Sunday 5th April 2015, Stadium of Light. Live on Sky Sports 1. Kick-off 4:00pm.
One of the Premier League’s fiercest rivalries takes place at the Stadium of Light on Sunday as Newcastle United travel to Sunderland.
The two clubs are having very different seasons with Newcastle comfortable in 12th while Dick Advocaat’s team occupy 17th, one point above the drop zone.
Both sides have struggled in recent weeks with Newcastle losing their last three, scoring just one in the process, while Sunderland are without a win in seven games, notching just two goals and conceding 11.
Despite the ramped up attention for the Wear-Tyne derby game, Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole explained that the points are more important than local pride.
He told Sunderland Echo; “Yes, it’s against Newcastle which makes it even bigger, but we need to get some points and secure our place in the Premier League.
“We need to get better, it’s as simple as that. We just haven’t been good enough throughout the season and that’s why we’re lower down the league.”
The Toon will be on a mission to restore pride having lost the last four encounters with the Black Cats. Adam Johnson’s 90th-minute strike separated the teams at St James’ Park when they met four days before Christmas.
Ayoze Perez is in his debut term with Newcastle and wants a more enjoyable experience than his first derby.
“I know a derby is a special game for the team and the fans. It’s a different game, a game that the players love to play,” the Spanish forward told nufc.co.uk.
“In the first derby, I realised the importance of the match here in the region and I loved the atmosphere at St. James’.
“This Sunday, I know the atmosphere will be completely different but this is a motivation too. We have to give everything. The fans deserve it.”
Rivalries are always hard to call with teams upping their game with local pride on the line while some players fade into the background on such an occasion, but goals are something this match will lack.
It is the league’s 2nd lowest scores hosting the 8th and BetVictor are offering 10/11 for one team to keep a clean sheet and 4/6 for the game to have under 2.5 goals.
Both teams to score – No 10/11 (BetVictor)