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The new Premier League fixtures are to be revealed this morning (15th June) at 9am.
Sunderland and newly promoted Middlesbrough will find out who they'll face at the start of the new season.
It has already been confirmed that there will be international breaks as England attempt to qualify for the World Cup.
These will be on the following weekends:
- 29 August - 4 September
- 3-15 October
- 7-13 November
- 20-26 March 2017
Steve Wraith, football pundit and long-time Newcastle United fan has said that whichever North East team - Newcastle or Sunderland - is relegated from the Premier League, they will deserve it.
Speaking to ITV News Tyne Tees this lunchtime said both teams had flirted with relegation in recent seasons, and neither truly deserves to stay up.
Here's what he said:
Jermain Defoe's 18th goal of the season blasted Sunderland out of the Premier League relegation zone as 10-man Chelsea twice squandered the lead on Wearside.
Defoe struck 20 minutes from time - his first at the Stadium of Light since January 2 - to settle a five-goal thriller after first Wahbi Khazri and then Fabio Borini had cancelled out efforts from Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic with Blues skipper John Terry receiving his marching orders at the death for a second bookable offence.
The victory, which was just a third in 15 games for the Black Cats, saw them climb above derby rivals Newcastle, who could only draw at relegated Aston Villa, and means a home win over Everton on Wednesday evening will keep them up.
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