Fabio Borini explains importance of this weekend's derby match, and why he prefers the away game

Fabio Borini

Borini has scored in two derby matches against Newcastle.

Sunderland striker Fabio Borini seems to be relishing the prospect of finding the net against Newcastle United once again, and says it's better to do it at St James's Park.

Sunday's clash between the two sides could be crucial in terms of whether either of the two sides could avoid relegation from the top flight this season.

He's quoted in the Sunderland Echo, saying: “I prefer all the stadium against you than all the stadium in favour because if you do well against 50,000 people, the feeling is better.

“You can feel like you beat 50,000 people on your own. At home you know they’re on your side even if you don’t win.

“It’s good to upset 50,000 people.

“It’s even more important because it’s so late in the season and there is a gap now between the bottom four and the rest. That makes it more special,” added Borini.

“They have to win it. We’ve won it all the time since I’ve been here.

“If we win we get a good kick in the league and there’s less games left. It would put us in a good position."

Sunderland have been showing signs of getting their act together in recent games but will rue their most recent result against Southampton, where they led late on in the game only to be denied the win in stoppage time, while good performances against Crystal Palace and West Ham United only produced a point between them.

A win for the Black Cats would open up a four-point gap between themselves and Newcastle and it could prove to be a huge blow, especially if Sam Allardyce's side manage to kick on while Benitez is still getting to grips with the side he has inherited.

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