Sunderland vs Newcastle: Training Pictures

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Sunderland vs Newcastle is one of the biggest games this season, and the Magpies are going into it high on confidence.

The Tyneside club finally got the monkey off their back and won a game on Sunday, while the Black Cats have yet to taste victory this season.

A 6-2 mauling of Norwich City has boosted confidence in Newcastle, while West Bromwich Albion’s 1-0 win will have done nothing to improve the mental state of Sunderland.

The Magpies have been handed an injury boost as Rolando Aarons and Kevin Mbabu were declared fit, while the Black Cats could see injured trio Jack Rodwell, Adam Matthews and Ola Toivonen return.

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Toon head coach Steve McLaren will be eager to end the Wearside club’s winning run against his side – it currently stretches back five games and was often the stick used to beat former manager Alan Pardew with.

For Sam Allardyce, newly installed at the Stadium of Light, beating his old side will be sweet indeed as Newcastle sacked him after only eight months in the job.

Click through the pages to see how the Toon Army have been preparing for their battle on Sunday.