Sunderland v Newcastle preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash between Sunderland and Newcastle at the Stadium of Light (kick-off 12pm).

Last Updated: 19/08/11 at 13:02

O'Shea: Short of fitness

O'Shea: Short of fitness

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Sunderland defender John O'Shea is rated at 50-50 to make his Premier League debut for the club in the Tyne-Wear derby.

The Republic of Ireland international has recovered from a hamstring injury suffered in pre-season, but is short of match fitness and manager Steve Bruce will make a late decision on him.

Striker Asamoah Gyan has shaken off the ankle knock which saw him limp off at Liverpool last Saturday, and Bruce otherwise has no fresh concerns.

Keeper Tim Krul and striker Shola Ameobi will keep their places in the Newcastle starting line-up.

The Dutchman will continue in goal with Steve Harper providing the back-up following Fraser Forster's departure on loan for Celtic, while Ameobi, who has six derby goals to his name to date, will also be retained.

Ryan Taylor is again likely to start at left-back with Jose Enrique's replacement yet to arrive, while summer signing Sylvain Marveaux and Shane Ferguson (ankle) could be involved after building up match fitness in a practice game in midweek, but Hatem Ben Arfa (ankle) remains on the sidelines.

Sunderland (from): Mignolet, Westwood, Bardsley, Brown, Richardson, Turner, Bramble, Ferdinand, Laing, Cattermole, Gardner, Vaughan, Colback, Larsson, Elmohamady, Gyan, Sessegnon, Wickham, Ji, Cook.

Newcastle (from): Krul, Harper, Simpson, R. Taylor, Ferguson, Coloccini, S. Taylor, Williamson, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Barton, Marveaux, Obertan, Gosling, Abeid, Ba, Shola Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Best, Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 28 February 2015
12:45
West Ham v C Palace  
15:00
Burnley v Swansea  
Man Utd v S'land  
Newcastle v A Villa  
Stoke v Hull City  
W Brom v So'ton  
Sunday, 01 March 2015
12:00
Liverpool v Man City  
14:05
Arsenal v Everton  
Tuesday, 03 March 2015
19:45
A Villa v W Brom  
Hull City v S'land  

Footer 365

Liverpool's Europa League exit a boost to top-four chances ahead of Manchester City showdown, says Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher looks ahead to Liverpool v Manchester City and reckons the Reds might find it easier to bounce back.

Arsenal announce £11m profit and £138.8m cash reserve

Arsenal have returned robust financial results, with turnover increased to £148.5m and an overall profit before tax of £11.1m.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal eyes 'luck'

Louis van Gaal claims the most important factor in Manchester United's pursuit of a top-four place is 'luck'.

Mail Box

Are Tottenham Right To Redevelop?

It's a really good Friday afternoon Mailbox, with thoughts on Spurs' ground development, the Europa league (leave it alone) and one man running for a very good cause...

Rodgers Is More Of A Paisley Than A Rafa

Most Liverpool fans in the Mailbox are claiming to be pleased to see the back of the Europa League. Plus merging the Europa and Champions League, and winter WC...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company