Newcastle Value In North-East Derby
The Tyne-Wear derby is always a passionate affair but Newcastle firmly have the upper hand in recent years. I’ll be co-commentating at the Stadium of Light and was also at the Wigan game when a dodgy red card for the Latics allowed Sunderland to win, even though they were by far the worse team.
I’ve seen Sunderland play a few times this season and they lack quality. They are turning into draw specialists and amazingly Steven Fletcher is the only player to score for the Black Cats in the Premier League this season. Sunderland were awful towards the end of last season and they were lucky when grabbing their only win this campaign against 10 man Wigan at the Stadium Of Light .
Newcastle can welcome back goalkeeper Tim Krul, Fabricio Collccini and Steven Taylor from injury and that strengthens their defence but it is in attack where the Magpies carry the extra threat with Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse always dangerous.
Without the inspirational Lee Cattermole missing through suspension Sunderland may stuggle to contain Alan Pardew’s side in midfield and Newcastle should enjoy the majority of possession .
Newcastle have to be the value in my book and have backed into favouritism in recent days . Take the 9/5 with Blue Square for Newcastle to win .