A combined starting line-up of Newcastle United and Sunderland players from the Premier League era, ahead of the upcoming Tyne-Wear derby
Ahead of the anticipated Tyne-Wear derby between Newcastle United and Sunderland, here is a cracking combined team of the best ever stars from both sides in the Premier League era.
The Black Cats are a best priced 13/8 with Bet Victor to secure a home victory at the Stadium of Light, while the visiting Magpies are 21/10 with BetFred to topple their bitter rivals.
Goalkeeper: Shay Given – Newcastle
An inevitable choice between the sticks, with the Irishman making more than 350 outstanding appearances for the Magpies in his classy career and pulling off countless spectacular saves.
Right back: Chris Makin – Sunderland
Makin made over 100 appearances for the Black Cats and was a fan favourite with his aggressive style of defending.
Centre back: Gary Breen – Sunderland
A former Wearside captain under fellow Irishman and then-manager Mick McCarthy, with the defender making over 100 appearances.
Centre back: Jonathan Woodgate – Newcastle
Woodgate instantly became a huge success on Tyneside with his potent performances in the heart of defence. He eventually went on to represent Spanish giants Real Madrid but injury plagued his career at the top.
Left back: Julio Arca – Sunderland
The Argentine made over 150 outings for Sunderland and was signed for a substantial £3.5m by Peter Reid in 2000.
Right midfield: Roberto Solano – Newcastle
The versatile Peruvian wideman earned hero-status at St James Park during seven-and-a-half seasons, with his undeniable crossing and set-piece quality a delightful asset on Tyneside.
Centre midfield: Peter Beardsley – Newcastle
His return to Newcastle was part of Kevin Keegan’s Entertainers was a huge gamble, but it proved to an inspired move as he formed an amazing partnership with Andy Cole and netted 25 goals to justify his £1.5m price-tag.
Centre midfield: Kevin Ball – Sunderland
Twice won promotion to the Premier league with Sunderland, going on to make 338 appearances and scoring an impressive 27 times.
Left midfield: Lauren Robert – Newcastle
An incredible talent who regularly dispatched Goal of the Season contenders with his ferocious left foot.
Striker: Kevin Phillips – Sunderland
Sunderland’s sublime finisher had an incredible eye for goal and was prolific during his time on Wearside.
Striker: Alan Shearer – Newcastle
The Premier League’s all-time top scorer is an easy selection, with the former top-flight sharpshooter firing in an incredible.