Picking a Combined Newcastle United-Sunderland XI

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Picking a Combined Newcastle United-Sunderland XI
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Newcastle United and Sunderland go head-to-head in the 150th Tyne-Wear derby Saturday, with the Black Cats aiming to make it three wins in a row against their bitter rivals.

The clash comes at a good time for Gus Poyet’s men, who have won five of their last seven games and booked themselves a place at Wembley in the Capital One Cup final in the process.

But the Magpies have revenge on their minds following a 3-0 reverse in the same fixture last season and a 2-1 loss at the Stadium of Light in October.

Both clubs have made signings this week, with Dutch striker Luuk de Jong joining the Toon on loan and Argentine international forward Ignacio Scocco linking up with the Wearsiders.

Ahead of Saturday’s big game at St. James’ Park, we take a look at what a combined Newcastle-Sunderland XI would look like based on current form and players who are not missing through injury.

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