Steven Fletcher
Steven Fletcher will be the key player for Sunderland against Newcastle United on Sunday (Getty)

Sunderland will take on Newcastle United in the Tyne-Wear derby during the weekend Premier League clash at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is at 4pm BST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Catch the highlights of the game on Match of the Day 2 on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10.30pm BST.

Overview

In the Tyne-Wear derby, Sunderland have enjoyed success in recent seasons. The Black Cats are unbeaten in the last six meetings between the two clubs, winning four of them and conceding only one goal in the process.

Both clubs have changed the managers since the last time these two teams faced each other. The hosts showed the exit door to Gus Poyet, while the Magpies saw Alan Pardew leave them to join Crystal Palace.

Dick Advocaat replaced the Uruguayan manager and he suffered a defeat in his first game in charge against West Ham United. Like his predecessors Poyet and Paolo Di Canio, they lost their opening fixture and their second fixture was against Newcastle.

Moussa Sissoko
Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko was impressive against Arsenal (Getty)

Poyet and Di Canio went on to win the first match against Newcastle and Advocaat could register his first win as Sunderland manager on Sunday. Should this happen, it will end their winless run as they last won the league match in January.

Meanwhile, Newcastle record is slightly better as they have just one win in the league in the last two months, which came against Aston Villa in February. John Caver has replaced Pardew and he will be hoping to end his side's misery in this fixture.

In the last five matches, Newcastle scored only twice and that will be a matter of worry for their manager when they take on Sunderland.

What Managers Say

Dick Advocaat: "It is a new derby for me, but I know that for everyone here it is a very important game. This is a special one but for us every game at the moment is very important. The most important thing is what we do because Newcastle United have some very good individuals, so straight from the beginning we want to show them what we want."

John Carver: "We know our record recently is not very good. We have to break that situation. I think we have enough in that dressing room to do that. In the last four games Sunderland have out-worked us and that's not a good stat to have. I'll be making sure that doesn't happen again and I'll be using a whip to make sure we don't get out-worked. We all know it is a big moment in the North East so it's something I am looking forward to."

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • Sunderland to win: 23/15
  • Draw: 9/4
  • Newcastle United to win: 37/19

Team Form

John Carver
John Carver will be looking to end Newcastle United's winless run against Sunderland on Sunday. (Getty)

Sunderland

  • Last Five (all competitions): D L D L L
  • Last Result: West Ham United 1-0 Sunderland

Newcastle United

  • Last Five (all competitions): L W L L L
  • Last Result: Newcastle United 1-2 Arsenal

Team News

Sunderland

  • Injured: Wes Brown (knee)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Pantilimon; Reveillere, O'Shea, Brown, Van Aanholt; Rodwell, Gomez, Larsson; Wickham, Fletcher, Defoe

Newcastle United

  • Injured: Aly Cissokho (groin), Kieran Richardson (calf), Nathan Baker (knee), Chris Herd (knee), Libor Kozak (broken leg), Tom Cleverley (ineligible)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: Fabricio Coloccini, Papiss Cisse

Possible XI: Krul; R.Taylor, Janmaat, Williamson, Colback; Anita, Sissoko; Cabella, Gouffran, Ameobi; Perez