The Premier League and Championship sides were drawn together for the third round of the FA Cup last night, with Malone suggesting that the Whites will be out for blood on the first weekend in January next year.
“I think Leeds will be wanting to seek revenge and that will be part of their manager’s team talk,” Malone told the Shields Gazette.
“They won’t need any extra motivation for this one.”
It’s an interesting cup tie between two very different teams.
Sunderland have plenty of Premier League experience and quality in all positions, which they will be hoping they can use to their advantage.
They also have a manager in Gus Poyet who knows Leeds well from his time at the club but also through his experience of having managed sides against the Whites in the Championship.
From Leeds’ point of view, it’s a good opportunity for their younger players to get stuck in and show what they can do.
However, Malone suggests that the difference in terms of experience should just swing the tie in Sunderland’s favour.
“I think it will be a tough game and a tight one, but I think ultimately Sunderland will have too much for them.”
Sunderland and Leeds will be hoping that they get to play against each other on more than one occasion next season.
Hopefully as far as both teams are concerned, that will be because Leeds also get promoted from the Championship rather than Sunderland dropping down from the top flight.