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Newcastle and Sunderland to play closed-door 'friendly'

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As we saw in Argentina just recently with a friendly between Boca Juniors and River Plate erupting into chaos, could history be about to repeat itself in England? More specifically, the North-East?

Arch-rivals Newcastle and Sunderland are set to meet in a 'friendly' behind-closed-doors this week at the Stadium of Light, it has been reported by the Sun.

The paper claims the two clubs have decided to agree to arrange a 'practice match' between the two sides to help them both with the pace of the Premier League in their fight for survival.

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The game, which is surprising enough already, can only add to the further amazement of all football fans as the two teams have a Tyne-Wear derby at St James' Park in just seven weeks.

Both managers, Sam Allardyce and Steve McClaren are said to be keen for their squads to get the extra match practice in, and with this weekend being an FA Cup weekend, it seems the best time for the clubs to arrange the 'friendly' - as both were dumped out of the competition in the previous round.

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Both teams are expected to play their strongest line-ups in the fixture, including the arrivals of their new signings and making sure they are up to speed with the energy levels required. Newcastle's provisional line-up has reportedly nine senior players included in the one-off game.

One man who could benefit from the game being behind-closed-doors is new Sunderland goalkeeper Steve Harper, who joined the Black Cats last week from Hull, having spent 20 years with the Toon previously.

Both teams will be hoping for a good game where tempers don't flare to the extent Boca-River tie which saw five players sent off.

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