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
Northumbria Police are making their presence felt in Newcastle city centre, as the city gears up for the Tyne-Wear derby.
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.
@nufc in the 9th minute could everyone please give a minutes applause for my nephew Taylor Atherton who died suddenly aged 14
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.
Rafael Benitez is confident he can get off to a good start at home against Sunderland, in one of the biggest ever Tyne-Wear clashes.Read the full story ›
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."
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:
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:
Boro lose 2-0 to Charlton. They now sit 7 points behind Championship leaders Burnley, and only two ahead of Hull, who lie in third.Read the full story ›