Well would you believe it – the Newcastle U21 team will meet Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in the round of the last 16 of the Checkatrade trophy.
The League One club will likely play their full strength team to ensure the Newcastle youngsters don’t beat them – since that would be a considerable embarrassment.
Ben Dawson will play the strongest team he can put out, and he’s allowed two senior players if he wants to do that.
Ben Dawson – Manager of the Newcastle U21 side
It’s interesting the U23 side team have hammered Sunderland U23s 5-0 this season already.
The game will be played in early January, and it’s likely to attract a large Newcastle contingent of fans to see if our youngsters can beat Sunderland’s first team.
It’s certainly possible, but it will be a stern test for Newcastle.
Sunderland have nothing to gain from this fixture and will hope they can make it through to the quarter-finals.
Sunderland are currently in an automatic promotion position in League One in second place with 40 points from 19 games played: they are four points behind leaders Portsmouth.
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