Newcastle United: Alnwick; Janmaat, Coloccini (c), S.Taylor, Dummett; Sissoko, Colback, Tiote; Gouffran, Perez, Ameobi
Subs: Woodman, Haidara, Williamson, Cabella, Armstrong, Riviere, Cisse
Sunderland: Pantilimon, Vergini, Reveillere, O’Shea (c), Brown, Cattermole, Larsson, Gomez, Johnson, Wickham, Fletcher
Subs: Bridcutt, Rodwell, Altidore, Alvarez, Coates, Buckley, Mannone
Head to head
The Tyne-Wear derby is keenly poised, with Newcastle having won 53 competitive encounters, Sunderland 50, with 49 draws. The wind has been in Newcastle’s favour since 2000, despite a woeful record in the last ten derbies: 2 wins, 4 draws and 4 defeats, despite including the memorable 5-1 win on Halloween 2010.