Preview: Sunderland v Newcastle


Sunday's meeting the 151st between the Black Cats and the Magpies.

Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby will mark the 151st meeting between the north-east’s fiercest rivals since their first head to head on Christmas Eve 1898.

Gus Poyet will take charge of his first home game since becoming Sunderland's head coach at the start of October and he’ll look to become the second Black Cats boss to defeat Newcastle in his first home game in charge. The Uruguayan will hope to repeat the feat of the first, Robert Kyle, who led Sunderland to a 3-2 victory at Roker Park on the opening day of the 1905-06 season.

It's five years to the week since Djibril Cisse and Kieran Richardson scored to give the Black Cats their last victory over the Magpies on Wearside with Poyet looking to replicate his predecessor Paolo Di Canio in defeating the Tynesiders in his second game in charge.

Poyet’s counterpart Alan Pardew is yet to defeat the Uruguayan on the four occasions that the two have gone head to head in the dugout. In fact, Poyet’s first game as Brighton manager returned a 3-1 victory against Pardew’s Southampton in November 2009.

Sunderland’s new head coach was once described by former England manager Sir Bobby Robson as ‘the scourge of Newcastle’ after scoring more goals against the Magpies than any other club during his playing career in England – his six goals against the Tynesiders during his time with Chelsea and Spurs were only matched by the half-dozen he scored against Derby County.

Fabio Borini, who is looking to register his first goal for Sunderland, scored his last goal for his parent club Liverpool in a 6-0 win against Newcastle at St. James’ Park in April.

The Magpies will be without defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa who will serve a one match ban after being sent off in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool whilst Ryan Taylor remains Newcastle’s only long-term absentee.

The hosts have a clean bill of health for the eagerly anticipated derby and there are still a limited number of tickets available for Sunday’s clash.

A win for Sunderland would be their 50th against the Magpies in all competitions whilst Newcastle are searching for their 54th success over the Black Cats in a meeting which has also produced 48 draws.

Tickets are priced from £15 for under 16s, £26 for over 65s and £32 for adults and are available from the ticket hotline 0871 911 1973, online or from the Sunderland AFC ticket office (opening hours below).

Thursday         9am – 5:30pm

Friday              9am – 5:30pm

Saturday         10am – 1pm     

Sunday            10am – kick-off (1:30pm).