Sunderland v Newcastle – Derby Day match preview

Same sort of thing again please
Come Sunday families will be divided, towns will be split and workplaces will resemble a cold war stand-off.

It’s the big one. It is the Tyne-Wear (or Wear-Tyne this time) derby!

This game needs no build up at all. Anyone worth their salt, whether they be from the North-East or not, will know what their own local derby feels like. Their is no “best” local derby, each derby is the best in the eyes of the fans involved. This one is ours, which makes it the best!

Bragging rights are on offer as both sides seek to put one over their local rivals. A win in this game is quite simply a must although avoiding defeat in an away derby does at least offer us a chance of a moral victory, again.

Newcastle United:

The good news is that Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Tim Krul all have a chance of claiming their starting places in the side back after injury. Danny Simpson should be fine to play although his hamstring is still being “watched” apparently, whilst nearly all of our players made it through international duty unscathed and should be available for selection, apart from Shane Ferguson who withdrew from duty with Northern Ireland due to a hip problem.

Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling and Haris Vuckic are all most definitely out of this one.


James McClean and Phil Bardsley should at least make the squad after recovering from injuries. Titus Bramble is doubtful while Lee Cattermole serves the final game of his three match suspension. The two latest bits of news are probably a boost for the home side given their performances in recent derbies…


In terms of Premier League action over on the dark side, Newcastle have a quite remarkable record having lost just once in nine trips to Wearside. However if you look at our league record since year dot, it’s actually Sunderland who have the better record having recorded 23 league victories to our 20.

This will be the 147th meeting between the two sides in all competitions. Newcastle have won on 53 occasions, Sunderland have been victorious 45 times with the other 48 meetings ending in a draw.

Our last trip to Wearside saw us make the short trip back home with three points in the bag courtesy of a fine strike from Ryan Taylor. That was our first victory at the Stadium of Light since 2006 when we won 4-1, even Chopra scored…

Stats and facts:

Steven Fletcher has scored AL of Sunderland’s Premier League goals so far this term. It’s a similar story for us with Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa being the only two players to net in the league for us so far this season.

Shola Ameobi has scored more goals against Sunderland than any Newcastle player who has gone before him. On Sunday he will be looking for goal number eight against the Mackems, and if he can do it he will have marked his 250th appearance for the club with a goal.

Sunderland have had the fewest shots at goal of any team in the top five leagues in Europe (Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1) so far this season.

Newcastle have not won an away game in the last seven attempts. Sunderland have won just one game out of the last 14.

Both sides will be looking to bounce back after 3-0 defeats to Manchester City and Manchester United in the final game before the international break.

Final thought:

It’s hard to have a final thought when I have so many flying through my head. Fear, excitement, anticipation, dread, nerves and so on…

Suffice to say I’ll keep it short and sweet for this one. WE MUST NOT LOSE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!

Howay the lads!

Date: Sunday, 21st October, 2012

Time: 1:30pm – Live on Sky

Venue:Stadium of Light

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59 thoughts on “Sunderland v Newcastle – Derby Day match preview

  1. Good read, I ****in hate the derby, there’s no better feeling when you win the ****er but it drags you right down when you lose one (for days sometimes weeks). Even if we’d won the previous 50 derbies it wouldn’t provide 1 ounce of consolation if we lost this one, dread the ****as me. I’d prefer it if the scum were relegated and we never had to play the ****ers again. πŸ‘Ώ Howay the Lads.


  2. Honestly ****in dread them mate, even with our better “recent” record, I just feel totally devastated when we lose one…..nae good for my heart either.


  3. I know what you are saying mate πŸ™‚ I have a good feeling about this one, so I can not wait for the game. No dread for me πŸ™‚ It is on at 8.30pm my time, kids in bed, ice cold beer in hand and a cracking game on tele, can’t ask for a better end to a weekend πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  4. I don’t know wether it’s good or bad having a Derby straight after the international break. On the one hand if we win then great but lose and after being starved of club footie for days it will be worse than ever. I’m a bit like Richie I’m always glad when they are over as I dread em, they arn’t good for my health at my age πŸ˜‰


  5. Further to my last post…For the record Richie.. a weekend is 2 days (Saturday & Sunday) of rest after 5 days of work πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  6. Kim πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I’ll be thinking of you when I crack that beer at the start of the game πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  7. Aussie…for the record, my weekend doesn’t end until the next one is about to begin πŸ˜‰ 😎


  8. I’m putting the old orange away shirt on Lew tommorow as we ALWAYS win when he wears that one and me and Sharpy have christened it his lucky shirt . πŸ˜‰ 😎


  9. Kim πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I hope you are right with that shirt and 5 is a good mental age πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  10. We should have a stronger side out as a few are back from injury ,just a little lacking in match fitness though. Wish we had Raylor playing though , as another over the wall would be nice. πŸ˜‰


  11. Aussie..there’s 2 songs/links posted….. I think the “could have been born a mackem” one was by Septic Hank, I’ll have a quick check.


  12. Its not a pretty site Kim πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ not even that comfortable to be honest πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  13. An oldie like but still makes me chuckle πŸ˜† …

    A Man is walking through Leazes park in Newcastle one day, when he hears a child screaming, to his horror he sees a rottweiller attacking a small boy.
    Without a second thought the man dives onto the dog and a monumental battle begins.
    The man gets bitten and clawed to within an inch of his life but somehow manages to pull the dog off the child, with the last ounce of strength he strangles the ferocious beast.

    A man with a camera around his neck rushes over to the bloody scene.
    “I’m a report with the Newcastle Chronicle and that is the bravest deed I have ever seen. I can just see the front page now – GEORDIE HERO SAVES CHILD FROM CERTAIN DEATH”

    “That’s very kind of you replies the hero – but I’m not a Geordie – I’m from 5under1and”
    The reported thinks for a while and replies
    “That’s alright – You’ll still make the headlines – MACKEM B*****D KILLS FAMILY PET”


  14. Good preview Toonsy, i’m like Richie at 1 it’s such a super game when you win but if you lose it leaves you feeling empty πŸ‘Ώ
    Aussie you have had a good feeling for every game πŸ˜†


  15. Big Dave πŸ™‚ not true mate, I had a bad feeling before the Man U game. πŸ™‚ there was one other game as well but I can’t remember which one πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  16. Two wrongs don’t make a right πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I was surprised it took you that long to come back mate πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  17. Aussie don’t bull**** lad you said on here that you felt good about the manure game πŸ˜‰
    Richie πŸ˜† yeah and his mouth as he talks out of his arse at time’s, but sure he could be worse he could be a mackem


  18. I like to see the good in most things and in the people I encounter, it’s my default position in life…….. I’m sill trying to find it in Big Dave πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  19. ime with richie i hate derbys pity they let bruce go that would have got rid of them for a while when they went down,taylor the big gob ****e saying none of the scum players would get in the toon team,well thats o!neils team talk done for him then,******** πŸ‘Ώ


  20. Not too confident with this one. The way we’re playing makes it very difficult to have much confidence. Colo, Taylor and Krul back will be a big help.

    My Team:

    Simpson Taylor Colo Santon
    Tiote Cabaye Anita
    Ben Arfa Jonas


  21. pardew at it again saying in the local rag one of our stars will go ffs shut the fk up,ime sick of it and day before derby too,hes a **** imo πŸ‘Ώ πŸ‘Ώ πŸ‘Ώ


  22. It’s now emerged that United will wear their lime third kit – with our usual home kit deemed inappropriate because of a clash with the black shirt and socks of the mackems……

    The Fog on the Lime….

    Howay the lads !!!

    3-1 toon πŸ˜‰


  23. Stevie Taylor says not 1 scum player would get in the Toon side – and he’d rather collect stamps than ever sign for them!


  24. I agree with Ice – it’s getting really tiresome hearing Pardew saying the same thing over and over again. He isn’t telling us anything that we don’t know already, so I don’t understand why he feels the need to keep on repeating it.

    Having said that, when I checked out the story in the local rag I did notice this bit which I thought was quite interesting:

    β€œHe is getting value for money. But because of the nature of the business, we are going to lose a first-team star.

    β€œWe have to get the maximum figure we can.

    β€œThen get two players, maybe buy a youngster from Serbia or wherever or a (Gael) Bigirimana.”

    It was the reference to “Serbia or wherever” that caught my eye, because a couple of days earlier I remembered reading this:

    “It is understood that the Magpies’ scouting net has widened this season and now covers the deepest corners of eastern European outposts such as Romania and Serbia, as well as the more mainstream avenues like France, Holland and Belgium which have became well-trodden paths of chief scout Graham Carr in recent years.”

    So there you go – a little clue as to where a few of our next rising stars will be coming from.


  25. Chris@49, Can’t say I’ve seen anything from Serbia that I like of late ,other than their players fighting spirit πŸ˜‰


  26. Kim
    What about their fans? πŸ™
    If anyone can find a Jen in that barren wasteland (it’s probably quite nice really πŸ˜• ) it’s Carr 😎 .


  27. Kim – you little mind reader. I was going to ask whether the lucky orange top was getting an airing or if it would be the new untried red one. It will bring great comfort to know that the lucky orange top is out in force πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    I wish Stevie T would keep his trap shut as well!!

    Ritchie – Im with you mate, I hate this feeling before a derby match. My dad, father in law and a couple of lads i work with are Mackems, and all feel the same. Fortunately I can hide my nervous and wind them up, but if the result goes their way, I’m heavily outnumbered and will be turning by bloody phone off!!!!


  28. There is a best derby, and its our one! πŸ˜†

    Also, it’s always Tyne-Wear no matter where it’s played, nobody actually knows where Wearside is, so we always come first πŸ˜‰


  29. I remember as a kid that derby day used to be huge. Over the years, though, as I’ve lost a lot of my NE connections, it doesn’t loom as large as it once did. Still big for me, but I don’t get so nerve janglingly sick-in-the-stomach as I once did.

    till, love to beat the ****ers.


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