Sunderland forward Fabio Borini relishing St James’ Park visit


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Sunderland forward Fabio Borini has revealed that he is relishing the prospect of taking on Newcastle in Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby at St James’ Park.

The Black Cats have a superb recent record against their near neighbours, as they have won the last six meetings between the two sides, including a 3-0 success at the Stadium of Light in October.

Italy international Borini has played an integral part in that winning run, scoring in both his appearances against the Magpies, including a penalty in the 3-0 victory at St James’ Park in 2014.

The 24-year-old has now admitted that he prefers to take on the Magpies away from home and he is relishing Sunday’s must-win match on Tyneside.

He said: “I prefer it being at St James’ Park. I prefer all the stadium against you than all the stadium in favour because if you do well against 52,000 people the feeling is better.”

“You can feel like you beat 52,000 people on your own. It’s good to upset 52,000 people so for me, I like it when there’s more pressure.”

Sunderland will head into the match a point above Newcastle in the Premier League standings and they are only outside the bottom three on goal difference alone.

The Black Cats are available at 3.50 to secure all three points on Sunday, whilst Newcastle, who will have new manager Rafael Benitez in charge for his first home game, are on offer at 2.15 and the draw is priced at 3.30.

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