One of the oldest football derbies in England – this between Newcastle and Sunderland will be played this Saturday. The match will be the first from the 24th round in the Premier League and it would be crucial for the guests who currently struggles to survive among the best teams in England.
Sunderland is on the 17th place in the current standings and is two points ahead of West Ham and the relegation zone.
Newcastle itself is 6 points behind the places which give participation in the European tournaments, but this hardly will be a goal for Alan Pardew, who already could start thinking about how to strengthen his team for the next season.
Sunderland definitely showed some improvement in their last matches, and for the last 8matches has allowed only one loss (at home to Aston Villa with 0:1) and registered three victories. The team gradually gained confidence (which was witnessed with the matches against Cardiff and Southampton, when they managed to equalize from 0:2 to 2:2) and certainly goes to visit Newcastle with the idea to win some points.
The bookies still give priority to the home team with the highest odds for their victory offered by bet365 and bet-at-home – 1.85, while William Hill offers 1.7. The possible draw between Newcastle and Sunderland is estimated at 3.4 by William Hill and bet365 and on 3.3 from bet-at-home. The chances for the guests vary around 4.3.
Sunderland will surely come up with the idea that the draw will mean a success in this match and will play a close, defensive game. This, combined with the bad meteorological weather which is expected over the UK for the weekend is not a prerequisite for many goals. This is exactly why under 2.5 goals scored by both teams in the match is attractive enough for a bet. William Hill’s proposal of 1.95 makes it even better and it would be my bet for this match.