Oct 21, 2012 at 1.30pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
Sunderland
1-1
NewcastleNewcastle United
Ba (85' og.)
FT(HT: 0-1)
Cabaye (3')
Ameobi (25'), Coloccini (68'), Williamson (84'), Cabaye (86')
Cheik Tioté (25')

Preview: Sunderland vs. Newcastle United

The Stadium of Light
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Sports Mole preview Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby between Sunderland and Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland host Newcastle United on Sunday with the knowledge that a win at the Stadium of Light will see them leapfrog their rivals in the Premier League table.

Sunderland's 3-0 defeat to Manchester City was their first loss of the season but manager Martin O'Neill may decide to retain faith in his starting lineup from that match.

One possible change may see Titus Bramble replace Danny Rose, who has been at the centre of the racism controversy that surrounded the England Under-21s match in Serbia on Tuesday night.

Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor could hand Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew a boost if they return from injury.

Both were absent for Newcastle's 3-0 defeat to Manchester United and their return could see a defensive reshuffle with Davide Santon returning to left-back and James Perch moving to right-back.

Recent form

Sunderland: DDDDWL

Newcastle United: LDDWDL

Possible starting lineups:

Sunderland: Mignolet; O'Shea, Cuellar, Bramble, Gardner; Larsson, Colback, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon; Fletcher

Newcastle United: Harper; Santon, Coloccini, S.Taylor, Perch; Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Tiote; Cisse, Ba

Sports Mole says: 1-1

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