One of the biggest matches in the history of the Tyne-Wear Derby kicks off from what will be an electric St. James Park when Newcastle United and Sunderland get going at 9:30 am ET Sunday (Watch live on NBCSN and stream via Live Extra).
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A loser of the match would instantly become the favorite to be relegated, falling behind the winner and Sunderland (though the winner won’t be in much better shape).
The Black Cats have won six-straight derbies against their Northeast foes, pulling their all-time mark in the series to 50W-49D-53L.
Newcastle United: Elliot; Colback, Lascelles, Mbemba, Janmaat; Townsend, Wijnaldum, Shelvey, Sissoko; Perez, Mitrovic. Subs: Darlow, Taylor, Anita, Saivet, De Jong, Riviere, Cisse.
Sunderland: Mannone; Yedlin, Kone, Kaboul, van Aanholt, Kirchhoff, M’Vila, Rodwell, Khazri, Borini, Defoe. Subs: Jones, Cattermole, Pickford, N’Doye, O’Shea, Lens, Toivonen.