The Magpies will take on Sunderland at St. James’ Park in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
Former Newcastle winger Barnes believes that Rafael Benitez’s side will pick up all three points from the Tyne-Wear derby courtesy of a 1-0 victory.
The former Celtic manager has backed Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to be the difference between the two sides.
“A real test for Benitez in his first home game, but I think he’ll have the team drilled enough by the time this comes around,” Barnes wrote on Titanbet.co.uk.
“For me Newcastle have more quality than Sunderland in their XI, and that should show over 90 minutes. Goalscorer – Aleksandar Mitrovic.”
Playing at home will give Newcastle an advantage, especially with the crowd now behind the team.
Benitez’s arrival at St. James’ Park has been welcomed by the fans, who will be cheering on the players from the first minute to the last.
Newcastle are expected to become defensive stronger under the Spaniard, and that will give them a better chance of winning against Sunderland.