Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy explained on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning why Newcastle United will be more optimistic of winning the Wear-Tyne derby against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
“I would be much more optimistic as a Newcastle fan than a Sunderland one at the moment, not just because of the result yesterday," said former Tottenham man Murphy.
"The performances over the last couple of weeks - the first half against (Manchester) City, the game against Chelsea - they are showing signs that they can improve, they have got some goals in their team…
"You look at Sunderland and you think ‘where the goals are going to come from?'"
Both Sunderland and Newcastle are struggling at the moment, and both are in danger of getting relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.
Newcastle are third from bottom in the Premier League table at the moment with just six points from nine matches, while the Black Cats are at the foot of the standings with only three.
The Magpies will head into Sunday’s league game on the back of a stunning 6-2 victory over Norwich City at St. James’ Park.
Meanwhile, Sunderland suffered a 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion away from home at The Hawthorns in the Premier League on Saturday.
It was Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of the Black Cats, and he will be keen on winning his first home match on Sunday.