Revealed! Rafa Benitez's Tyne-Wear derby starting XI

Rafa Benitez has has named his Newcastle United starting XI for the Tyne-Wear derby.

Sunday, 20th March 2016, 11:30 am
Updated Sunday, 20th March 2016, 12:05 pm
Rafa Benitez

Manager Benitez has made two changes for this afternoon's game against Sunderland (1.30pm kick-off).

Defender Chancel Mbemba and winger Andros Townsend are recalled to the starting XI, while Steven Taylor and Vurnon Anita drop to the bench.

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Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey wears the captain's armband in the absence of injured skipper Fabricio Coloccini.

Relegation-threatened Newcastle are looking to end Sunderland's run of six successive derby defeats.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot; Janmaat, Mbemba, Lascelles, Colback; Sissoko, Shelvey, Wijnaldum, Townsend; Perez, Mitrovic. Subs: Darlow, Taylor, Anita, Saivet, De Jong, Riviere, Cisse.

SUNDERLAND: Mannone, Yedlin, Kone, Kaboul, van Aanholt, Kirchhoff, M’Vila, Rodwell, Khazri, Borini, Defoe. Subs: Jones, Cattermole, Pickford, N’Doye, O’Shea, Lens, Toivonen.

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