Match preview: Sunderland v Newcastle United U21

Sunderland will go up against Newcastle United’s second string tonight for a place in the last eight of the Checkatrade Trophy.

Taking on the Magpies at the Stadium of Light, kick-off 7:45pm, supporters are advised that tickets for the cup tie are now OFF sale and there will be no cash turnstiles. 

More than 16,000 tickets have been sold for tonight’s meeting, with Newcastle set to be backed by 2,800 fans for the trip through to Wearside.

Having conceded just once in the competition so far, the Black Cats have reached the last 16 following victories over Carlisle United, Morecambe and Notts County.

Newcastle, meanwhile, are unbeaten in the competition after topping Group G with three wins before defeating Macclesfield Town on penalties to book a Northern Section last 16 place.

Sunderland have no fresh injury concerns, however, Jack Ross admitted at his pre-match press conference on Monday that at Charlton on Saturday he had just 15 fit outfield players.

George Honeyman and Adam Matthews are expected to remain out after missing the festive fixtures through injury while Lee Cattermole remains suspended.

Hotshot Elias Sørensen, 19, who signed a new three-and-a-half year deal on Monday with the Magpies, has scored in all four of the visitors Checkatrade Trophy matches to date.

Hitting a total of 19 goals in the first half of the season, including one in their win over Sunderland under-23s on Friday, the Dane is likely to lead the line this evening for Newcastle.

Victor Fernandez is missing for Newcastle United under-21s through injury and it remains to be seen whether first-team trio Freddie Woodman, Jamie Sterry and Sean Longstaff will be made available for the clash.


Admission to the match is by advanced purchased tickets only. Tickets for the game are now OFF sale there will be NO cash turnstiles in operation at the Stadium of Light.

For those with match tickets, turnstiles will be open from 6:30pm.

Streaming passes are also available to UK and oversea fans wishing to tune in and watch the action live. 

Alternatively, Nick Barnes and Gary Bennett will be in the commentary booth from 7:30pm for live match commentary.

As ever, we’ll be providing updates throughout the evening on our digital channels.

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