Last Updated: 21/10/12 3:34pm
Ba's late own goal rescues Sunderland a 1-1 draw with 10-man Newcastle in another feisty Wear-Tyne derby. Cabaye's third minute goal had looked like it was set to give Alan Pardew's visitors the three points at the Stadium of Light. And the result would have been all the more impressive for Newcastle given they had to play 65 minutes with a man deficit after Tiote's foolish red card. Stay with us for all the post-match reaction.
A brilliant touch from Fletcher brings the ball out of the sky and sets up Gardner. His shot is deflected for a corner.
Williamson heads Cabaye's corner at the back post. But Saha can clear and send Sunderland on the attack.
ADDED TIME: Corner to Newcastle as the match enters four minutes of added time before the final whistle.
Sunderland remain on the attack and Saha sends a 20-yard effort daisy-cutting just past the far post.
Vital header from Santon to take a cross away from the back post. O'Neill is right on the edge of his technical area and shouting at his players.
Cabaye goes in the book for a foolish challenge. Newcastle are going to be on the ropes for the closing minutes.
Williamson giving away the free-kick proves costly. Larsson sends the ball into the box, O'Shea heads towards goal and it deflects off Ba to leave Krul flat-footed and with no chance. The Stadium of Light comes to life.
Williamson goes in the book after a body-check on Saha. He took one for the team, as Saha looked to be breaking clear on the attack.
Sunderland win yet another corner. Larsson's corner is flicked on at the near post. Saha meets the ball at the far post and in space but he side-foots wide.
Cabaye leads a Newcastle counter-attack. But his pass gives a very tired looking Ba too much to do and Sunderland can defend
There are just 10 minutes left of normal time for Sunderland to find a way back into this game. It is easy to see why they have struggled for goals so far this season.
Coloccini cannot continue, although he does seem to be okay and is jogging off the pitch. Taylor comes on in his place.
Another corner to Sunderland. Krul fumbles Larsson's delivery but Cuellar cannot capitalise and Newcastle crowd out the defender.
Pardew used the break in play to speak to his midfielders and give them some orders for the final 13 minutes of this match.
There is a break in play as the physio is on to treat Coloccini. He looks like he is struggling with cramp. He has been out recently with a hamstring injury. But he is back on his feet and running.
More good goalkeeping from Mignolet. The Sunderland man has had a decent game and is alert to dive at the feet of Ba at a loose ball.
It is almost a training game of attack versus defence. But Newcastle are keeping their shape. Sunderland are still struggling to get Johnson into the match.
Pardew is stood with his arms folded on the touchline. He looks quite calm and his side are holding on quite comfortably at the moment.
There is a bit of a scramble in the Newcastle box as Saha causes a few problems. But Krul can just about pounce on the ball.
Sunderland are making all the attacking movement as the match enters the final 20 minutes. But they have still to seriously trouble Krul.
Larsson again takes on the shot. He again tries to out-think Krul by going for the near post. But the effort is wide and bounces past the target.
Another free-kick to Sunderland. It is a bit generous as Rose goes over after minimal contact this time from Ben Arfa. Coloccini is not impressed and is booked for dissent.
Ben Arfa is pretty useless when defending. He again gives away a free-kick after pulling the shirt and then kicking the shins of Rose.
Coloccini again makes two very good tackles on the edge of his own box before playing the ball up field, where Ba wins a free-kick. Coloccini's strength today has been his composure.
Larsson takes the corner and sends it rifling and low to the near post. Newcastle's defenders can comfortably hook it clear.
Shrill whistling coming from the Newcastle fans as Sunderland have a bit of possession, again without really going anywhere.
Ben Arfa sends a smart, long ball down the inside right channel for the run of Ba. But good, alert goalkeeping from Mignolet sees the Sunderland shot-stopper come off his line and clear.
A ball clearly bounces off Williamson and it should be a corner to Sunderland but the officials give a goal-kick. That is not the first time that has happened this afternoon.
This is getting a bit scrappy. There are a lot of petty free-kicks and Sunderland are continuing to struggled to find a way through their 10-man visitors.
Sunderland are mystified to have a free-kick awarded against them. But then, from the set-piece, referee Atkinson blows for a foul by Coloccini.
Huge moans around the Stadium of Light as O'Shea plays a ball for a run which Fletcher does not make. That was a complete breakdown in communication.
Gutierrez and Gardner both pull out of a challenge to allow the Newcastle man the ball wide on the right. But he cannot stop it from going out for a throw-in.
Pardew seems to be telling his players to calm down from the touchline. He makes a gesture to zip their lips. He does not want to risk any further yellow or red cards for dissent.
Rose skips past a pretty hopeless attempt at a challenge from Ben Arfa before being body-checked by Cabaye. Rose is growing into the game having given away the ball in the build-up to the goal.
Foolish from Sessegnon as he touches the ball when clearly coming back from an offside position. Fletcher might have been able to run onto the ball if he Sessegnon had let it go.
Cabaye goes down fairly theatrically in a challenge with Colback. But the Sunderland midfielder timed his slide tackle very well.
Wonderful reading of the game from Coloccini as he intercepts the ball. He has slipped back into the Newcastle team as if he has never been away.
Understandably, Newcastle are in no rush over any set-pieces. They take their time over a throw-in and this is likely to frustrate Sunderland.
Good work from Sunderland down the left. First a Rose cross causes problems and then Larsson drives to the byline and sends in a low delivery. Newcastle, though, brilliantly survive the latter as they use one-touch passing to get out of their own penalty area.
Ba, in his lone striking role, takes on a long-range shot. It takes a deflection off Cuellar on the way but is still a straightforward save for Mignolet.
Sunderland immediately look like they have been told by O'Neill to try and pass the ball more in this half. They went from back to front too quickly in the first half.
Cabaye's early goal gives Newcastle a 1-0 lead in the derby against Sunderland. But in a typically crackling clash, Tiote was rightly sent off to leave the visitors playing with 10 men. You get the feeling there will be more talking points in the second half.
McClean, who has switched wings with Johnson, snatches at a shot from the edge of the box. But it deflects for a corner.
Good work from Ba to show strength and chest down a long ball from Krul. But no Newcastle team-mates respond and Sunderland are back in possession.
Coolly done by Coloccini. With half-time approaching, rather than risk punting it up field, the Argentine takes a touch, turns and plays it back to Krul.
Gardner has a bit of a rush of blood to the head as he attempts a first-time shot from 25 yards which flies high over the crossbar.
Sunderland are back on the attack. With an extra man, they are now trying to stretch the play from left to right by make more of McClean.
Ba eases a bit of the pressure by winning a corner. Newcastle take their time before Cabaye plays the ball back to the edge of the box. Coloccini shoots and the ball deflects to Ba. The striker attempts an overhead kick and scoops it over the crossbar.
Sunderland are building up a bit of steam as half-time approaches. They have Newcastle pinned on the edge of their 18-yard area at the moment.
Perch is introduced in place of Ameobi. The striker does not look happy as he makes his way off the field and straight down the tunnel. He has been booked so that may have influenced Pardew's decision as he looks for a more defensive line-up.
The set-piece is clever and goes to the edge of the box. Gardner steps inside a challenge before shooting. The ball deflects behind and Sunderland are appealing for handball. It is only a corner, which they waste.
Corner to Sunderland after Fletcher forced Williamson to head behind. Newcastle clear the set-piece and the near post and then Johnson is fouled for another free-kick wide on the right.
Sunderland, though, then win a free-kick. It is approximately 40 yards from goal and Gardner's skidding effort through a crowded penalty area bounces just wide.
Colback has been guilty of giving the ball away on a few occasions already today and more groans come from the Sunderland fans as he passes straight to Cabaye.
O'Neill has his head in his hands as Johnson cuts inside from the right and curls over the crossbar with his left foot from the corner of the box.
After Tiote's red card, Ameobi was booked for dissent in the following melee. Newcastle were not happy, as they thought play should have been stopped for the free-kick.
Cabaye wastes the free-kick. Not sure if it was a cross or a shot but he curls it over the crossbar at the far post.
Santon wins a free-kick from Gardner wide on the left. This is a good chance to cross into the box. Cabaye is over the set-piece.
It has been a typically blood and thunder half at the Stadium of Light and we have only played half-an-hour.
Since the start of 2010/11, Tiote has been booked 27 times in 54 Premier League appearances. He has the worst disciplinary record in that period. Newcastle had an appeal for handball in the penalty area from their resulting free-kick. But play was waved on.
Newcastle actually have the free-kick as referee Atkinson had already given a foul against Colback before his tussle with Tiote prior to the Newcastle midfielder's challenge on Fletcher. That makes his red card all the more foolish from Tiote.
Again in this fixture, there is a red card. After tussling with Colback, Tiote leaves his studs up in a challenge on the shins of Fletcher. Correct decision from referee Atkinson to show the red card.
McClean has not really been involved so far this afternoon. With Johnson being kept quiet, it might be worth Sunderland trying to attack down the left.
Sunderland move up field from the goal-kick. Newcastle, though, have clearly identified Johnson as a major threat and are continuing to double up. The former Manchester City player has so far been unable to get the chance to cross towards Fletcher.
The resulting corner from Cabaye is not great and is low to the near post. But a slightly panicky attempt at a clearance from Gardner should have resulted in another corner. However, the match officials miss the Sunderland player's touch and give a goal-kick.
Cabaye takes on the shot and his dipping, curling effort has to be tipped over the bar, failry comfortably, by Mignolet.
Ameobi wins another header against O'Shea and then takes a high boot from Larsson in the chest when looking to run away with the ball. That was a nasty one but looked accidental. Free-kick to Newcastle around 40 yards from goal.
Sunderland fans get to their feet and start cheering their team. Gutierrez then fails to control the ball to give away a throw-in, much to the delight of the home supporters.
As good as Fletcher's movement is, the Scot is very isolated against Coloccini and Williamson when Sunderland go long. Sessegnon is dropping deeper off the frontline.
Free-kick specialist Larsson takes the set-piece and whips the ball to the near post. But Krul has read the effort and can gather into his chest after one bounce.
Ben Arfa then trips Rose on the right-hand corner of Newcastle's box. That was a silly foul and this is a great chance for Sunderland.
Fletcher's movement so far has been very interesting to watch. He comes to life when the ball enters his third of the field. Coloccini and Williamson are going to have to be alert for the whole match.
Krul gets away with a poor kick up field, as Colback simply heads the ball straight back to Coloccini. Sunderland's fans groan.
Newcastle free-kick inside their own half after McClean trips Williamson. Referee Atkinson had allowed play to continue before bringing it back. Good refereeing.
Newcastle are trying to double up of Johnson whenever the winger gets the ball. He produces a neat turn on the touchline to beat Gutierrez but then is annoyed to see he is flagged for carrying the ball out of play for a throw-in.
Calmly done by O'Shea on the edge of his own six-yard box as he simply heads the ball to his right-back, Larsson.
Colback gets in front of Tiote and charges forward with the ball. Tiote produces a good recovery challenge. But Sunderland keep the ball alive before Fletcher is then flagged offside inside the Newcastle box.
And excellent first-time cross from Larsson down the right is arching towards Fletcher on the edge of the six-yard box. But Williamson is well positioned to head clear.
As many people predicted, Ameobi is already proving a handful. He again beats O'Shea to a header from a long ball down field.
Cuellar mistimes his jump when aiming to meet the free-kick, which is delivered into the box. The ball floats out of play for a Newcastle goal-kick.
Tiote is perhaps a little lucky not to be booked when leaving a foot in during a challenge with Colback. Free-kick to Sunderland just inside the Newcastle half.
Rose gives the ball away and allows Ben Arfa to attack down the right. The Frenchman finds Ameobi, who forces a save from Mignolet at the near post. But the rebound only falls to Cabaye around 10 yards from goal and the midfielder makes no mistake with a crisp, first-time finish into the bottom right-hand corner.
Cabaye's swinging corner is just nodded away by Fletcher as Coloccini was attacking the ball. It has been a lively start.
Early corner to Newcastle won by Gutierrez off Gardner on the left-hand side for the attacking side.
Here come the teams. Captains O'Shea and Coloccini lead out Sunderland and Newcastle into a cauldron of red and white at the Stadium of Light.
Mike Osbourne says: 'I am a Liverpool fan, but I always look forward to this game every season. Strange I know but it's a proper rivalry - the intensity! I can see Sunderland edging it 2-1.'
Pre-match Pardew on television on the selection of Ameobi: 'He knows this game, he understands it and has caused a lot of damage in the past.'
Sunderland manager O'Neill on the secret to winning derbies in his pre-match TV interview: 'You need that little bit of luck along the way, you need to be strong and durable.'
OPTA FACT: Newcastle have conceded the joint-most headed goals in the Premier League this season (4). Sunderland have fired in fewer shots on target than any other team in the top flight (11).
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Here is a full round-up of all the team news. Derby specialist Ameobi is handed a chance to add to his tally against Sunderland as Newcastle boss Pardew makes four changes. Ameobi, who sits only behind Jackie Milburn in the fixture with seven goals to his name, is included along with the fit-again Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini and Danny Simpson, while there is a place on the bench for Steven Taylor. Sunderland manager O'Neill keeps faith with the men who started the 3-0 defeat at City, and that means a start for full-back Danny Rose, seemingly the target of racial abuse on England Under 21s duty in Serbia in midweek. There is a place among the substitutes for Phil Bardsley following his recovery from an ankle problem.
Both sides will be looking to bounce back this afternoon after three-goal defeats to Manchester clubs in their last outings before the international break. Sunderland lost to Manchester City and Newcastle were beaten by Manchester United.
Ben Rainford says: 'My mate is cycling to Marbella from St Albans for charity and I have said I will do Lands End to John O'Groats for Shola's nominated charity if the Toon win 3-0 so hopefully my prediction of a 2-1 Newcastle victory will come off! Come on Shola!'
Sky Bet have plenty of markets if you fancy a flutter on this afternoon's game. Newcastle are 6/4 favourites for the Wear-Tyne derby, with the Black Cats at 7/4 and the draw 23/10. Incredibly, only three players in total on either side have scored in the Premier League this season and it is on offer at 11/2 that two of them, Steven Fletcher and Demba Ba, are on the mark again today.
Selecting Ameobi ahead of Papiss Cisse might look like a big call from Pardew. But the Newcastle striker has scored seven Premier League goals against Sunderland, by far his favourite opponent. Ameobi has netted those seven goals in his last seven appearances against the Black Cats.
Sunderland team: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, O'Shea, Cuellar, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Bardsley, Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Saha, Westwood.
Gabriel Sutton says: 'I think there could be an element of anti-climax about this derby. Both sides have top strikers but I think for the majority of the match it will be a tightly-contested battle in the middle of the park, am not sure the service to the front men will be frequent enough. I think a draw is the safest bet, one apiece.'
Newcastle team: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ba, Shola Ameobi. Subs: Harper, Steven Taylor, Ferguson, Perch, Anita, Obertan, Cisse.
The team news is in and Taylor is on Newcastle's bench. I will bring you the full line-up in a minute.
There are a few rumours going around the Stadium of Light that Newcastle will be without Steven Taylor. The gossip is that he has yet to recover from his injury. We are waiting for confirmation of the team news in the next few minutes.
Will we get another fiery match this lunchtime? Where will the game be won and lost? Do you have any predictions? You can get in touch with me throughout the afternoon by dropping me a line at email@example.com or via Twitter @SkySportsPeteF. I will publish a selection of the best comments.
Newcastle won 1-0 at the Stadium of Light last season in a game which saw Phil Bardsley sent off. And then, at St James' Park, the two teams drew 1-1. But Sunderland had Lee Cattermole and Stephane Sessegnon red carded. O'Neill and Pardew also clashed on the touchline in a bad-tempered game.
These derbies are usually among the most entertaining games of the season and it promises to be another must-see encounter today. Both managers, Martin O'Neill and Alan Pardew, have appealed for calm ahead of kick-off after two lively meetings in the last campaign.