Stu Forster

Premier League, Week 8: Sunderland and Newcastle face off in Tyne-Wear derby

Sunderland were fortunate to earn a draw against Newcastle, despite their opponents being reduced to ten men for much of the game.

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Ten-man Everton hold out to earn point against QPR

Queens Park Rangers could only earn a draw against an Everton side that were reduced to ten men in a match filled with controversy.

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Black Cats lucky to draw 1-1 against ten-man Toon

Newcastle took the lead against Sunderland before being reduced to ten men, and conceded an own-goal late on to hand Sunderland a point.

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Newcastle a goal up but a man down at half-time

Newcastle are a goal up but a man down in the Tyne-Wear derby after Yohan Cabaye's goal and Cheik Tiote's red card.

It is the fifth dismissal in the past five games between the two rivals, and the game got off to a typically explosive start when Cabaye fired his team into the lead with just three minutes on the clock. Hatem Ben Arfa teed up Demba Ba to drive a fierce effort at Mignolet, which the Belgian could only palm out back into the area, where Cabaye was waiting to smash home.

As befits the fixture, a scrappy but entertaining contest followed, with Sunderland able to get forward but unable to put Newcastle under any real pressure. Midway through the half, however, they were given a huge helping hand after Cheik Tiote went over the ball in a challenge with Steven Fletcher, clattering the Scotland striker on the shin and earning himself a dismissal. In truth, Newcastle could be forgiven for thinking the red card was slightly harsh, but by the letter of the law could have no complaints.

Despite the numerical advantage, Sunderland still struggled to impose themselves on the Newcastle defence. The closest time the Black Cats came to scoring was in the 32nd minute, when Danny Rose's low cross found it's way to Adam Johnson in the area, but the England winger curled his shot wide of the far post.

And yet towards the end of the half, it was almost Newcastle who doubled their advantage. A corner was taken for Fabricio Coloccini to attempt a long-range strike, but his effort ricocheted onto the chest of Demba Ba, whose acrobatic effort from just a few yards out went over the crossbar with Simon Mignolet a thankful spectator.

Newcastle may be leading and a man down, but the Magpies have not shut up shop - the game is still very much an open one, and the game is posed for an absorbing second half. Martin O'Neill will know that his side have not been good enough, particularly given their advantage in numbers, so half-time substitutions would not be a surprise.

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Sunderland vs. Newcastle: Lineups

James McClean and Fabricio Coloccini return for Sunderland and Newcastle respectively, but Steven Taylor has to make do with a place on the bench.

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Norwich stuns Arsenal for first win of the year

Norwich got their first win of the season, defeating Arsenal at Carrow Road for the first time in 28 years behind a first half from Grant Holt

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Chris Baird scores a late winner for Fulham

Chris Baird's third career Fulham goal in his 150th appearance gave the Cottagers a 1-0 home victory over Aston Villa

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Swans down Wigan 2-1

Swansea got back on the right track with a victory, with both goals set up by Jonathan de Guzman.

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Sterling gives Liverpool 1-0 win over Reading

Raheem Sterling's first goal in the Premier League proved to be enough for Liverpool as they saw off Reading at Anfield.

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Dezko steals three points for a 10-man City

West Brom, despite having a man advantage, surrounded two late goal to Edin Dzeko as Manchester City escaped the Hawthornes with three points.

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Rooney scores at both ends as United thump Stoke

Stoke City scored first in their defeat to Manchester United, but it was never anything less than a comfortable win for the Red Devils.

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West Ham slaughters Southampton 4-1

West Ham won at home again and will be comfortably top half for another week, while Southampton might become acquainted with the drop zone shortly.

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Liverpool lead Reading 1-0 at half-time

Liverpool have a narrow but deserved lead at Anfield after Raheem Sterling scored his first Premier League goal to put them in the lead against Reading.

The youngster almost scored early in the match after linking up with Luis Suarez to fashion a chance for himself, but saw his shot blocked. It was one of a string of chances enjoyed by the Reds as they dominated possession, with Luis Suarez sending a chipped shot over the bar and Nuri Sahin also going close with an effort from range.

Liverpool have been reliant on Luis Suarez for goals, and will be even more with Fabio Borini injured for three months, but he turned creator to set up Raheem Sterling midway through the half, dinking the ball over the top of the Royals' defence for the youngster to finish confidently past Alex McCarthy.

Liverpool will be assured that they are in control of the game, but will also be aware that a 1-goal lead is never a secure one. Brian McDermott will know that his team still have a route back into this game.

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Tottenham 2-4 Chelsea: Brilliant Mata sinks Spurs

Both sides came from behind in an exciting game at White Hart Lane, but it was Chelsea who prevailed thanks to Juan Mata.

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Liverpool vs. Reading lineups: Reina out for Reds

Pepe Reina does not make the Liverpool team as they take on Reading at Anfield.

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West Brom vs. Manchester City: Lineups

Manchester City's embarrassment of riches is showing through again. They've picked a lineup that isn't terribly conventional for them, and given that a number of the players in their team are versatile and can play different positions, the formation is anyone's guess. Sergio Aguero has been left out after a long trip from South America, with Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli picked ahead of him. West Brom don't have their captain, Chris Brunt in their starting XI, nor is Romelu Lukaku in their lineup.

Manchester City starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart; Gael Clichy, Joleon Lescott, Vincent Kompany, Micah Richards; Yaya Toure, Gareth Barry; Mario Balotelli, Samir Nasri, James Milner; Carlos Tevez

West Bromwich Albion starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Ben Foster; Liam Ridgewell, Jonas Olsson, Gabriel Tamas, Gareth McAuley; Youssuf Mulumbu, Claudio Yacub; James Morrison, Graham Dorrans, Marc-Antoine Fortune; Shane Long

Kickoff is at 3 p.m. local, 10 a.m. ET from The Hawthorns. You can catch the game on FOX Soccer Plus in the United States.

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Manchester United vs. Stoke City: Lineups

David de Gea starts in goal for Manchester United and Antonio Valencia returns to the side, while Shinji Kagawa misses out through injury.

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Liverpool look to arrest poor form against Reading

Liverpool face what should be a straightforward encounter against Reading at Anfield, but the Reds cannot take anything for granted at the moment.

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Manchester City face tough test at the Hawthorns

Manchester City face a tough test as they travel to the Hawthorns to take on high-flying West Brom.

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Tottenham vs. Chelsea lineups: Friedel returns

Brad Friedel makes a surprise return to Spurs' starting XI as they take on Chelsea at White Hart Lane.

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Reds Hope To Go Marching On Against Stubborn Stoke

Will Michael Owen return to haunt Sir Alex Ferguson’s men and bag a debut goal for his new club? Will he even get on the pitch?

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Tottenham out to prove their legitimacy

Forget about the Andre Villas-Boas storyline. This is an important match between two very good teams, independent of who's managing each club.

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EPL Watchability: Two brilliant derbies on early

If you're an American, you should wake up at the crack of dawn on Saturday and Sunday to watch some great derbies. If you're in Europe, wake up at noon, then find an American to laugh at.

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