Mark Lawrenson on how Sunderland v Newcastle will pan out

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Sunderland will face Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday.

Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he expects Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby between Sunderland and Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light to be like a “game of chess”.

“Sam Allardyce's side will give them absolutely no space whatsoever, which is the complete opposite of what Norwich did,” the former Liverpool defender told BBC Sport.

“At times on Sunday, it seemed like I was watching a training game - at the Stadium of Light it will be more like a game of chess.”

Sunderland will head into the Premier League encounter on Sunday on the back of a 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion away from home at The Hawthorns.

New Black Cats’ manager Sam Allardyce would have wanted a better start, but losing 1-0 away from home in a league game is not the worst of results.

Defensively Sunderland were better against the Baggies than they had been under Dick Advocaat this season, and Allardyce will want to build on that.

Newcastle registered a stunning 6-2 victory over Norwich City at St. James’ Park at the weekend.

Although the Magpies will be delighted with the three points, head coach Steve McClaren needs to sort out his defence.

A single goal at the Stadium of Light could decide the Wear-Tyne derby.

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