Davide Santon backs Newcastle's Shola Ameobi to cause Sunderland more pain

Shola Ameobi: Has netted seven derby goals over the course of his career

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Newcastle United full-back Davide Santon believes Shola Ameobi is capable of causing Sunderland more derby misery on Sunday.

Wear-Tyne rivalries will be rekindled this weekend when Newcastle make the short trip to the Stadium of Light - in a game which can be seen live on Sky Sports 1 HD.

Alan Pardew will be tempted to include Ameobi in his starting XI, with the striker having netted seven times against Sunderland over the course of his career.

Santon feels such a selection would make sense, with victory by any means all that matters when local bragging rights are put on the line.

"Sunday we have to win 100 per cent, but it's okay because if we put Shola on the pitch, he scores," said Santon.

"I played the second game last season, it was fantastic.

"When Shola scored the late equaliser I was so happy because I know how important it is for the fans."