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Sunderland U23s vs Newcastle U23s LIVE: Early team news ahead of mini Wear-Tyne derby

SAFC early team news

This from Sunderland's club website...

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Several players who recently impressed for the senior team should return for the contest on Wearside, with no first-team cup action being played this week. Will Harris’ cameo at Gillingham saw the striker make his league debut, and he could spearhead the attack with Stephen Wearne and Harrison Sohna also earning plaudits.

Jacob Carney, Ollie Younger and Tyrese Dyce could all return after their first-team exploits, with Arbenit Xhemajli working his way back to full fitness and featuring in the Leeds match last weekend.

Welcome

Good afternoon, and welcome to our live coverage of tonight's clash at the Stadium of Light.

Langley's preview

Langley told the club's website: "There's always a buzz around the game with it being a derby.

"There's quite a few local lads in the team who know how much it means to play against Sunderland. We're all making sure the new lads know how much more this game means for the people in the city.

"This game ranks right up there in terms of our season. You look at the fixture list when it comes out and you're looking for when you play Sunderland. It's such a massive fixture and now that it's around the corner, we need to make sure we are all focussed and ready for it.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JULY 18: Young Goalkeeper Dan Langley gives the thumbs up during the Newcastle United Training session at the Newcastle United Training Centre on July 18, 2020 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

"Whenever you come up against Sunderland, putting on the black and white shirt, there's only one thing on your mind and that's making sure you don't get beat and ultimately beating them.

"It's such a big rivalry and such an important game for us, as players and fans, where we know we need to get one up on them. We'll go into it trying to keep our heads and making sure we come out on top.

"Playing at their stadium makes it all the better. It's quite a large one and it'll be good to go there and try to get three points."