12 April, 2013 - 15:28

Premier League fixtures preview: Newcastle vs Sunderland

Premier League fixtures preview: Newcastle vs Sunderland

The Tyne and Wear derby is undoubtedly key fixture of the Premier League Matchday 33, as the winner significantly improves his chances of retaining the top-flight status, the loser, that said, faces the threat of edging closer to a relegation zone. Put in a nutshell, survival is at stake.
The Black Cats with Di Canio in charge will be seeking their first victory over the Toons since the 2008-2009 season.

Sunderland recent form:

Sunderland are sitting in the 17th spot, level on points with Wigan, outstripping them on goal difference. They have won none of their last 9 Premier League games, with last win dating back in January, when they have beaten Wigan 3-2.

Sunderland team news:

Sunderland will be missing their skipper Cattermole and top goal scorer Steven Flecther, both of whom sidelined for the rest of the season.
Defenders Wes Brown (knee) and Carlos Cuellar (ankle) are also ruled out due to long-term injuries, with O’Shea and Kilgallon are expected to play at the heart of Sunderland defense.

Di Canio is likely to prefer youngster Wickham, who was included into starting XI in 2-1 defeat against Chelsea, over out-of-form Danny Graham. James McClean will be picked ahead of N’Diaye down the left.

Newcastle team news:

Newcastle are facing injury crisis with Santon, Coloccini, and Tiote definitely missing the derby, while Ben Arfa could feature in the starting lineup after recovering from the injury. Steven Taylor and Ryan Taylor remain major doubts.

Newcastle recent form:

Alan Pardew’s boys are currently lying in the 13th place, five points above the relegation zone. Although the Magpies’ form has improved significantly since January, when they conducted quit a successful transfer campaign, they are still under the threat of relegation. Newcastle have recorded just two victories in their last five games, with both wins coming in six-pointers against Fulham and Stoke.

Matches played on Saturday, April 13:

Aston Villa vs Fulham
Everton vs Queens Park Rangers
Reading vs Liverpool
Southampton vs West Ham United
Arsenal vs Norwich City

Matches played on Sunday, April 14:

Stoke City vs Manchester United

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Author: Basil Naumov

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