher
Substitutes: Vito Mannone, Patrick van Aanholt, Sebastian Coates, Sebastian Larsson, Jordi Gomez, Duncan Watmore, Jermain Defoe
Newcastle (4-4-2): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Jack Colback, Georginio Wijnaldum; Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Massadio Haidara, Jamaal Lascelles, Vurnon Anita, Siem de Jong, Florian Thauvin, Papiss Cisse
Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)
Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez will again be up front and let’s hope those two – plus Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko – play as well as they did last time out.
Bit it’s our defense that is vulnerable – as it has been for the last three seasons – and we have to hope they are a lot better than against Norwich City.
This is what Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren said about this game last this week:
“It’s good to see Sam again and good to see him back in the game so quickly,”
“Sam is an experienced manager who does a very good job at every club he goes to but I’m hoping it will take him at least a few weeks to find his feet at Sunderland.”
“He will come in and feels he’s got a fresh start at Sunderland, but we are just focusing on what we can do and not worrying about the opponent or the manager.”
“Whoever the manager is, it’s the Premier League, it’s the biggest league in the world and each game is massively important.”
“We don’t know anything about the previous five games and neither do half the players,”
“We’re here to break history and tradition and we’re here to prepare and win the next game and that’s what we’ll be doing.”
“I don’t think there are any favourites in this game. It’s a derby game so form goes out of the window – it’s a cliché but it’s true.”
“It’s going to be difficult but we know their players very well and whatever the system and whatever their style of play, we know it’s going to be tough.”
“The main message we have for the players is to focus on their performance and doing their jobs properly.”
“Our message to the fans is that we’re focused on winning this game for them. What we want to do is focus on getting the result we want.”
“If we do that I’ll be absolutely delighted – not just for our players but especially for the fans.”
We really need to win this game this afternoon.
Howay The Lads!!