Tyne-Wear derby the biggest ever

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This is definitely the biggest ever Tyne-Wear derby.

This is definitely the biggest ever Tyne-Wear derby.

Not just because of the bragging rights that come with a win for either side or the three points that move one side further away from the relegation zone.

But because this could ultimately relegate either side.

Newcastle have moved away from the drop zone with a 1-0 win against Fulham last week but no matter what they try to convince themselves, they are still in danger.

Sunderland, having just installed the fired-up Italian Paolo Di Canio, looked an improved team against Chelsea.

And, unlike our rivals, we have not had an Europa League match to worry about in the middle of the week to distract us.

Not to mention the visit of boy band One Direction to the training ground.

So what are Sunderland’s chances in the derby on Sunday at St James’ Park?

We have not been up to scratch this season and with only goal difference keeping us out of the relegation zone, there is more hinging on the result than meets the eye.

A more attacking threat was obvious against last season’s european champions and that should be more so on Sunday afternoon.

If we defend well and don’t cause our own downfall as we have in past derbies, I believe we can cause problems going forward.

The Geordies’ back line is not the same without Fabricio Coloccini and Tim Krul has not been in the same form as last season.

Therefore the only thing I can see Di Canio’s team doing is attack, attack and attack.

Pressing high up the field and taking the game to Newcastle is vital to us getting a victory.

And if a repeat performance like the 45 minutes against Chelsea is repeated over 90 minutes against the enemy then a win will come.