While the two sides involved might not be the most glamorous, the last few Tyne-Wear derbies have been fascinating affairs to watch, and this one should prove no different. Sunderland, at home in this game, will be fighting for their survival against a Newcastle side who have been looking disinterested in recent weeks. However, local pride is on the line for them, and they proved in the second half of their game against Arsenal that they can be motivated to produce a decent performance when they get the requisite boot in the behind from their manager. New Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat is surely relishing the opportunity to play in his first big English derby and will have his players suitably amped up for the game, so expect physical challenges, plenty of commitment and probably a few goals due to a poor enough standard of defending.