It’s been a long time since these bitter rivals have come face-to-face, but the Tyne-Wear Derby returns on Saturday afternoon as Sunderland and Newcastle United lock horns at the Stadium of Light in the FA Cup Third Round.
It has been seven long years since these two sides met and plenty has changed for both clubs since then. Sunderland have been through turbulent times, which included relegation down to League One, whilst Newcastle United have been taken over and qualified for the Champions League.
Sunderland are back on the rise, though, after reaching the Championship play-offs last term just a season after winning promotion back to the second-tier from League One.
After a slow start to the campaign, Tony Mowbray lost his job as Black Cats boss and was replaced by former QPR and Rangers manager Michael Beale who was won two, drawn one and lost one of his first four matches at the helm.
Sunderland fans were enraged by the decision to decorate the away end of their stadium in black and white ahead of this match. Hopefully that media furor won’t distract the players too much ahead of this crucial game.
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Sunderland v Newcastle United
FA Cup Third Round
12:45 ITV1 / STV / ITVX / STV Player
(Maximum 10 matches)
MAR 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland
OCT 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Sunderland 3-0 Newcastle
APR 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Sunderland 1-0 Newcastle
DEC 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 0-3 Sunderland
OCT 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE Sunderland 2-1 Newcastle
APR 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 0-3 Sunderland
OCT 2012 PREMIER LEAGUE Sunderland 1-1 Newcastle
MAR 2012 PREMIER LEAGUE Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland
AUG 2011 PREMIER LEAGUE Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle
JAN 2011 PREMIER LEAGUE Sunderland 1-1 Newcastle
After such great success last season, which saw the Magpies qualify for the Champions League, this hasn’t been the easiest campaign for Eddie Howe’s men.
Injuries have stretched their squad to its absolute limit this season and, unfortunately for Newcastle, it has not been able to cope well enough to keep them in contention to retain their top-four spot.
After 20 matches, they sit 9th in the Premier League table and find themselves on a horrible run of form which has seen them pick up just one win from their last six Premier League fixtures.
You could argue that, with the injuries piled up and form falling off a cliff, this isn’t exactly the ideal time for Newcastle to renew their old rivalry with Sunderland. But, as they say, form does go out of the window somewhat on derby day.
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