The Newcastle team’s confidence has been significantly boosted by their opening day draw with Arsenal at St. James’ Park.
Tim Krul – confident of win on Saturday
It was a very good result against the Gunners, and the lads will need to be near their best form at the Stadium of Light, and of course a win on Saturday would be just great.
And Newcastle took 4 points off Sunderland last season and walloped them 5-1 at home, with the now departed captain Kevin Nolan getting a terrific hat trick, in what turned out to be a memorable win for the Magpies.
That turned out to be the only derby game Chris Hughton was in charge of, while he was Newcastle manager.
It’s an early kick-off game at 12 noon, and there have been 144 derby games so far, with Newcastle of course leading the way with 52 wins to Sunderland’s 47 wins and there have been 45 draws.
Dutch International goalkeeper Tim Krul seems confident enough that Newcastle can win again on Saturday, and he had this to say yesterday:
“Having taken a point and a clean sheet from Arsenal, we can go there with a lot of confidence.”
“We can get the three points.” “We all know it’s a massive game but we don’t have to fear anybody.”
John O’Shea, the former Red Devil, who Sunderland paid £3.5M for, will not play in the game, and it seems again that the Sunderland defense will be their big weakness.
Newcastle should have done the double over Sunderland last season, but Sunderland equalized in the third minute of injury time at the Stadium of Light.
And with the dance Steve Bruce did on the touchline after their lucky equalizer, you would have thought Sunderland had just won the European Champions League.
But Newcastle don’t have Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll and Jose Enrique anymore, and they were huge players for the Tyneside club over the last two seasons.
But whether Newcastle have enough fire power up front at the moment to take advantage of the weak Sunderland defense, is a very good question.
Have you ever thought what it would be like being a Geordie and the Sunderland manager, when you play Newcastle?