Our match prediction:
Having started the season at Real Madrid, Rafael Benitez probably could not predict he would be fighting to avoid relegation to the Championship, but that is his reality now that he has agreed to take charge of Newcastle United. The Spaniard was always going to have the baptism of fire with games against leaders Leicester and bitter rivals Sunderland the first on agenda, and his side did show signs of promise at King Power Stadium despite the fact they eventually had to settle for a narrow defeat. The Black Cats sit just one point above the dotted line and now have the opportunity to pile more misery on the Magpies, who have lost last four Premier League fixtures. Meanwhile, Sunderland have fared well of late, defeating Manchester United, while sharing spoils with Crystal Palace and Southampton, and they seem to be in very good spirits at the moment. With plenty at stake at St James’ Park, a nervy affair seems on the cards, with goalless draw the most likely result.
Highlighted Team (Sunderland):
Sunderland are a professional football club that have been playing their home games at the Stadium of Light since 1997. The capacity of the stadium is 49,000, but before expansion the original ground capacity was 42,000. Red and White shirts are Sunderland’s trademark and the club’s fiercest rivals are Newcastle United. The two local rivals have been contesting in the Tyne-Wear derby since 1898 and there have always been fireworks in what is one of the greatest derbies in English football. Sunderland were on the verge of dropping to the Championship in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but experienced tactician Sam Allardyce eventually helped the team avoid relegation. The Black Cats have won six First Division trophies (now the Premier League), with the team lifting two FA Cup titles. Sudnerland won their first FA Cup trophy in 1937, with the team beating Prestson North End 3-1 in the title game. The club was founded in 1879 as Sunderland and District Teachers A.F.C.