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Resurgent Sunderland will look to continue their strong recent form when they make the short trip to St James’ Park to take on their north-east rivals Newcastle.
The club are in the midst of a superb run of form that has seen them pick up 7 points from their last three games with their most win, a 1-0 success over Stoke, moving them out of the relegation zone.
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Key to their recent revival has been the form of Adam Johnson. The England winger has scored 6 goals so far in 2014 and he will hope that he can help inspire a first double over Newcastle since 1967.
Newcastle meanwhile don’t have the worry of a relegation battle to contend with. The club are currently 8th in the table some five points ahead of 9th place Southampton and just 8 off a Europa league spot.
The club have endured a mixed week in the transfer market with Johan Cabaye leaving and Luuk de Jong arriving.
De Jong joins from on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach with the 23 year old Dutch forward is likely to start on the bench after failing to make a single appearance for the Bundesliga side this season.
The Magpies will be without Loic Remy through suspension after the French man failed to his red card from the Norwich match rescinded on appeal with his absence providing Alan Pardew with a minor headache as Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse are struggling with minor knocks.
With Cabaye sealing a move to PSG during the week the creative burden will rest on the shoulder of Hatem ben Arfa.
The former Marseille man has made just 11 starts this season but is likely to be in from the start against Sunderland and will do so with the full backing of his manager.
“I have said to him, ‘You have been waiting and you have been patient’, because he has conducted himself well in and around the building and his temperament has been great,” Pardew said.
“Now his time has come and, in football, you have to take the moment when it arrives.
“It’s a blow to lose Cabaye, and I think we are all aware of losing that creative influence
“But we need to lean on other members of our staff if we don’t get a replacement, and in particular Sammy, Marveaux, Hatem, those creative influences who have been on the sidelines.”
Skipper Fabricio Coloccini is also set to miss out as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.
Sunderland meanwhile are set to hand debuts to a number of signings with Liam Bridcutt and Ignacio Scocco, signed from Brighton and Internacional respectively, set to take their places in the squad.