Newcastle United v Sunderland Live
The article below is from a previous encounter. However, we will also be showing todays game live inside the members area. Beleaguered Newcastle United take on Sunderland in their next Premier League match struggling to avoid slipping into the danger zone with almost half of the season left to play. Catch all the live soccer here on Live Sport Network by signing up with us for a nominal annual fee.
Newcastle have slipped up and are currently 16th on the league table with 23 points from 23 games. The Magpies are just two points off the relegation zone and their woes were worsened by a 2-1 loss to Manchester City at the Eastlands on Wednesday.
City debutant Craig Bellamy returned to haunt his old club when he scored in the 77th minute after Shaun Wright-Phillips had put the home team ahead on 17 minutes. Newcastle managed to pull one back on 80 minutes through Andy Carroll, who was played through by David Edgar. However there was no dramatic equalizer coming through for the Magpies after this.
Manager Joe Kinnear's problems were further compounded when Michael Owen and Joey Barton were ruled for about eight weeks after breaking their ankle and foot bones respectively. With Shay Given almost certainly on his way to man City, Kinnear has a tough fight on his hands.
Sunderland meanwhile continued their fine showing under interim boss Ricky Sbragia with a thoroughly deserved 1-0 win over Fulham. Kenwyne Jones, who penned a new deal at Sunderland, scored the lone goal that ensured all three points for the home team. The win sees the Black Cats on the 12th spot of the league table with 26 points from 23 games.
George McCartney could feature in this match after returning from a foot injury, while Dean Whitehead and El-Hadji Diouf could also return after being rested for the FA Cup tie last week. Pascal Chimbonda has returned to Tottenham, but Sbragia has no current plans to find a replacement for the defender. Last season this fixture ended in a 2-0 win for Newcastle, while the reverse fixture ended in a 2-1 win for the Black Cats.
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