It’s derby weekend! Sunderland head to St James’ park desperate to go four points clear of Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United and complete the double over their rivals for the third season in a row.
A win for the Black Cats would make it seven consecutive derby victories and extend their eight-game unbeaten run in the fixture. Since 2007, the Black Cats have only lost three games against Newcastle – winning seven and drawing five.
We are giving you the opportunity to have your say on who can provide the cutting edge for the Black Cats this Sunday. Vote below!
Borini has a superb record against Newcastle with two goals in two Tyne-Wear derbies. The Italian was an unused substitute in the 3-0 victory earlier in the season, although it is unlikely that Borini will sit out this one.
Can Fabio be the match winner for Sunderland once again and silence St James’ Park?
Deadly Defoe is Sunderland’s leading goalscorer this season and is the Black Cats’ main threat. His match-winning volley in last season’s Tyne-Wear derby will live long in the memory of Defoe and Sunderland fans, can he replicate that moment this Sunday?
This will be the German’s first Tyne-Wear derby and it will be his job to control the midfield. Newcastle have many talented midfield players and if the game is to go Sunderland’s way then the German will likely play a huge role.
Sunderland’s colossal defender will be eager to show his worth in his first Tyne-Wear derby. Kone will hope to keep the likes of Perez and Mitrovic in his back pocket.
Tunisian playmaker Khazri is Sunderland’s most creative outlet both at set-pieces and in play. Can he provide the cutting edge when it matters most this weekend?
If the past six derbies are anything to go by then Mannone will be very busy on Sunday. Can the Italian take over from where Pantilimon left off?
Will it be someone else who we least expect who become a derby hero for Sunderland?
Perhaps a Jeremain Lens or a Patrick Van Aanholt can pop up with a goal? Or can a Lee Cattermole or Jack Rodwell help Sunderland grind out a win?