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Watch Live: Sunderland vs Newcastle (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Sunderland will need to make it five straight over Tyne-Wear derby rivals Newcastle if they wish to pull themselves out of immediate danger at the bottom of the table.

The two heated foes will take to the Stadium of Light at 11am ET live on NBCSN or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra. Newcastle seems to be safe from the drop but interim manager John Carver has still seen his side to three straight losses, so both sides have trends to buck.

WATCH LIVE: Sunderland vs Newcastle live on NBC Sports Live Extra

For Dick Advocaat’s Sunderland, Lee Cattermole is back from a two-match suspension, and Billy Jones makes a return to the back line after missing nearly two months with a hamstring injury. However, the Black Cats are still missing Wes Brown and Emmanuel Giaccherini due to injury, while Will Buckley surprisingly returns from a knee problem to make the bench.

Carver, meanwhile, has to deal with news that Massadio Haidara will no longer be available for the rest of the way due to knee surgery, and his team is severely thinned from injury and suspension. Cheick Tiote, Steven Taylor, Paul Dummett, and Siem de Jong are all out injured, while Papiss Cisse remains banned for spitting on an opponent and Fabricio Coloccini continues to serve his red card suspension.

Anything goes in a Tyne-Wear derby, and nothing sums that sentiment up than Sunderland’s current streaks. The Black Cats have won four straight in this fixture, while they’ve gone unbeaten in six, but come into today’s matchup winless in eight straight matches across all competitions.

LINEUPS:

Sunderland: Pantilimon; Jones, O’Shea, Vergini, van Aanholt; Larsson, Cattermole, Gomez; Fletcher, Wickham, Defoe.
Bench: Bridcutt, Johnson, Reveillere, Graham, Coates, Buckley, Mannone.

Newcastle: Krul, R.Taylor, Janmaat, Williamson, Colback, Sissoko, Gutierrez, Gouffran, Ameobi, Cabella, Perez.
Bench: Elliot, Anita, Abeid, Kemen, Obertan, Riviere, Armstrong.

Hull City avoids upset with late equalizer in FA Cup thriller at Brighton & Hove Albion

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Well, that was 1-1 thriller!

Brighton and Hove Albion nearly played the role of underdogs to perfection at American Express Community Stadium on Monday evening before a late Yannick Sagbo goal forced the scheduling of a replay back at Hull City.

A Seagulls win would’ve been the third upset of the fifth round, as the Championship’s Wigan Athletic toppled Cardiff City while third division Sheffield United beat Nottingham Forest 3-1 on the weekend.

Brighton struck in the 30th minute on a pretty bit of passing and a brilliant run. Leonard Ulloa backheeled to Will Buckley, who slipped the ball onto back onto the path of the striding Argentine striker. Ulloa took a few touches with Tom Huddlestone in pursuit from behind. Allan McGregor came sliding out but could only get a piece of Ulloa’s half-chip shot from the spot as the Seagulls took a 1-0 lead.

Hull almost answered straightaway off a corner, but Simon Davies strong header struck the post to the right of Peter Brezovan and a second header was collected by the Slovakian goalkeeper.

Ulloa almost doubled the advantage near half but misfired.

The second half found the home side looking for a second with much aplomb, as Hull really struggled to find its flow. Huddlestone had one of the best chances with a well-hit free kick deflected away from goal by Brighton.

The Tigers made changes with under a half-hour to go, with George Boyd and Matty Fryatt hoping to give their club a boost. Sone Aluko won a free kick just outside the box with about 15 minutes to play, but could not convert.

Brighton needed to find a second goal and had many chances, but Hull defender Ahmed Elmohamady was personally responsible for cleaning up Tiger messes. His strong shoulder barge to repossess with five minutes to play turned the ball around for the equalizer. Sagbo got in close and beat Brezovan through the legs off a slick feed from Aluko.

The winner of the replay will host Sunderland on March 8.