Date: 25th October 2015 at 8:29am
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Sunderland play fierce rivals Newcastle United in the Wear-Tyne derby with both sides in the bottom-three of the Premier League.

To add some extra spice o the occasion, former Magpies boss Sam Allardyce will be in the opposite technical area, taking charge of his first home match.

Big Sam’s first match in charge ended with a 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion in what was a much improved display compared to recent showings under Dick Advocaat.

Their rivals enjoyed a far better weekend last time out as they thrashed Norwich 62 at St James’ Park; Georginio Wijnaldum scoring four to give Steve McClaren his first league win as Toon boss.

Despite sitting bottom though, the omens are good for the Black Cats as they have won the last five derbies while new manager Sam Allardyce has never lost his opening home game of a Premier League club.

Coincidentally, previous Sunderland managers – Gus Poyet, Paolo Di Canio and Advocaat – all played and defeated Newcastle in their second match in charge.

However,  the hosts are now 12 league games without a win and if one doesn’t come soon the Championship could be beckoning for next season.

The return of Jeremain Lens from suspension is a massive boost, while Sebastian Coates also returns from a ban.

Ola Toivonen is fit and available but Fabio Borini is a doubt with an ankle injury.

For Newcastle, They have no fresh injury worries plus Kevin Mbabu and Rolando Aarons are available after working their way back to full fitness.

League Position: Sunderland – 20th (3 pts); Newcastle – 18th (6 pts)
Last Meeting: Sunderland 1-0 Newcastle, April 2015
Key Men: Sunderland – Jermaine Lens; Newcastle – Georginio Wijnaldum
Form: Sunderland –DLLLDL; Newcastle – LLLDLW
Shoot Says: Sunderland 1-1 Newcastle

 
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