Biggest in history – and you see Jake wondering about that above – it may or may not be, but we do know rather a lot rides on Newcastle United v Sunderland.
Two of the three sides battling for the one obvious position of safety meet with all the baggage of not only a nerve-shredding relegation scrap but a long tradition of enmity and rivalry given the added spice of opposing managers who, shall we say, have not always got along too well.
And on top of that is the recent past for Wear-Tyne-Wear derbies in which Sunderland have won six in a row, seven if the recent romp in a friendly behind closed SoL doors is taken into account.
In the end, victory for either side may not even matter if both return pointless from visits to the third team with designs on fourth bottom, Norwich City.
So guess the score if you dare.
Classic Football Shirts have entered into the spirit of the occasion and offered a £25 voucher to the winner, who shall be the first reader to predict the correct scoreline in the comments below.
Newcastle United supporters are very welcome to join in. Do not fret if your prediction is “held for moderation” as we will know the order in which entries are submitted. This link – https://www.classicfootballshirts.co.uk/premiership-clubs/sunderland.html?dir=asc&order=name&utm_source=Partner&utm_medium=Website&utm_campaign=Salut%20Sunderland – takes you to the Classic Football Shirts SAFC pages, from which you can easily navigate the site to explore the Mag selection. There are plenty of bargains.
The rules are unchanged. Normally, we insist on a UK delivery address but in this case, the voucher’s value will be credited to the winner without postage involved. Classic Football Shorts will then apply normal charges will apply for the dispatch of the item/s chosen, according to destination (home or abroad) and the type of service selected. As for the result of the competition, Monsieur Salut’s decision shall be final.
Come back tomorrow for a great Who are You? interview arranged and conducted by Salut! Sunderland’s deputy editor Malcolm Dawson.
And Ha’way the Lads – please! – on Sunday.