The father of Newcastle United fan Liam Sweeney says his son and fellow fan John Alder will be "cheering on from heaven" this afternoon.
Barry Sweeney was speaking from his son's seat - ahead of the game with Manchester City.
Tributes are planned ahead of the match and fans will hold applause on the 17th minute.
Sunderland fans have set up a fundraising page on behalf of two fans of rival team Newcastle United who died in the MH17 plane crash.
Here are the 10 Britons who died on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
Two Newcastle fans travelling to watch the team play in a pre-season tour of New Zealand were on board flight MH17 which crashed in Ukraine.