Every game seems massive for Newcastle United at the minute while this run of poor form continues but Saturday has a different kind of pressure with it.
The FA Cup third round fixture sees Newcastle take on their old foe Sunderland in the first Wear-Tyne derby in seven years.
When the draw was announced Newcastle fans were jubilant, the feeling was that the Magpies would steamroll their bitter rivals, but since then, Newcastle have lost seven out of eight games in all competitions and dropped out of the Champions League and Carabao Cup. Amongst those defeats were losses to two relegation candidates. Things aren't exactly in our favour.
So now there is some trepidation going into the tie which kicks off at 12:45pm on Saturday live on ITV.
Newcastle's nerves aren't helped by the mountain of injuries with Callum Wilson now on the sidelines and expected to miss most of January. Harvey Barnes, Elliot Anderson, Joe Willock and Jacob Murphy all remain absent too, and Kieran Trippier is also potentially going to miss the game.
If that is the case, you'd expect he'd only make the bench as a couple of days of training won't be enough to warrant a start in what will no doubt be a very high-tempo game.
As much as we've been laying into Trippier on this site lately for his poor performances, Saturday is one of those games where his experience and leadership would be crucial, so we really hope he can shake off this groin issue and get himself back in contention - we just hope it doesn't come at the expense of his long-term fitness like Joe Willock and Jacob Murphy.
I wasn't this nervous for the Carabao Cup final!
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