Mike Williamson on Newcastle United’s clash against Sunderland

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Mike Williamson is looking forward to next month’s Tyne-Wear derby between Sunderland and Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light.

Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson is relishing the prospect of facing Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby at the start of next month, as he told the club's official Twitter account.

The Magpies will return to Premier League action following the two-week international break with a clash against their fierce rivals at the Stadium of Light.

The Tyne-Wear derby is one of the biggest and most passionate derbies in England, and Newcastle centre-back Williamson is anticipating an “electric atmosphere” during the game.

“The atmosphere is building and you can feel it in the city,” the 31-year-old told Newcastle’s official Twitter account. “It means a lot.

"The actual atmosphere on the matchday is fantastic and electric. It is fantastic for both sets of fans and players.”

Both Newcastle and Sunderland will head into the contest in poor form and struggling for points.

While the Magpies are currently 12th in the Premier League table with 35 points from 30 matches, Sunderland find themselves just a point and a place above the bottom three.

Playing at home will give Sunderland an advantage, but Newcastle showed against Arsenal on Saturday that they can step up their game.

The second-half performance against the Gunners at St. James’ Park will certainly have pleased Magpies head coach John Carver, who will urge his players to give their all against Sunderland on Sunday, April 5.

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