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Tyne-Wear derby: team news

Here are the teams for today's Tyne-Wear derby:

  • Newcastle: Elliot, Janmaat, Mbemba, Lascelles, Colback, Sissoko, Shelvey, Townsend, Wijnaldum, Perez, Mitrovic
  • Subs: Anita, Cisse, De Jong, Saivet, Darlow, Taylor, Riviere
  • Sunderland: Mannone, Yedlin, Kone, Kaboul, Van Aanholt, Kirchhoff, Borini, M'Vila, Rodwell, Khazri, Defoe
  • Subs: Jones, Cattermole, N'Doye, Pickford, O'Shea, Lens, Toivonen

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Applause planned for young football star at Tyne-Wear derby

Taylor Atherton played for Cramlington Juniors Under 15s Credit: Cramlington Juniors

Family and friends of a young football star, who died on Valentine's Day, are planning a minute of applause to celebrate his life during today's Tyne-Wear derby.

Taylor Atherton, 15, passed away at his home in North Shields on February 14.

A promising young footballer, he played for Cramlington Juniors Under 15s and was on trial with Middlesbrough's academy.

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Police warn fans ahead of Tyne-Wear derby

Newcastle v Sunderland. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Northumbria Police have warned fans that any violence or disruptive behaviour at this weekend's Tyne-Wear derby will be dealt with swiftly.

They are working with both Newcastle and Sunderland football clubs, local authorities, bars and transport providers to ensure the big relegation battle takes place without incident.

Those plans are always in place, we're always able to respond and deal with them very quickly and there is a clear message from me to anybody who comes to Newcastle or Sunderland whose got the intention of causing disorder.

It's that we are going to be very proactive around people causing problems and you will find yourself arrested and in front of a court very very quickly."

– Chief Superintendent Steve Neill

Benitez seeks derby boost to Newcastle's survival push

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is urging his team to ignite their survival drive with derby victory over Sunderland.

The Magpies entertain the Black Cats on Sunday knowing their very existence in the Barclays Premier League, and the £100million share of the new broadcasting deal which comes with it, are at stake with just nine games of an intensely difficult campaign remaining.

However, Benitez believes a win over their arch-rivals could give them just the impetus they need to drag themselves out of trouble.

Watch his press conference here:

Allardyce surprised to see Benitez at St James' Park

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has admitted he was surprised when old foe Rafa Benitez accepted the challenge of trying to drag derby rivals Newcastle out of the relegation mire.

The two men, who have enjoyed an at times less than cordial relationship in the past, will go head to head at St James' Park on Sunday with their respective clubs yet again in severe danger of slipping out of the Barclays Premier League and knowing the value of the three points at stake.

Allardyce insists any acrimony is in the past.

Watch the Sunderland press conference here:

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