Newcastle and Sunderland meet on Sunday at St James Park in a vital north east derby at the bottom of the Premier League table.
Newcastle v Sunderland
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Newcastle heads into this north east derby a point behind their near neighbours in 19th position in Premier League table. The magpies are on a poor run of form and suffered a 1-0 defeat at league leaders Leicester City last time out.
The game was new boss Rafa Benitez’s first in charge and he must act quickly to prevent the Magpies current run of four straight defeats in the Premier League. They have won out of their last three Premier League games at St James Park though. The Magpies are odds of 6/5 with Betfred to win this crucial clash.
Sunderland heads into this game in 17th position in the top-flight and only out of the relegation zone on goal difference. The Black Cats have not been in top form in recent games, but consecutive draws in the top-flight have just about kept Sam Allardyce’s team out of the relegation zone.
The Black Cats have won just of their last eight top-flight games, although Sunderland have claimed six straight wins against their arch-rivals. Sunderland have a poor away record in the top-flight, having won just two of their last 17 games on their travels. The Black Cats can be backed at odds of 14/5 at Bet365.
Sam Allardyce’s side will be looking to former-England star Jermaine Defoe to fire his team to victory. The former-Spurs striker has 11 goals in 25 appearances in the top-flight this season and can be backed at odds of 23/1 with Ladbrokes to find the net at any time during this clash.
With both sides in relatively poor form the draw could prove to be a tempting bet in this one and is available at odds 5/2 with Bet365.
For me the new manager syndrome will kick-in at St James Park. The Magpies players have now had more time to work with new boss Benitez and my tip is to back the home win at odds 6/5 Betfred.