Kevin Ball

Youngsters handed Saints to start

by Stuart Vose

Development squad's fixture list confirmed.

Sunderland's development squad will kick off the new season at Southampton after the 2012-13 fixture list was released today. 

Kevin Ball's side will head to the south coast on the opening day of the new Barclays Under-21 Premier League, facing the Saints at their Staplewood training ground on Monday 20th August (KO 2.30pm). 

The young Black Cats will then host Watford at the Academy of Light seven days later with a 2pm kick-off. 

The two local derbies with Newcastle United occur within two months of each other, with the teams facing each other at the Sports Direct Arena on Tuesday 18th September (KO 7pm). 

The return fixture will again be held at the Stadium of Light, taking place on Monday 19th November, kicking off at 7pm. 

Fixtures have been confirmed up until mid-December with a further announcement to be made in the future.

Click here to view the 2012-13 fixture list so far. All dates, venues and kick-off times are subject to change.