Sunderland vs Newcastle United: Match Preview

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Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Brown, Ferdinand, Richardson, Larsson, Colback, Sessegnon, Cattermole, Elmohamady, Gyan
Substitutes: Westwood, Bramble, Laing, Vaughan, Gardner, Wickham, Ji

Newcastle United: Krul, Simpson, R Taylor, S Taylor, Coloccini, Tiote, Obertan, Cabaye, Barton, Gutierrez, Ameobi
Substitutes: Harper, Williamson, Gosling, Marveaux, Lovenkrands, Best, Ba

Sunderland vs Newcastle United

Stadium of Light

Saturday, August 20th: 12:00

Barclays Premier League

Team news

Black Cats striker Asamoah Gyan will be available again after shaking off an ankle problem that saw him forced off against Liverpool last weekend.

John O'Shea, who is yet to make his debut following his move from Manchester United, is rated as 50/50 for the clash.

Newcastle may be able to field Sylvain Marveaux for the first time since joining the club, while Shane Ferguson is also available but could be forced to fill in at left-back after the sale of Jose Enrique.

Pardew backs under-fire Barton

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has backed Joey Barton to come out of his corner fighting after a week of criticism following the club's draw with Arsenal.

Barton was involved in the incident that saw Gunners striker Gervinho sent off at St James' Park and was also subject to a stamp by midfielder Alex Song, for which both players received a three-match ban.

However, Barton went unpunished, and his manager is expecting his reputation to go before upon the club's visit to Sunderland on Saturday.

“Joey has been in the press a fair bit this week – more than Joey would have liked and more than I would have liked – but the other thing they’ll be focussing on, of course, is that he’s a very very good player and they’ll need to stop him.

“Probably that’s more of a worry for Steve [Bruce], I should think. But I’ve got no qualms about throwing Joey in there, no doubt at all.

Pardew has made no secret of the fact that the club are still searching for a replacement for Jose Enrique, as well as an additional striker to bolster the squad before the transfer window slams shut at the end of the month.

Despite bids being lodged for Erik Pieters and Sochaux forward Modibo Maiga, Pardew confirmed that no news names would be recruited before the weekend.

“The left-back situation, it’s a week down the line and the plan we had went straight into action, but of course everybody knows we need a left-back and it’s being made difficult not by us, but by other clubs," Pardew added.


"We have to make sure we reach an agreement with the other club that is right for them and right for us. That’s where we are really.

“There’s a lot of stuff come out about him (Maiga) being on strike and stuff and we can’t condone that, but in terms of us we have put a bid in for the player.

“I can only reassure people that not only have we tried to secure players, but we’re trying to secure a couple of players we have in the building."

One man who has had little trouble drafting in new names over the summer is Steve Bruce, who brought in 10 new faces during an overhaul of the Black Cats squad.

A new era at Sunderland began with an impressive draw with Liverpool at Anfield on the opening day, but Bruce was only able to name three of his new signings in the starting XI.

Despite the impressive draw with Kenny Dalglish's side, Bruce admits changes are possible.

“There might be a bit of tinkering with the plans between now and kick-off, but I’d pretty much decided the team when we began our preparations after the weekend,” he said.

“I think people were a little bit surprised that I didn’t include more of my new signings at Liverpool, but I thought it was important to give chances to the players that served the club so well on so many occasions last season and got us a top-half finish despite all the injuries.

“One of the hardest jobs in management is simply trying to pick the right team and they were decisions I did not take lightly before the Liverpool game – there were some tough ones to make."

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