It's another derby and another relegation six-pointer. Newcastle United will take on Sunderland in their second match under new manager Rafael Benitez hoping to replicate what the unwashed have managed to do multiple times during their six-match derby winning streak. It appears that Rafa the Gaffa will be sending out a 4-4-2 in an effort to get the goals while Chancel Mbemba is a vital returning piece as he also has concerns at the back. Finally someone at least is talking about how poor we have been at the back... here's hoping that Mbemba's return will help fix it.
It's all there to play for. Survival. Regional pride. Personal pride (if any of our players have some of that...). I don't have to tell you how important this one is. It's bigger than one match. The side looks strong on paper. It's going to take everything that the players and Rafa have in order to stop the derby slide... start clawing out of the relegation zone. Let's get into them, boys. Howay the lads!
TEAM NEWS: Here is how Rafa Benítez's Newcastle United will line up in today's Tyne-Wear derby. #NUFC pic.twitter.com/2JP6nPRg9z— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) March 20, 2016
#SAFC XI v @NUFC: Mannone, Yedlin, Kone, Kaboul, van Aanholt, Kirchhoff, M’Vila, Rodwell, Khazri, Borini, Defoe. pic.twitter.com/qkZZoisVGa— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) March 20, 2016
Date & Time: March 20, 2016 1330 GMT (0630 PST, 0930 EST)
Venue: St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
Players to watch: Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez, Chancel Mbemba, Jamal Lascelles
TV Information: Sky Sports 1 (UK), NBCSN (USA), Sportsnet World (Canada)
Stream Information: NBC Sports Live Extra (USA), Sportsnet World Now (Canada) Other countries and links can be found here.