It’s been almost eight years without one of the biggest rivalries in English football taking place, and this Saturday (06) the wait will be over. The teams face each other at the Stadium of Light, at 9:45 am (Brasília time), in the third phase of the FA Cupwith transmission Pela ESPN no Star+.
This is the second longest gap without the derby since they first played in the English top flight in 1898. Only between March 1934 and October 1948 did fans go for a longer period without the Tyne-Wear derby.
In the FA Cup, this will be the first meeting between them since March 1956, when Sunderland won 2-0 away from home in the quarter-finals, before falling in the semis to Birmingham.
Newcastle were relegated in 2016 and promoted in 2017, the year in which Sunderland would fall.
Os Black Cats They would move to the third division in the following campaign and stayed there for four seasons and are now in their second year in the second tier, while the Magpies have remained in the Premier League throughout this period.
According to a list made by the newspaper The Telegraph In April 2018, Sunderland x Newcastle ranked second on the list of “fiercest” rivalries in English football.
“People say the Tyne-Wear rivalry is really about the English Civil War, when Newcastle remained loyal to the crown and Sunderland sided with parliament. But tell that to the Newcastle fan caught punching a police horse. This is not just a tale of two cities, or a football game with riot police, but a round of real symbolic importance, the kind that defines an entire season, an entire career”, said the publication.
In terms of titles, Sunderland has an advantage in the English Championship, with six cups (1891–92, 1892–93, 1894–95, 1901–02, 1912–13 and 1935–36), being the sixth biggest winner alongside Chelsea.
Newcastle appears next, with four trophies (1904–05, 1906–07, 1908–09 and 1926–27). In the FA Cup, however, the scenario is reversed: 6-2 for Newcastle. The duo never won the League Cup, a competition in which the Magpies they were runners-up in 2022-23.
For Saturday’s duel, Newcastle arrives as clear favorites, but will try to reverse a very unfavorable recent record, as they have not beaten their rival since August 2011.
There are six defeats and three draws in the last nine clashes, with a 1-1 draw in the most recent duel, in 2016, after six consecutive victories for Sunderland with a balance of 13-1.
Coming from six defeats in the last games and eliminations in the Champions League and League Cup, Newcastle is going through a turbulent time this season, largely due to the drop in its defensive performance and also injuries, which caused many absences, especially in the midfield, sector in which it also does not have the suspended Sandro Tonali. Now, the Magpies have had their greatest chance at an elite title in the FA Cup since 1954–55, when they won their last cup – after that, they only won in the second division.
Sunderland is undergoing a change, as Michael Beale, Rogério Ceni’s former assistant, took over the team less than 20 days ago, following the dismissal of Tony Mowbray.
The team comes from two wins and a draw in the last three rounds of the Championship and remains firm in the fight for a place in the next Premier League. His last major trophy was also in the FA Cup, in 1972-73.
The 18-year-old midfielder started 24 of 26 second division matches and scored four goals, second only to Jack Clarke’s 12. He arrived as one of the main reinforcements of the season, after transferring from Birmingham. On the side of Magpiesthere are players like Bruno Guimarães, Alexander Isak, among others.
These are just a few more attractions for a classic that, regardless of who plays or what it’s worth, would naturally stop England.
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