The two sides meet in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday.
Shaka Hislop names the Olympic Stadium as a big factor.
Nottingham Forest sacked Dougie Freedman earlier in the week.
Martin Smith believes losing Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby would be a much bigger blow for Newcastle United that it would be for the Black Cats.
Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester City make up the Premier League top four.
The Toffees boss gushes over his veteran midfielder.
Newcastle United were beaten 1-0 by Leicester City last night.
The Southampton boss has ruled Arsenal and Manchester City out of the title race.
Sunderland will aim to make it a seventh consecutive derby victory.
Mauricio Pochettino's men are Leicester's nearest challengers at the top of the table.