Wear-Tyne derby: Ten facts heading into Sunday’s crunch clash

FIRST DERBY ... Dick Advocaat.
FIRST DERBY ... Dick Advocaat.
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SUNDERLAND and Newcastle United go head to head on Sunday in another crunch Wear-Tyne derby.

Here are 10 facts to mull over ahead of the clash at the Stadium of Light.

1. History

This will be the 154th meeting between the teams.

Sunderland have won 51 so far, with Newcastle coming out on top 53 times.

2. Johnson record

Adam Johnson will be hoping to continue his fine form against Newcastle, if selected.

The winger has scored in three of the last four derbies.

3. Second game

Dick Advocaat’s second game in charge of Sunderland is in the derby, as was the case for Paolo Di Canio and Gus Poyet, who both beat Newcastle before going on to succeed in their survival bids.

4. Top scorers

George Holley is Sunderland’s top scorer in the fixture, with 15 goals, while Newcastle’s Jackie Milburn is their top marksman, with 11.

5. Doubles

Sunderland will be looking for their seventh home and away double against Newcastle, and second in a row.

Newcastle have achieved the feat nine times.

6. First return

Jack Colback will make his first return to the Stadium of Light since crossing the Wear-Tyne divide last summer.

He played against Sunderland in the reverse fixture.

7. Great run

Sunderland are looking for their fifth successive win against Newcastle and a seventh game unbeaten.

They have never won five in a row in the fixture.

8. Goal record

Sunderland have scored 227 goals against Newcastle, just four more than their rivals’ 223 in what has historically been a tight fixture.

9. Advocaat record

Sunderland will be hoping Advocaat continues his 100 per cent record against Newcastle.

At PSV, he beat them 1-0 and 2-0 in the Champions League, in the 1997-98 campaign.

10. Seeing red

There have been five red cards in the last nine derbies, but none in the last four meetings between the sides.