Sunderland striker Fabio Borini gives his opinion on Rafael Benitez's appointment at Newcastle

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Sunderland are set to take on Newcastle United at St. James' Park at the weekend.

Sunderland striker Fabio Borini has told BBC Sport that he does not believe Rafael Benitez’s appointment at Newcastle United will have the impact desired.

Sunderland are set to travel to St. James’ Park to face Newcastle United at the weekend, as they aim to make it seven derby victories in a row.

Their task of winning could be more difficult, though, as Newcastle have used one of Sunderland’s own tricks.

Before Sam Allardyce, the last three Black Cats permanent managers - Paolo di Canio, Gus Poyet and Dick Advocaat - all won their second match in charge against Newcastle.

It is the exact same scenario that Benitez now finds himself in, but Borini does not believe that the trend will continue to work for Newcastle.

"Usually that's our trick. We change the manager two games before, then we lose the first one and then we win the derby. They copied us,” the 24-year-old said.

"They have tried to do the same but I don't think it will work

"Benitez is a good manager. I was surprised because from Real Madrid to come to Newcastle in the position they are, it's a big gap.”

Benitez took charge of his first Newcastle match on Monday evening against Leicester City.

The Magpies were beaten 1-0 by Claudio Ranieri’s side, but their performance in the contest was much improved.

Benitez now has nine games remaining to save the Tynesiders, with his side currently one point adrift of safety.

Sunderland, meanwhile, sit in the much coveted 17th position in the Premier League table and would put daylight between themselves and the bottom three if they were able to win at St. James’ Park.

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