first_imgSUNDERLAND (4-1-4-1)PANTILIMON,YEDLIN, O’SHEA, KABOUL, JONES,M’VILA,LARSSON, CATTERMOLE, GOMEZ, BORINI,FLETCHERNEWCASTLE (4-4-2)MITROVIC, PEREZ,WIJNALDUM, TIOTE, COLBACK, SISSOKO,DUMMETT, COLOCCINI, MBEMBA, JANMAAT,ELLIOTThe much-awaited first north-east derby takes place at Sunderland, where new manager Sam Allardyce makes his bow. Newcastle United arrive in slightly better shape following their stunning 6-2 win over Norwich last Sunday, the highest-scoring game in the Barclays Premier League so far.Sunderland are still bottom, while Newcastle are in 18th place. The home side go into the game still without a win; it is only the third time in their top-flight history that they have failed to win in their opening nine games. If they fail again, it will be their worst start since the 1976-77 season, when they went 10 without a win.Newcastle will be boosted by scoring six goals in a Premier League game for the first time since August 2010 against Aston Villa.Newcastle’s star man against Norwich was Georginio Wijnaldum, who became only the second man to score four in a Premier League game for Newcastle and first since Alan Shearer (against Sheffield Wednesday, September 1999).last_img read more

Barca ramp up interest in Pogba, Ibrahimovic offered return to former club

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