NO doubt about it, this is the biggest game of the season so far. A chance to avenge the 5-1 of October, 2010, to make up for the dreadful performance at the SoL earlier this season and for O’Neill to prove he really is a miracle worker!
In many ways, the defeat to WBA last weekend could be a blessing in disguise, a chance for the lads to get an awful performance out of their system so we don’t have a repeat of the 5-1 scoreline.
O’Neill has a couple of injury worries to contend with. Bardsley is touch and go, but Vaughan played over an hour for Wales midweek and I’d like to see him return in place of Colback who, like Henderson last year, may well go missing in such a ferocious atmosphere.
The lads need to be wary about the quality of their front two and the fact Ameobi loves a goal against us. If Bardo doesn’t make it, O’Shea can shift to right-back and there could possibly be an opportunity for Krygiakos to make his debut in a Tyne-Wear derby.
I don’t feel confident at all – just nerves, but we can do it!
Prediction: Newcastle 1 Sunderland 2
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