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Sunderland v Newcastle: Four 6/4 bets all worth considering

| 20.10.2012

Newcastle have not only been sluggish starters in general this season, but also on their most recent visits to the Stadium of Light, which makes the 6/4 that they score the most goals in the second period against Sunderland a fine price.

Demba Ba’s winner against Norwich is the only one of Newcastle’s eight Premier League goals so far this season that has come in the opening period, with Alan Pardew’s half-time team talks obviously doing the trick.

Historically, they have not fared much better at the Stadium of Light, as they have drawn a blank before half-time on four of their last five visits.

In fact, three of the last four encounters at Sunderland have been goalless at the interval.

This makes the 6/4 that there are no goals scored in the first half a tempting bet.

Keeping up with the stream of 6/4 bets, this is the price offered on two of the most likely scorers finding the target at any time in the 90 minutes.

Steven Fletcher is responsible for all five of Sunderland’s Premier League goals thus far and so he must be considered their chief goal threat here.

Meanwhile, heading into this weekend, Ba was the top scorer in the whole Premier League and has five goals in his last four Newcastle appearances.

The number of bookings is another potentially profitable market, with 25 yellows and four red cards shown in just the last four meetings.

Therefore, the 13/8 on offer for a minimum of six cards in this typically heated derby is well worth taking.

In terms of picking a winner, Sunderland and Newcastle are hard to split as they are both 13/8 for victory, with the draw on offer at 9/4.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.