Sunderland v Newcastle 

Sunday 5 April 4pm Live On SKY Sports

Sunderland v Newcastle, a game that needs no introduction.

The team with the worst recent Premier League form against one that isn’t much better.

John Carver stated that Mehdi Abeid was the only player who could possibly return today, meaning there is that extra welcome midfield option but little else to possibly change our fortunes.

There has been much talk about the last game against Arsenal being a case of a match of two halves, with Newcastle rubbish in the first and very good in the second.

To me, it is a tale of a game of two halves of tactics.

United haven’t got a great team but of those playing today, apart from Janmaat and Krul surely our best chance today is by letting the lieks of Perez, Cabella and Sissoko play as much football near the mackems’ goal as possible.

John Carver talks the talk (a bit like many of his players this week) but he has to throw away his negative strategy that is used game after game.

Against the Gunners, it was yet again a case of the midfield standing on the toes of the back four as he hopes by defending deep you might keep a clean sheet and sneak one at the far end.

The Arsenal match proved the stupidity of this senseless tactic as by inviting them to attack, Wenger’s boys won a succession of free-kicks and corners, ending up scoring from two of them.

At half-time with the game already lost, Carver at last allowed his team to play and remarkably they did exactly that, they played….well.

You won’t be surprised to learn that Sunderland are not Arsenal.

They are rubbish.

They have only won one Premier League match since they beat Newcastle in Dcember, three and a half months ago!

Even John Carver has managed two wins in his three months in charge.

Newcastle kept Sunderland up last season with the six points they gifted their local rivals.

United have already gift-wrapped three just before Christmas but can’t allow themselves to be the mackems’ saviours this time around.

If Newcastle get beat yet again by this useless shower, I think a lot of Newcastle fans will feel like telling Carver and his many of his players not to bother coming home.

We have listened to quite enough empty promises of effort, understanding and delivering a result.

Now is the time for the players and Carver to deliver.

Have a look at the team the fans chose to face Sunderland today, go HERE.