Visits to the Stadium of Light tend to follow a pattern, here are a list of things for Newcastle fans to look out for at Sunday’s derby game.
Tick them off as you go along….
Niall Quinn will be put forward as a neutral in the Sky Sports coverage of the match, despite playing for, managing and been Chairman of Sunderland. This was summed up when he was bizarrely chosen to work on the Newcastle v Norwich match last weekend by Sky, obviously nobody with NUFC connections desperate for work…
Sunderland fans will end up on the pitch at some point in proceedings.
Rather tham being arrested/kicked out as would happen at any normal club, their supporters will be guided back to their seats.
There will be countless mentions of how Sam Allardyce was badly treated at Newcastle, rather than the reality of helping to ruin the club and establishing the foundations for relegation the following season.
Lee Cattermole will be described as the perfect player to have in a derby match, despite him having no other skill than kicking opponents as often as possible.
Sunderland fans will end up on the pitch a second time.
The new manager factor will be mentioned frequently in a positive light, rather than questioning how stupid it is to sack the manager every season.
Lee Cattermole will get a card.
So will Jack Colback.
Sunderland won’t win.
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