NEWCASTLE United fans are banking on Black and White delight in tomorrow’s derby day showdown.
But are they putting all their Easter eggs in one basket – as Sunderland aim to make it five wins in a row over their fiercest rivals and help to stave off growing relegation fears?
Magpies supporters scored an early victory over the Black Cats when we gauged opinion on the Wear-Tyne clash on King Street, South Shields.
A clean sweep of Newcastle’s fans predicted their side would regain bragging rights in the hotly-contested fixture – but not a single fan sporting red and white could be found to level the playing field.
Darren Blackham, from South Shields, has vengeance on his mind in the Easter Sunday meeting.
The 46-year-old said: “It is revenge time.
“We have let them get away with it in the last couple of games but we will definitely win this time.
“I will be watching it in the pub, there will be fans from both sides and it will be a good atmosphere.”
Joanne Yanetta, 83, from Boldon Colliery, is another Newcastle supporter confident of a win.
She said: “I am looking forward to it.
“I think we will win 2-1.
“I think the footballers don’t always understand how much it means to the fans and how it affects them.
“The derby is not just another game. People are fanatical about it.”
Her brother Ron Murray, 83, from South Shields, is a proud Liverpool fan – but also cheers on the St James’ Park outfit.
He said: “I am a Liverpool fan first, I worked there for over 20 years.
“But I do support Newcastle and I think they will win 2-0.”
Stephen McIvor, 49, from South Shields, also expects Sunderland’s stranglehold on the derby to be loosened.
The Newcastle United supporter said: “I think it will be 2-0 win, I am very confident, particularly because of what Sunderland are going through at the moment.
“I think we wil be safe from relegation but you will still want to get to the 40-point mark.”
Despite a late afternoon kick-off on a long holiday weekend, Stephen doesn’t expect trouble between supporters after the clubs came together in the wake of the MH17 Malaysia Airlines plane tragedy, which saw two Newcastle fans lose their lives.
He added: “After everything Sunderland have done since the tragedy, how could there be any problems? It has brought the clubs closer together.”
Stephen’s brother Paul McIvor, 43, added: “I think it will be 2-1 to Newcastle.
“Sunderland need the win but it is John Carver’s first derby game as manager and hopefully he can pick up a win.”
South Shields shopper Ian Ravenscroft, 64, said: “I agree with Harry Redknapp, Sunderland are the worst side in the league.
“If we don’t come away from the Stadium of Light with three points we’ll only have ourselves to blame.
“I predict a 0-3 result.”