The Newcastle team v Sunderland sees Rafa Benitez make two changes.

Townsend starts ahead of Anita, whilst Chancel Mbemba replaces Steven Taylor.

According to the club, the team lines up 4-4-2, with Perez and Mitrovic up front, Townsend on left and Sissoko the right, with Wijnaldum alongside Shelvey in the middle.

Newcastle starting 11

Elliot, Janmaat, Lascelles, Mbemba, Colback, Sissoko, Townsend, Shelvey, Perez, Wijnaldum, Mitrovic

On the bench

Darlow, Taylor, Anita, Saivet, de Jong, Riviere, Cisse

(Compare the Rafa Benitez team to the predicted one featured earlier HERE)

Sunderland starting 11

Mannone, Yedlin, Kone, Kaboul, van Aanholt, Kirchoff, M’Vila, Rodwell, Khazri, Borini, Defoe

Sunderland Subs

Jones, Cattermole, N’Doye, O’Shea, Lens, Toivonen, Pickford

Newcastle v Sunderland Match Betting:

All  Newcastle v Sunderland match betting HERE

Wijnaldum to score first goal 7/1 – Newcastle to win both halves 5/1 – A red card to be shown 2/1

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