Sunderland may have finished above Newcastle three years running, but they have lost eight of the last 14 games against their local rivals and have not enjoyed a victory on Tyneside since 2001.Martin O'Neill is already hugely popular given the vast improvement in results since he became manager in December, but he knows a win on Sunday would do wonders for the club's self-esteem.
Newcastle, though, remain in the hunt for Europe, they have lost just twice at home this season and have the marginally better record in Tyne-Wear derbies 53 to 44 wins to reassure them. It's going to be a close one to call.Newcastle striker Papiss Cissé is expected to be fit for Sunday's derby with Sunderland.Cissé withdrew from the Senegal squad in midweek with a groin problem, but has trained and will be available, as should midfielder Cheick Tiote, who was rested on Friday following his return from international duty with the Ivory Coast.
Newcastle United : 2.07
Sunderland : 3.52
Draw : 3.30