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Andy Carroll - not playing today. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Andy Carroll - not playing today. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Sunderland AFC

vs.

Newcastle United FC

January 16, 2011

Stadium of Light, Sunderland

12:00 PM GMT (6:00 AM CST)

TV: Fox Soccer Plus and foxsoccer.tv in the US (Not available in the UK)

Referee: Howard Webb

Sunderland: Gordon//Onuoha, Bramble, Ferdinand, Bardsley//Elmohamady, Henderson, Richardson, Malbranque//
Bent, Gyan

Newcastle: Harper//Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique//Barton, Nolan, Smith, Jonas//Best, Ameobi

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