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    Sunderland vs Newcastle United Derby Day Preview. The Biggest Day in the North East is Here.

    By Ryan Carter. Twitter: @TheRyanJCarter

    The Wear-Tyne derby is finally here, a game of passion, a game filled with excitement and raw intensity, a game which can bring grown men to tears and see a city erupt into chaos as Newcastle United and Sunderland collide once more.

    Later today football fans will watch the Manchester Derby and see two dominant sides play attractive football and display great flair.

    But at the end of the day, both sides despite the result will enjoy a title fight and Champions League football as their fans support the two footballing giants from wherever they are in the world.

    The Wear-Tyne derby is a must more entertaining story however, a tale of two cities supported by fans who live for their club and are made to endure misery season after season.

    But when Derby Day arrives, it is the talk of the entire North East, nothing else matters, the city comes alive and the streets become a terrifying place to walk alone.

    Now Newcastle and Sunderland see themselves in trouble again, with both teams sat in the relegation places after making terrible starts to their seasons.

    As a result, this Derby Day has become more important than many others in recent years, as both North East representatives fight for their Premier League lives.

    The home side are still looking for their first win of the campaign, while a victory for Newcastle would see them climb out of the bottom three.

    Recent history in this fixture does not make for easy reading for the Toon Army faithful, as Sunderland have not tasted defeat the last seven times these rivals have faced off, having won the last five.

    If the Wearsiders win this game, they will take the record as their own for most consecutive wins in the derby with six victories, with the record currently shared between both clubs at five.

    Not only have the Magpies not won in that time, they have also only scored one goal in those games as well.

    But Newcastle will go into the game confident of contributing more goals this time round, after scoring six in their last game against Norwich City.

    The last time these two sides met, the contest was won with a wonder volley from Jermain Defoe in a game where Tim Krul was criticised by fans, after the goalkeeper congratulated the Sunderland striker in the tunnel at half time.

    Meanwhile, Newcastle’s last derby victory was all the way back in August 2011, when Ryan Taylor’s freekick to win the game cemented the set-piece specialist’s place in Geordie folklore forever.

    Just in case this game needed any more spice, this fixture will also see new Sunderland boss Sam Allerdyce seek revenge against his old club.

    The former Magpies’ boss felt he was forced out of the club too soon and if that was still not enough to give Big Sam distaste for the Tyneside club, they were also the team who defeated him in his last game before his sacking at West Ham too.

    There is no hiding how important this game has been for Sunderland over the years, with the club constantly switching managers in the build up to Derby Day.

    The tactic has paid off but does display the level of desperation the club has shown, as they constantly look for a change in fortune while they battle to avoid relegation each year.

    If there is one player who the result of the game could all depend on, it is impossible to look any further than Aleksandar Mitrovic.

    The Serbian striker mimics this derby perfectly, in the sense that the player can either display moments of brilliance or reckless aggression and his antics on the pitch today could decide the victor.

    Should he keep his cool and add to his goal record of scoring in each of his last two games, Sunderland will have no chance of coping with the powerful forward.

    But if he shows the other part of his game and the heat of the occasion gets to him, Newcastle will struggle to compete away from home with 10 men and the game will quickly get away from them.

    Either team could field players who have played for both sides, as Sunderland’s Patrick Van Aanholt could feature against the club he had a brief loan spell with, while Jack Colback returns to a Sunderland side he once scored for in this fixture.

    Rob Elliot is set to keep his place in goal while Krul remains sidelined for the season and Karl Darlow is unlikely to return until late November.

    Newcastle could welcome back the young talents of Kevin Mbabu and Rolando Aarons from injury but the game comes too early for Gabriel Obertan, Steven Taylor, Emmanuel Riviere and Sylvain Marveaux.

    Sunderland will hope Fabio Borini can return from a slight ankle injury and add to his two goals in this fixture.

    Ola Toivonen is also expected to be fit for the game but the contest will come too soon for Jack Rodwell, Duncan Watmore and Adam Matthews.

    The Wearsiders will also welcome back Jeremain Lens and Sebastian Coates from their suspensions ahead of the game.

    Newcastle have not beaten their rivals for a long time but now they have a great chance to do just that.

    Having just come off the back of a strong win over Norwich while Sunderland look desperate at the foot of the table, now is the time to heap even more misery on a hapless team.

    If the travelling Tyneside team fail again, it will give their North East rivals the hope they need to pull themselves out of the bad patch they are enduring and save their season once more.

    Expect there to be goals, expect there to be passion, expect there to be aggression.

    This is a derby that many outside of the North East do not understand but for everyone involved in this fixture, it is a day which falls behind no other in importance.

    It is simple, Newcastle must win, the team cannot afford any more embarrassment at the hands of their most fierce rivals, whatever it takes, it has to end in an away win.

    Prediction: Sunderland 2-3 Newcastle United.

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