North-East Football Live: Saturday, January 18

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Boro 1

Charlton 0

Boro have won 1-0, but they needed an incredible save from Shay Given in stoppage time to claim all three points. The Irishman produced a superb point-blank save to keep out Stephens' strike.


Fleetwood Town 2 Hartlepool United 0 

Three defeats in a row for Pools now - left up against it after Richards early red card. 

Second half they conceded two goals in as many minutes which finished them off. 


Ossett Albion 2 Darlington 3

Tyrone Gay headed home a consolation in injury time for the hosts.


West Ham United 1 Newcastle United 3 (Cabaye 90)

It's all over now. Not even Andy Carroll could deliver an equaliser in the end for West Ham.

And in injury-time Yohan Cabaye capped a brilliant performance with a curling free-kick which found the net off the inside of the post.

The Hammers slip in to the bottom three after this defeat and Newcastle celebrate a first win of the year.



Boro 1

Charlton 0

Boro will play the last six minutes with ten men after Wiggins was sent off for an over-the-ball challenge on Whitehead.

It was a straight red for the Charlton defender, with Boro introducing Kamara in the hope of extending their lead.


Ossett Albion 1 Darlington 3

Fisher rounds the keeper after Purewal's flick-on. Breathing space. Ossett had come on strong in the last few minutes.


Middlesbrough 1 Charlton 0

Another change sees Smallwwood coming on for Main to strengthen up the midfield.

Boro are starting to make really hard work of this, with their passing repeatedly going awry.

However, Williams and Ayala continue to play well at the back, with Given exuding control and authority behind them.


Ossett Albion 1 Darlington 2
Meanwhile, third-placed Farsley fall 1-0 behind to Ossett Town.


West Ham United 1 Newcastle United 2

Andy Carroll will want to forget about that blunder.

After a great cross from Stewart Downing, Carroll had an goal to aim at but his volley flew over the bar from eight yards.


Middlesbrough 1 Charlton 0

Charlton have had the ball in the net, but it was rightly disallowed as substitute Simon Church also bundled over Shay Given in order to put it there.

Boro have dropped out of the game in the last ten minutes or so. Maybe they think their job is done, but with 20 minutes or so still to play, it isn't.


Ossett Albion 1 Darlington 2
Utterly bizarre. Ossett Albion’s Liam Schofield is booking for diving, despite clearly being clattered by Chris Hunter.


Fleetwood 2 Hartlepool 0 

Two goals in a minute and Pools won't come back from this.

First on 68 minutes, Parkin took a swing with his left foot anbd curled across Flinders. 

Then Baldwin lost possession on halfway to Mandron, and a quick break saw Marrow head towards goal and finish low. 


West Ham United 1 Newcastle United 2

Upton Park is a different place in the second half. There is a real sense that West Ham could get something from this now. Every attack seems to be a Hammers one.

Carroll close to converting a Downing cross moments ago. 


Fleetwood 0 Hartlepool 0

An hour in and Fleetwood starting to boss the game a bit now - Pools sitting in and defending. 

Parkin has gone close a couple of times, Flinders making a good low save to keep it out. 



Ossett Albion 1 Darlington 2
Stephen Thompson flashes an effort wide of the far post and within seconds runs at goal from a central area but keeper Adam Rhodes dealt easily with the tame effort. Quakers have a grip on the game now, need a goal to give themselves some breathing space.


West Ham United 1 Newcastle United 2

Vurnon Anita has gone off and Shola Ameobi is on.

Alan Pardew needed to change something because the second half has been all about the Hammers since Adrian denied Remy shortly after the restart.


Middlesbrough 1 Charlton 0

First change for Boro sees Jutkiewicz replacing Emnes, who dropped out of the game fairly quickly after a reasonably bright start.

One chance for Charlton in the second half, with Wood shooting wide from 14 yards after the Boro defence failed to clear a ball into the box.


West Ham United 1 Newcastle United 2

Strong suggestions that Andy Carroll will not be figuring from the bench against his former club.

But just as the news reached the press box, Carroll put on a bib and has started to warm up down the touchline for the first time this afternoon.


Ossett Albion 1 Darlington 2

David Dowson on 54mins. Converts into an empty net after Amar Purewal's first shot was saved.


Ossett Albion 1 Darlington 1
Stephen Thompson goes round the keeper and goes down looking for a penalty. The Darlington forward was instead booked for dissent.


Ossett Albion 1 Darlington 1
Darlington level, looked like Alan White with a close-range header.


Middlesbrough 1 Charlton 0

Under way in the second half at the Riverside, and Whitehead has just sliced a decent opportunity wide after good work in the area from Main.


Ossett Albion 1 Darlington 0

Ossett's Wes Milnes sees red for fouling a goal-bound David Dowson. Thought there may have been a covering defender...


Ossett Albion 1 Darlington 0
Darlington poor so far, though they improved as the half went on, but they have not tested the Ossett keeper yet.
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Ossett Albion 1 Darlington 0
Joe Tait pushed to the floor at a corner, but again the referee was not interested. That was Quakers’ fourth penalty appeal.


Ossett Albion 1 Darlington 0
A bright moment for Darlington with Joe Tait weaving through midfield and into the penalty area. He rode a couple of challenges, but the shot was off target.
Darlington on top now, but Ossett keeper Adam Rhodes hasn’t had a shot to save. Amar Purewal tried a long-range effort, but it was well wide.


Ossett Albion 1 Darlington 0
Another Darlington penalty appeal. This time after Galbraith’s free-kick was blocked by Ossett’s wall. Free-kick awarded after Eddy Birch tripped Stephen Thompson 20 yards from goal.


Fleetwood 0 Hartlepool 0

Ten man Pools not really troubled by the home side. Richards off after two mins to no complaints, but since then the 4-4-1 set up has been steady away.

Expect a bit more from Fleetwood in the second half. 


West Ham United 1 (Cole 45) Newcastle United 2

Fantastic first half from Newcastle and a worrying one from West Ham. Yet the Hammers have pulled one back seconds before the half-time whistle.

Carlton Cole's presence forced Steven Taylor in to an  error and Mike Williamson could only help Cole force the ball over the line.

That has given West Ham a lift at just the right time after a dreadful opening half. Newcastle should be well clear by now.


Boro 1

Charlton 0

Half-time, and Middlesbrough deservedly lead 1-0.

It's been a fairly scrappy half, but Boro have been comfortably in control throughout, with Ledesma's skidding 16th-minute strike making the difference.



Middlesbrough 1 Charlton 0

It all feels fairly routine for Middlesbrough at the moment - and it's been a while since you could say that at the Riverside.

Carayol almost scored a second from long range, but Thuram-Ulien kept out his 25-yard strike with his legs, and also stopped the winger from scoring with the follow up.


West Ham United 0 Newcastle United 2

Atmosphere tense at Upton Park. The home fans clearly frustrated with the football being served up by the Hammers.

Cabaye and Co enjoying themselves though ... as are the 3,500 fans in the away end.


West Ham United 0 Newcastle United 2 (Remy 32)

Loic Remy has added a second. Soft goal to concede for the Hammers, with Taylor missing a cross from Sissoko. Remy chested down and applied the finish.


Fleetwood v Hartlepool 

25 mins in and ten man Pools looking fairly comfortable. Couple of chances for the home side, but nothing to worry the 4-4-1 set up. 

Harewood left alone up front, and could do with some better service. 


Middlesbrough 1 Charlton 0

Boro looking reasonably comfortable after Ledesma's opener.

Rhys Williams looks much happier at centre-half, and they're spreading play from front to back really well.

It also helps that Marvin Emnes is having one of his livelier days. No real chances since Ledesma scored though.


Ossett Albion 1 Darlington 0
Darlington have yet to settle. Can’t get a foot on the ball, Ossett are denying them space and are happy to get men behind the ball. The pitch isn’t helping either, cutting up badly.
“Switch on and start doing your f****** job!” shouts Alan White. Fair comment.


West Ham United 0 Newcastle United 1

Could have been two for Newcastle there. Adrian, the West Ham goalkeeper, denied Moussa Sissoko after a lovely pass from Cabaye.

Newcastle looking very impressive, particularly Cabaye. He has also just curled a shot wide from 18 yards.  


Middlesbrough 1 (Ledesma 16)

Charlton 0

Boro claim the lead thanks to a long-range strike from Ledesma.

The winger picked up a loose ball about 30 yards from goal, advanced a couple of yards, and hit a dipping strike that bounced in front of the Charlton keeper and seemed to totally bamboozle him.

A very soft one from the visitors' point of view, but if you don't buy a ticket, you won't win the raffle.


Middlesbrough 0 Charlton 0

Boro look dangerous when they up the pace, but there have been spells when things have been too pedestrian from both sides.

Given claimed a weak long-range effort from Cousins, before Williams strode out of the Boro defence to set up Emnes, who drilled into the side netting.


West Ham United 0 Newcastle United 1 (Cabaye 15)

After the Hammers went close at one end, Newcastle broke down the left, Gouffran played a pass inside for Cabaye and the midfielder side-footed a lovely finish beyond Adrian.

Ideal start for the Magpies.


Fleetwood v Hartlepool 

Red card after 2min 14 seconds for Pools. Jordan Richards for a reckless lunge on Jeff Hughes. No complaints about the card, it was late and high. 

Luke James gone off with Sam Collins on and Jack Baldwin gone to right back. 


Ossett Albion 1 Darlington 0
Ossett’s goal came a minute after hitting the post. Ryan Harrison’s deep cross from the left was met by Darol Lucas who took the ball down sublimely and then with his second touch hit the woodwork.


Ossett Albion 1 Darlington 0

Two penalty Darlington appeals. First Amar Purewal was felled in the area and then Tyrone Gay clattered Stephen Thompson. No spot-kick given, so Alan White was quick to give referee Luke Watson a piece of his mind.


Middlesbrough 0 Charlton 0

Decent start from Boro, who have won most of the 50-50 tackles on offer so far.

Only chance fell to Main, who stroked a 20-yard side-foot narrowly wide of the right-hand post.


West Ham United v Newcastle United 

Internet finally working in the press box, match under way. West Ham have started brightly, the bubbles have burst and Newcastle have had their first attack.

Loic Remy twisted and turned in the Hammers box before scuffing his left foot shot narrowly wide. 


Ossett Albion 1 Darlington 0

1-0 to Ossett Albion on 6mins. Took a major deflection off Joe Tait, it was Darol Lucas who had the shot.


Ossett Albion v Darlington

Ossett Albion set a new club record recently by using five different goalkeepers in five consecutive competitive games.

Ryan Pugh played on Boxing Day, then in the following match Albion keeper Phil Wood, who retired a couple of years ago to take up rugby, stepped in to help out. But he was unavailable on New Year’s Day for the trip to Farsley, so was replaced by Ashley Connor.

With usual keeper Adam Rhodes still injured and the earlier replacements unavailable, Ossett then signed Jamie Abbott who turned out against Warrington Town, before a partially fit Rhodes returned and kept a clean sheet last weekend.



Ossett Albion v Darlington

Ossett have won only three league fixtures this season, the most recent coming seven days ago when they won 2-0 at Clitheroe.




Ossett Albion v Darlington

Ossett Albion’s wretched home form reads: played 14, won one, drawn one, lost 12.

They have lost their last eight home league games, though the most recent two were against the division’s top sides Curzon Ashton and Warrington, who both won by single-goal margins.


Ossett Albion v Darlington

In the league, Stephen Thompson is Quakers’ leading scorer with 17 goals. Other league scorers are: Amar Purewal 15, David Dowson 9, Nathan Fisher 3,Terry Galbraith 3, Alan White 2, Jonny Davis 2, Leon Scott 1, Joe Tait 1 and Steven Johnson 1.


Ossett Albion v Darlington

Darlington are looking to maintain their good form having won eight of their last nine league matches, a run that has taken them up to fourth.

Last Saturday they won 2-0 at Harrogate Railway Athletic, a game that saw Joe Tait score just eight minutes into his return to the club.

Stephen Thompson got the second goal, taking his tally for the season in all competitions to 20.


Ossett Albion v Darlington

Dan Burn plays his first league game for Fulham today at Arsenal. He made his full Darlo debut in March 2010 (lost 3-1 to Torquay).


Middlesbrough vs Charlton

Leeds' defeat to Leicester in the lunch-time kick-off means Middlesbrough will definitely go into the top half of the Championship table if they win today.

However, they haven't won a January home game in the league for six years, with their last success coming courtesy of a Jeremie Aliadiere winner against Wigan.


Ossett Albion v Darlington

There is no surprise at Darlington sticking with the same starting XI for today’s game at rock-bottom Ossett Albion.

They have won eight of their last nine league games, the most recent success being seven days ago at Harrogate RA.

Ossett Albion: Rhodes, Nicholson, Schofield, Holt, Milnes, Birch, Lucas, Gay, Henson, Grech-Brooksbank, Harrison. Subs: Noble, Muller, Hitch, Walsh

Darlington: Bell; Harrison, Hunter, White, Galbraith; Robinson, Tait, Hopson; Thompson; Dowson, Purewal. Subs: Jameson (gk), Weldon, Davis, Fisher, Johnson


Sunderland 2 Southampton 2 (FT)

Southampton's Dejan Lovren leaves the pitch on a stretcher

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Sunderland 2 Southampton 2

Black Cats' second half display deserved at least a point. Could be a valuable point in the long run.


Fleetwood v Hartlepool 

As expected - debut for Marlon Harewood for Pools. He's in for James Poole and Pools expected to line up 4-4-2 today. 

FLEETWOOD TOWN (3-5-2): Roberts, Pond, Goodall; McLaughlin, Murdoch, Schumacher, Hughes, Taylor; Parkin, Ball. Subs: Evans, Hogan, Cresswell, Maxwell, Carr, Mandron, Marrow.
HARTLEPOOL UNITED (4-4-2): Flinders; Richards, Baldwin, Burgess, Austin; Compton, Walker, Walton, Monkhouse; Harewood, James. Subs: Collins, Franks, Rafferty, Sweeney, Holden, Rodney, Hawkins.
Referee: James Adcock (Nottingham)



Newcastle United v West Ham United

Approaching half an hour until kick-off at Upton Park. 

The Magpies have won five and lost five of their ten away games this season in the Premier League. A draw is overdue ... 



Middlesbrough vs Charlton

Aitor Karanka has made two changes to his Middlesbrough starting XI for today's home game with Charlton.

Curtis Main and Mustapha Carayol come into the side as the Teessiders look to make it six Championship games without defeat.

The duo replace Lukas Jutkiewicz and Albert Adomah from the side that won at Blackpool last weekend.

Striker Kei Kamara is on the bench after returning from injury in the midweek development win over Arsenal, with Jonathan Woodgate also named among the replacements.

However, there is no place in the squad for either Kenneth Omeruo or Nathaniel Chalobah, both of whom have moved on loan from Chelsea this month.

MIDDLESBROUGH (4-2-3-1): Given; Varga, R Williams, Ayala, Friend; Leadbitter, Whitehead; Ledesma, Emnes, Carayol; Main.

Subs: Konstantopoulos (gk), Woodgate, Gibson, Smallwood, Butterfield, Jutkiewicz, Kamara.

CHARLTON (4-5-1): Thuram; Wilson, Wiggins, Morrison, Wood; Cousins, Stephens, Jackson,  Cook, Harriott; Kermorgant.

Subs: Phillips (gk), Hughes, Evina, Dervite, Green, Church, Ajdarevic.


Sunderland 2 Southampton 2

Sunderland's Adam Johnson (left) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal

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Sunderland 2 Southampton 2

Shortly after Johnson's equaliser, Fletcher almost put Sunderland ahead but Boruc made a brilliant save to deny the forward from close range. Black Cats well and truly in the ascendancy here.


West Ham United v Newcastle United 

Alan Pardew has named the same team to face the Hammers which narrowly lost out to Manchester City last Sunday.

The Magpies will not be facing former striker Andy Carroll from the start. The Gateshead-born front-man, who recently returned from a heel injury, is named on the bench by Sam Allardyce.

WEST HAM UNITED (4-2-3-1): Adrian; Rat,Collins, Johnson, Taylor; Diame, Collison; Jarvis, Noble, Downing; C Cole. Subs: Jaaskelainen (gk), Carroll, Maiga, Morrison, Diarra, J Cole, Chambers.
NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-2-3-1): Krul; Yanga-Mbiwa, Williamson, Taylor, Santon; Anita, Tiote; Sissoko, Cabaye, Gouffran; Remy. Subs: Cisse, Dummett, Ben Arfa, Haidara, Elliot (gk), Obertan, Sh Ameobi.


Fleetwood Town v Hartlepool (3pm)

COLIN COOPER believes Marlon Harewood can be of benefit to Hartlepool United in more ways than one.

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Sunderland 2 Southampton 2 (Johnson, 72)

Gardner helps on Ki's cross-field pass to Johnson, who advanced  into the area and beat Boruc at his near post with a stinging effort.

Fletcher is here and has just come on for Altidore.


West Ham United v Newcastle United (3pm)

EVEN with the seemingly incessant injury problems suffered by Andy Carroll since his £35m move from Newcastle United three years ago, today will not be the first time the striker has faced his former club.

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Middlesbrough v Charlton Athletic (3pm)

AITOR KARANKA has warned his resurgent Middlesbrough side against complacency when they face Charlton Athletic today.

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The Advertiser Series: Talks: Aitor Karanka is flying in to south London next week to open talks with Crystal Palace about the top job


Sunderland 1 Southampton 2

The Black Cats have been much better since the restart, but the Saints continue to threaten on the break. Borini has just had a goal ruled out for offside



Middlesbrough vs Charlton

Full teams coming up soon, but the early news is that neither Omeruo nor Chalobah are even in the squad after signing on loan from Chelsea.

Kamara is on the substitutes bench alongside Woodgate, with Main and Carayol coming into the starting line-up.


Sunderland 1 Southampton 2

Southampton's Adam Lallana (right) and Sunderland's Marcos Alonso battle for the ball

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Middlesbrough vs Charlton

We're just over an hour away from kick-off at the Riverside, and it'll be interesting to see if either Kenneth Omeruo or Nathaniel Chalobah get the nod to start against Charlton.

Aitor Karanka must also decide whether to restore Kei Kamara to the starting line-up after the striker scored two goals for the development side as he made his comeback from injury against Arsenal this week.




Sunderland 1 Southampton 2

Rodriquez and Lovren gave the Saints a deserved 2-0 lead inside 31 minutes, but Borini pulled one back for Sunderland.


Sunderland 1 Southampton 2

Sunderland's Fabio Borini celebrates with his team-mate Lee Cattermole (left) after scoring his team's opening goal

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Sunderland 1 Southampton 2 (Lovren, 31, Borini, 32)

Things go from bad to worse for Sunderland. But wait, one minute after Lovren volleys in from a corner to double Saints' lead, Borini finishes at the other end.



Sunderland 0 Southampton 1

Great chance for the Saints to double their lead. Brown's mistake allows Lambert to play in Rodriquez, but luckily Mannone gathers his low shot. 

The Black Cats are yet to have a shot on goal



Sunderland v Southampton

Southampton's Jay Rodriguez (left) celebrates after scoring his team's opening goal

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Sunderland 0 Southampton 1

Rumours flying around Steven Fletcher did not warm up and is nowhere to be seen despite being named on the bench for Sunderland. 

Meanwhile, the Black Cats are struggling to get near the ball. Southampton passing the ball around very well.


Sunderland 0 Southampton 1 (Rodriquez, 4)

Black Cats punished for a slow start. Rodriquez allowed to take ball down and fire in from edge of the area. 




Sunderland v Southampton

Good afternoon and welcome the The Northern Echo's live blog. First up is today's early kick-off at the Stadium of Light where Sunderland host Southampton. A win could take the Black Cats out of the bottom three.

GUS POYET makes two changes to his Sunderland side for this afternoon’s game against Southampton at the Stadium of Light.
Seb Larsson and Jozy Altidore both come into the starting line-up with Jack Colback and Steven Fletcher both dropping to the bench.

Sunderland: Mannone; Bardsley, Brown, O’Shea, Alonso; Johnson, Larsson, Ki, Cattermole, Borini; Altidore.

Subs: Pickford, Gardner, Fletcher, Celustka, Colback, Giaccherini, Roberge.

Southampton: Boruc; Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw; Cork, Schneiderlin, Davis, Lallana; Rodriquez, Lambert.

Subs: Davis, Clyne, Yoshida, Ramirez, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Hooiveld.


Sunderland v Southampton

Kick-off approaching at Sunderland, while you're waiting for that, here's a great Ki Sung-Yeung piece penned by Scott Wilson.

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Ossett Albion v Darlington

Ossett Albion's last six home league games: LLLLLL

Darlington's last six away league games: WWWWWW


Ossett Albion v Darlington

Five games have been postponed due to waterlogged pitches in the Evo-Stik First Division, leaving Darlington as one of only two teams in the top six in action.

Third-placed Farsley's game goes ahead, they are at home to Ossett Town. But the top-of-the-table clash between Curzon Ashton and Warrington is off.

Bamber Bridge and Lancaster, in fifth and sixth respectively, are also out of action today.


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Middlesbrough subs: Konstantopoulos, Gibson, Main, Butterfield, Kamara, Woodgate, Chalobah.
Charlton subs: Alnwick (gk), Evina, Dervite, Hughes, Green, Harriott, Pigott.


Nathaniel Chalobah is available for selection having signed from Chelsea on loan on Thursday, but is unlikely to start. Jonathan Woodgate has recovered from an illness but Rhys Williams should keep his place in the team. Fit-again Kei Kamara will be on the bench having scored twice against Arsenal U21s.


Chris Powell expects Dale Stephens to be available for Saturday's trip to Middlesbrough following a bout of sickness, and also hopes to have Chris Solly (knee) back in the starting XI. Loan signing Astrit Ajdarević will be in the squad for the trip north after receiving international clearance.

Referee: Keith Stroud (Gillingham)
Odds: Middlesbrough 5/6, Charlton 18/5, draw 11/4
It’s a fact: It is more than 30 years since Boro scored more than twice against Charlton at home in the league.

Comment by RICHARD MASON: Middlesbrough should have little trouble beating Charlton as long as they can keep their organisation at the back. Return to fitness of Kamara will be a boon.

Prediction: 1-0


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Fleetwood subs: Mandron, Marrow, Murdoch, Hogan, Cresswell, Maxwell, Carr 
Pools subs: Rafferty (gk), Collins, Rodney, Holden, Franks, Hawkins, Rutherford 


Marlon Harewood is in line for his debut, with Pools likely to start with a 4-4-2 formation. Jordan Richards will be at right back, with Jack Compton pressing for a recall on the right wing. James Poole has a hamstring strain.


On loan Sunderland striker Mikael Mandaron could start for the home side.

Referee: James Adcock (Nottingham)
Odds: H evens; D 5/2; A 16/5
It’s a fact: Last weekend was Scott Flinders’ 100th consecutive appearance for Pools - only nine players have achieved the feat.

Comment by NICK LOUGHLIN: Pools should be lifted by the arrival of Harewood, but have to get back to being a tight defensive unit after recent slips.

Prediction: 2-1


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West Ham subs: Jaaskeleinen (gk), Diarra, Carroll, Taylor, Maiga, Collison, Vaz Te.
Newcastle subs: Elliot (gk), Haidara, Ben Arfa, Gosling, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Cisse.


Andy Carroll is in the squad to face his former club, but it is likely he will start on the bench for West Ham. James Tomkins and Kevin Nolan are suspended while Guy Demel is also out.


Alan Pardew has no fresh injury concerns with Mathieu Debuchy (suspended) and Fabricio Coloccini (injury) both still missing.

Referee: Andre Marriner (Bolton)
Odds: H: 2/1, D: 12/5, A: 6/4
It’s a fact: Andy Carroll scored in Newcastle’s last win at the Boleyn Ground in October 2010 in a game which also saw Hammers midfielder Kevin Nolan score for the visitors.

Comment by STEPH CLARK: Newcastle are desperate to end their winless run and have a great opportunity against a patched-up West Ham side. However, Carroll’s return could be pivotal.

Prediction: 1-1


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Sunderland subs: Pickford (gk), Celustka, Larsson, Gardner, Watmore, Giaccherini, Altidore.
Southampton subs: Davis (gk), Yoshida, Hooiveld, Ramirez, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Gallagher.


With no injury problems to contend with, Gustavo Poyet could name his first unchanged team as Sunderland manager. Carlos Cuellar is a week away from a return to fitness, while Keiren Westwood will be sidelined for the majority of the rest of the season after a shoulder operation.


Dani Osvaldo remains suspended for Southampton after being found guilty of violent conduct following a fracas at Newcastle.

Referee: Chris Foy (St Helens)
Odds: Sunderland 2-1, Draw 11-5, Southampton 11-8
It’s a fact: Sunderland have not won successive Premier League matches since last April, when they triumphed against Newcastle and Everton.

Comment by SCOTT WILSON: With this week’s off-field events bound to have had an effect on Southampton’s preparations, this is a great opportunity for Sunderland to haul themselves out of the bottom three.

Prediction: 2-1


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