Here is the predicted Newcastle team v Sunderland.
I don’t see anything too radical in terms of team selection but there should be two obvious changes, fitness allowing.
Andros Townsend must surely come in after a substitute appearance at Leicester and a week of training since.
The player to drop out from the front six must be Vurnon Anita, he was abysmal against the Foxes and his lightweight presence is the last thing we need today against Cattermole and the rest.
At the back, Chancel Mbemba returned to full training on Friday and whilst it may not be ideal after a period out through injury, he must come in if in any decent state, with then toss up between Lascelles and Taylor dropping out.
There are reports that Kevin Mbabu is ready to return and I would be tempted to play him, though I definitely think Rafa Benitez will stick with Colback at left-back after his decent showing against Mahrez on Monday.
One surprise I have a fancy that will be made, is Townsend to play on his favoured right wing and Moussa Sissoko brought inside alongside Shelvey, to hopefully give the middle of the pitch a bit more legs.
Predicted Newcastle team v Sunderland:
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