Welcome to the Independent's live coverage of the Tyne-Wear derby on a huge day in the North East with Newcastle United and Sunderland locking horns with their Premier League survival in the balance.
Rafael Benitez is preparing to lock horns with old-time foe Sam Allardyce with both managers in dire needs of points.
“My job is to keep the Newcastle fans as quiet as I possibly can,” Black Cats boss Allardyce said this week. “Our level of performance can control the atmosphere.
“Players react to atmosphere, they’re emotional. It can be good, as long as you keep control. [But] you can lose emotional control and tear around like a lunatic, take a corner then try to head it in like Roy of the Rovers. Forget Roy of the Rovers.”
Today's other matches...
- Southampton vs Liverpool - 1.30pm
- Manchester City vs Manchester United - 4pm
- Tottenham Hotspur vs Bournemouth - 4pm
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