Steve McClaren will face the media today ahead of Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby.
McClaren’s side all but picks itself after last weekend’s 6-2 Premier League win over Norwich City, though he must choose between Cheick Tiote and Vurnon Anita in midfield.
Third-choice goalkeeper Rob Elliot will be between the posts with Tim Krul and Karl Darlow sidelined with injuries.
Elliot, however, feared his days at St James’s Park were numbered a few months ago as he battled back from a thigh problem.
We also look at the eight areas where the derby will be won and lost.
Of course, the Gazette will be covering McClaren’s pre-match Press conference this afternoon.
Meanwhile, new Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has been finalising his backroom team at the Stadium of Light.