Jermain Defoe believes Sunderland can enjoy yet more success against Newcastle, predicting they will crumble under the pressure.
The way the Premier League is at the moment means that one of the north east giants looks certain to fall into the Championship next season. Sunderland are a point ahead of their rivals and Defoe believes all the pressure is on the home side, who have suffered six straight defeats in this fixture.
Defoe told the Echo: Â“Both teams are desperate for points, so itÂ’s going to be a special day.
Â“If we come away with three points, I think weÂ’ll kick on and be fine.
Â“I think theyÂ’re the ones under pressure, to be honest.
Â“TheyÂ’re at home and yes, the stadium is going to be electric. Their players will want to prove they deserve to be in the team under a new manager and theyÂ’ll be up for it.Â“But we have to be confident with the way weÂ’ve been playing and the results that weÂ’ve got.
Â“We believe we can win the game. WeÂ’ve won the last six, so weÂ’ve done it before.
Â“As Newcastle players, theyÂ’ll know that they need to win this one after losing the last six.
Â“Even if both teams werenÂ’t in the situation that weÂ’re in, itÂ’s still the game of the season.”