Competition: Premier League – Sunderland vs. Newcastle
Venue: Stadium of Light – Sunday, October 25 – 12:00 GMT (08:00 ET)
Match Odds: Sunderland 7/5 – Draw 23/10 – Newcastle 19/10
Sunderland will hope that their managerial change continues to see the club beat their local rivals. Sam Allardyce will lead the his new side out in what will be his home debut, knowing the last three Sunderland managers have also faced Newcastle in their second game and all three have won.
This will not be Allardyce’s first Tyne-Wear derby experience though. He led Newcastle out at the Stadium of Light during his short tenure in charge back in November 2007 in a game that ended 1-1.
The Black Cats sit bottom of the Premier League table after nine games and have yet to win a match. Last weekend’s 1-0 loss at West Brom added to their woes and they will hope a win against their fiercest rivals can turn their fortunes around.
Sunderland’s Premier League record: P9 – W0 – D3 – L6
Newcastle boss Steve McClaren will be experiencing his first Tyne-Wear derby here and will hope his side can build on last weekend’s 6-2 win against Norwich.
That was Newcastle’s first league win of the season but they still sit in the bottom three and so Sunday’s clash is a monumental one, even at this early stage.
Newcastle’s Premier League record: P9 – W – D3 – L5
Newcastle haven’t beaten Sunderland since 2011 – a run of seven without victory has followed, with the Black Cats winning each of the last five meetings.
Sunderland will be without Adam Matthews and Jack Rodwell, who are both ruled out through injury, while Ola Toivonen and Duncan Watmore are unlikely to feature. Sam Allardyce could stick with the same team that lost at West Brom in his opener.
Newcastle boss Steve McLaren will also be likely to keep with the same side that beat Norwich last time out. Tim Krul, Karl Darlow, Rolando Aarons, Emmanuel Riviere, Steven Taylor, Curtis Good and Gabriel Obertan are all out. While Kevin Mbabu is a doubt.
Sunderland’s last five: L/L/L/D/L
Newcastle’s last five: L/L/D/L/W
Key Stat: The last three Sunderland managers have faced Newcastle in their second games in charge, with all three winning those matches. Trend.
Key Player: Georginio Wijnaldum – The Dutch playmaker comes into this game of the back of a sublime display as he scored four goals in Newcastle’s 6-2 win against Norwich last weekend. If he produces anything like that performance, Sunderland are in trouble.
Sunderland 1-1 Newcastle – This is an almost impossible one to call. Newcastle may have got their first win last week in emphatic style, but they conceded six in their last away game and have only scored once on the road all year. Their terrible record against Sunderland in recent times makes it hard to see them winning, though the Black Cats don’t look strong enough to take three points either. Draw.