Mark Lawrenson predicts Sunderland v Newcastle United

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to today’s Premier League clash between Sunderland and Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light.

Mark Lawrenson has predicted in his BBC Sport column that today’s Tyne-Wear derby between Sunderland and Newcastle United will end in a draw.

The former Liverpool defender believes that the Premier League clash at the Stadium of Light will finish 1-1.

“But Advocaat has to be careful against the Magpies, who in contrast are under no pressure whatsoever,” the 57-year-old wrote on BBC Sport. “He will have to make sure his players treat it like it is just another three points, which won't be easy.

“Any Mackems reading this are probably saying 'what on earth is he on about? This game is different', but the point I am making is that they need to play the opposition, not the occasion.

“All it takes is some hot tempers, late tackles and a player sent off and that is another three points gone for Sunderland. In their situation, they cannot afford for that to happen.”

Could Mark Lawrenson’s prediction come true?

Sunderland have won their last four Premier League matches against Newcastle, and playing at home will give the players the confidence to make it five in a row.

However, the Black Cats are struggling for form and for points, and will need to be at the top of the game to win today’s encounter.

Scoring goals has a problem for Sunderland all season, and that is something that could eventually see the hosts drop points today.

Newcastle are also struggling to score goals and are lacking form, but if they get an early goal somehow, then they are going to make it very difficult for Dick Advocaat’s side.

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