Sunderland vs Newcastle – Revenge sweet for hosts
Driven by revenge after their mauling earlier in the season, Sunderland provide great betting value at 11/10 to continue their challenge for the Champion League spots with a win over bitter rivals Newcastle.
Sunderland may have won just one of their last 12 Premier League meetings with Newcastle, but their impressive home form this season makes them worthy favourites to win at the Stadium of Light again.
Steve Bruce’s team have won five of their last seven league games at home and have only lost on a single occasion in 11 fixtures at the Stadium of Light, conceding just seven times.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will have aspirations of securing victory in his first Tyne-Wear derby and avoiding becoming the third Toon manager to lose their first derby game during the Premier League era.
Premier League betting odds have Newcastle at 5/2 to beat Sunderland, with the draw that would maintain Pardew’s unbeaten record against Sunderland, priced at 23/10.
The first goal will be as important as ever, with Newcastle hoping that Shola Ameobi continues his fine scoring record against Sunderland, particularly with Andy Carroll ruled out of the game.
Ameobi has four goals in his last three showdowns with Sunderland, including goals in each of these meetings, and can be backed at 7/1 to open the scoring.
It is no secret that Sunderland tend to overly rely on their strikers for goals and Darren Bent may represent their best chance of breaking the deadlock at 4/1.
Kevin Nolan helped himself to a hat-trick in Newcastle’s 5-1 triumph earlier in the campaign and could be a decent bet at longer odds of 8/1.
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