Alan Pardew’s Magpies will be the favourites heading into this one, as they lay eighth in the table, seven places higher and seven points better off than the fifteenth-placed Black Cats.
This is a fixture which usually brings high drama, and this one looks set to be another classic installment despite the fact that this is hardly the best teams these two clubs have fielded in the Premier League era.
The Magpies come into the tie with a resurgence of form having won their last four at home, including the victory which ended Chelsea’s hopes of an unbeaten season two weeks ago.
They have however, had less success against their rivals recently, having not beaten Sunderland since August 2011.
However, Gus Poyet’s men are without a win in their last six Premier League games, though they have drawn five of them.
Sunderland interestingly, has a total of ten draws this term, having only played sixteen times so far. So their form isn’t terrible but they need to start turning draws into wins and Sunday would be a perfect time to do so.
They have won the last three Tyne-Wear derby games, and so Gus Poyet has reason for optimism heading into this one.
You’d be a brave man to predict this one, but whatever the result, we’re sure this will be an entertaining Christmas treat for all who watch.
Score Prediction: Newcastle United 1 – 1 Sunderland
Key Player: Ayoze Perez – whether Pardew decides to play him up top or plays him wide left of a front three, Perez will work tirelessly for the team. And he’s been known to score vital goals so far this year.