SAFC v Liverpool

Team news from the SoL

by Stuart Vose

O'Neill names unchanged side.

Martin O'Neill has named an unchanged starting line-up for this afternoon's Wear-Tyne derby against Newcastle United.

Craig Gardner (pictured) continues at right back with Phil Bardsley returning to the bench after regaining full fitness.

Meanwhile top scorer Steven Fletcher is up front, supported by Stephane Sessegnon and wingers Adam Johnson and James McClean.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, O'Shea (C), Cuellar, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher.

Subs: Bardsley, Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Saha, Westwood.

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Santon, Coloccini (C), Williamson, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Sh Ameobi, Ba.

Subs: Anita, Cisse, Perch, Obertan, Taylor, Ferguson, Harper.