The Tyne-Wear rivalry between Sunderland and Newcastle is one of the more fascinating FA Cup 3rd round matchups. Kickoff is scheduled for early on Saturday, January 6th.
Following 3 straight defeats in all competitions to finish 2023, including an EFL Cup knockout by Chelsea, the out-of-form Magpies played a generally indifferent game versus title-chasing Liverpool and ultimately lost 4-2. Newcastle, who had lost 7 of their previous 8 matches overall across all competitions, was reeling from a troubling run of 4 straight losses. They now wanted to end a similar run of losses in a row within the FA Cup, where they had not won since shortly before the start of the COVID-19 lockout in March 2020. The Magpies are also no strangers to losing in the third round to lower-division opposition; in the previous two seasons, they were eliminated by Cambridge United and Sheffield Wednesday. Additionally, Newcastle has not triumphed over Tyne-Wear opponents Sunderland in any competition since 2011, going without a victory in an incredible 9 consecutive derbies.
Considering Sunderland’s recent performance under Michael Beale during the manager’s initial bounce period, the lower-tier hosts might feel confident about maintaining their position in the food chain over their fierce rivals. Beale has watched his Sunderland team win two games against Preston and Hull City and record 7 points out of the last 9 available, along with 2 clean sheets. The battle for promotion has now been put on hold as Sunderland starts its most recent FA Cup season. The Black Cats have lifted the FA Cup twice already, in 1937 and 1973. Sunderland’s recent aspirations for national glory have, however, ended early. In the last 8 seasons, the hosts have only advanced past the 3rd round once, and that was in the 2022–2023 season, when Fulham eliminated them following a fourth-round rematch.
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Sunderland vs Newcastle Game Information
- Date: 01/06/2024
- Time: 07:45 AM ET
- Location: Stadium of Light (Sunderland).
- How to Watch Sunderland vs Newcastle: Peacock
- Live Stream: fubo.tv