Sunderland look for first win of the season and to keep manager trend intact, as Newcastle look to end a bad run of five Black Cat derby wins.
The Wear-Tyne derby has always thrown up a whole load of drama to say the least, and Sunday looks like it won’t be any different. It only takes a football fan to know Newcastle have been unable to buy a derby win in the previous five, but will this time be different?
The derby day feeling is like no other feeling, the constant butterflies right up to the last whistle, when the overriding emotion is either joy or sadness.
The match is huge for the local area and the bragging rights really do end up in one city.
Omens would suggest that Sunderland will win this derby. The omen is that the last four managers who have joined the club, lost their first game in charge previous to the derby, which they then went onto win.
The Big Sam appointment brought mixed responses from black cat’s fans, some loved it and suggested it would bring stability, but some say it’s an appointment which suggest there is a lack of ambition from the clubs hierarchy.
The appointment of Steve McClaren again caused a stir within the Newcastle fans, but with their first win of the season coming against Norwich, the fans and players will have a considerable amount of confidence going into Sunday’s game.
A Sunderland Fan’s Point of view: David Nunn (Sports Journalism Student)
As a Sunderland fan, the derby’s certainly have not been too bad over the last two and a half years, or five games as most people see it. But it is important not to be complacent, the players and staff must treat the game as a fresh and look to play without fear, as they have in recent times.
In our previous game away to West Brom last Saturday, we looked a side full of confidence and looked to play with no fear, but an individual mistake cost us the game.
As much as the signs were positive and last week’s game could have went in our favour, it is important to underline the fact that this game has the potential to push our season onwards if we were to win.
Big Sam seems to confident of getting the best out of these players and it is very reassuring for the fans when players come out and say what improvements are already being made, just as Fabio Borini did yesterday.
I can see Allardyce playing a 4-2-3-1 with Yann M’vila and Cattermole sitting in the holding roles, Steven Fletcher up front on his own with Borini, Jeremain Lens and possibly Ola Toivonen if fit.
The derby will be won and lost in the midfield as it is most years so it is important that both M’vila and Cattermole are at their best, just as it is for Newcastle.
My score prediction is: Sunderland 2-1 Newcastle
A Newcastle Fans Point of View: Jordan Cronin (Sports Journalism student)
Newcastle United come into this wear-tyne derby on the back of a heavy victory against Norwich.
The game against Norwich was a weird game I thought. The attacking threat we carried was excellent. The two wingers in Sissoko and Wijnaldum aswell as the two strikers whose partnership looks great in Mitrovic and Perez.
Sissoko was a big threat against The Canaries, you just don’t know what Sissoko will turn up. Of course, form goes out of the window in the derbies. The defending against Norwich was frightening, could of ended 6-6.
On the attack we have the ability to get forward with the pace we possess, but the defending needs to be spot on if we are to get something.
I have no doubt Big Sam will have his team tight at the back so i expect low scoring game.
Newcastle for this fixture in recent years have been affected psychologically under Alan Pardew, we will see on Sunday if Pardew was a factor in doing so bad.
I’m hoping under McClaren, who is experienced with Middlesbrough can help the players psychologically, get rid of that losing mentality.
Every players needs to perform and fight for the badge on Saturday. McClaren summed it up well, play the game not the occasion. If there’s anything to go by McClaren’s email, we will be fired up this time and ready. If we can turn up, play even the tiniest bit better than the last five, we should win the game, i believe we are the better side.
I expect a full blooded affair. If Sunderland get the first goal i think they’ll win.
Newcastle because of the recent misery, need a 2-0 lead in this one to see it out.
I’m going to go with Sunderland 1-1 Newcastle. Newcastle to score first