Well it’s here. Earlier than expect but nonetheless it’s here all the same.
A very early 12pm kick-off will signal yet another instalment of the big one round these parts. The Tyne-Wear derby is upon us once again.
Of course much of the pressure to get a result is on Sunderland. In their own words they are “light years” ahead of us, much like they were last season when they gained just a solitary point from the two meetings between the two sides. Froth and foam will be in copious supply at the Stadium of Light this afternoon as the locals desperately scrabble for some kind of payback for the embarrassment and lessons dished out by the boys in black and white last season.
Of course Newcastle aren’t without pressure of their own. I have a feeling that a negative result will see tensions boil over as a result of what has been a frustrating and tense transfer window thus far. A loss at Sunderland will give some the excuse they have been waiting for to let rip and we could see some real signs of unrest starting to come to the surface more than what they already are.
It’s finely poised if you ask me. The bookies can’t separate the two sides and you can get much the same price for a Sunderland win, Newcastle win, or a draw. Neither side look to be prolific in front of goal and both sides have new players that are still adjusting to life at their new club. Let’s hope our boys can adjust quicker than those lot. Keep it tight for half hour, shut their gurning rabble of a fanbase up, and take it from there.
It will be a full house, but remember they only come to see United!
In terms of build up you can read my match preview ramblings where I take a stab at selecting the team and formation, highlight any fitness and injury concerns aswell as pick out some handy stats about the match in general and about both teams. You can have a read of that by clicking here.
Have a look below for team news. If the substitutes aren’t named just bear with us as sometimes it can take a bit longer to track them down. They matchday 18 will be there for both sides as son as I can get my paws on it.
In terms of streams there are plenty knocking about by the looks of it so I’m quite optimistic about being able to view the match online. In fact a quick look at MyP2P website shows that there are plenty to pick and choose from. Combine that with other sites and I’d say we’ll be fine for viewing it. I’d still rather be at the game though…
That is just about it really. Let’s hope we can come away from the Village of the Damned with at least a point to show for our efforts. Taking a point off them in their own back yard would easily hand us the early season bragging right ahead of the reprisal at St James’ Park early next year. Nothing less than 100% effort, application and dedication will do!
Howay the lads!
Sunderland: Simon Mignolet, Phil Bardsley, Kieran Richardson, Anton Ferdinand, Wes Brown, Lee Cattermole, Seb Larsson, Jack Colback, Ahmed Elmohamady, Stephane Sessegnon, Asamoah Gyan
Subs: Kieran Westwood, Titus Bramble, Craig Gardner, Connor Wickham, David Vaughan, Louie Laing, Ji Dong Won
Newcastle: Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Joey Barton, Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi
Subs: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Leon Best, Dan Gosling, Demba Ba, Peter Lovenkrands, Sylvain Marveaux