Premier League Preview and Prediction: Sunderland vs Newcastle

Competition: Premier League – Sunderland vs. Newcastle United 

Venue: The Stadium of Light – Sunday, April 5th – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Sunderland 7/5 – Draw 11/5 – Newcastle United 2/1

Match Preview

Sunderland play host to Newcastle United this Sunday in the Tyne-Wear Derby with nine points separating the sides.

The Black Cats desperately need to pick up points now as they want to avoid the possibility of being dragged into the bottom three of the Premier League. Their fight for survival can take a huge step in the right direction if they can win this one as they are just one point above the drop with eight games to play.

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The Toon Army haven’t lived up to expectations this season and look like they’re going to end mid-table. They might not have too much to play for in the league but will want a strong run in to attract players this summer to rebuild for next campaign, starting with a victory over their bitter rivals.

Sunderland are without a win in seven league games and have registered just one win in their last 13 so something is going to need to change if the Black Cats are to pick up all three points.

A win in this one will lift spirits sky high but given their recent run of form, the chances of that happening look slim for Dick Advocaat’s men.

Newcastle’s form hasn’t been an awful lot better, winning just one of their last seven league games and losing their last three on the bounce as John Carver is struggling to get his players to perform to full potential.

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Sunderland haven’t lost this fixture since 2011, winning four of the last six meetings and will be hoping they can continue that unbeaten record in the derby come Sunday evening.

Newcastle will be itching to put that run to an end at the Stadium of Light and their ever-optimistic fans will feel this is a good opportunity to heap some more misery on their struggling rivals.

Team News

Sunderland have four injury concerns to deal with. Wes Brown, Ricardo Alvarez, Will Buckley (all knee) and Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) are set to miss out. The Black Cats will be hoping Jermaine Defoe can give them something to cheer about in attack, while Adam Johnson is in line to start after coming off the bench against West Ham last time out.

Newcastle have nine key players missing for this tie through injury and two suspensions. Papiss Cisse and Fabricio Coloccini are both serving bans. Cheik Tiote (knee), Steven Taylor (calf), Rolando Aarons (thigh), Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara (both knee) are all sidelined. John Carver’s options are so limited, but we can expect Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat to be paired at centre-back, with Jack Colback likely to start at left-back.

Key Points

Sunderland’s last five: D/L/D/L/L

Newcastle United’s last five: L/W/L/L/L

Key Stat: Newcastle haven’t won this fixture since 2011 and need to put that run to an end.

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Key Player: Jack Colback – The ex-Sunderland man will be returning to the Stadium of Light for the first time since leaving on a free transfer to his boyhood club Newcastle. He famously scored for Sunderland against the Magpies in last season’s fixture and could play a vital role and write himself into Newcastle folklore in this one.

Score Prediction

Sunderland 1-2 Newcastle – The Toon Army will put that winless run in this fixture to bed in a typically heated tie against their struggling rivals to pile the misery on Dick Advocaat and his Black Cats.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Newcastle vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Newcastle United vs Manchester United 

Venue: St James’ Park – Wednesday, March 4th – 19:45 GMT (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Newcastle United: 3/1 – Draw: 5/2 – Manchester United: 19/20 

Match Preview

Newcastle United entertain Manchester United at St James’ Park tomorrow evening as both sides come into the game off the back of weekend victories.

The Toon Army are looking likely to finish the campaign in mid-table, unless they can dramatically step up their efforts for European football, whilst Manchester United are currently sitting fourth in what could be the tightest race for the top four in Premier League history.

Before the weekend Newcastle had been without a win in four games, but that win against Aston Villa will give them confidence. Manchester United are in good form and have lost just one in their last six league games.

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Louis Van Gaal has stuck to his guns for much of the season and United have been quietly going about their business but they will be in for a tight game at St James’ Park.

Despite Newcastle’s relatively poor season they have enjoyed victories over some of the better sides in the league, something Van Gaal will have warned his players to be aware of.

Newcastle United’s Premier League home record: Played 13 – Won 6 – Drawn 4 – Lost 3

John Carver recorded his first home victory at the weekend and he needs his side to push on to ensure they have a strong end to the campaign in order to rebuild for next season. Their home form hasn’t been too bad and is the main reason why they’re not finding themselves lower in the table and possibly in the relegation scrap.

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Papiss Cisse has been enjoying brilliant goalscoring form and he boasts the best goals per minute ratio in the league so far this season, with a goal every 84 minutes on average.

The Magpies had put together a run of four consecutive home wins earlier in the season and they will want a positive result against Manchester United tomorrow night, as their next two at home don’t get any easier as Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur travel to Newcastle.

Manchester United’s Premier League away record: Played 13 – Won 3 – Drawn 7 – Lost 3

Louis Van Gaal’s side on the road have been a shadow of former Manchester United teams. The fear factor has possibly been eradicated but they have been picking up points, which is the main aim for their run in.

They have the worst away record of all the sides in the top seven and need to start picking up more points away from Old Trafford to ensure they qualify for the Champions League next season.

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Having spent big last summer, a lot was expected of this United team, but they have taken a long time to gel. You would be mistaken for thinking they have been poor defensively, having only conceded 26 goals, making them the third best defensive unit in the league.

Draws away from home have been a bit of a problem for United as they have racked up seven so far but will want all three points on Wednesday night.

Team News

Newcastle United: Paul Dummett (knee), Remy Cabella (knee), Cheick Tiote (knee), Rob Elliot (hip), Rolando Aarons (thigh), Siem De Jong (lung) and Steven Taylor (calf) all remain on the sidelines and are unlikely to feature. Yoann Gouffran could return to the starting eleven having been replaced by Gabriel Obertan in the weekend’s victory over Aston Villa.

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Manchester United: Robin Van Persie (ankle) looks to be the only definite absentee as Louis Van Gaal has his squad in good shape. Phil Jones (illness) and Luke Shaw (hamstring) missed the win against Sunderland but should return to the squad here. United are likely to remain unchanged after their weekend win and Wayne Rooney will be hoping to maintain his preferred forward position having bagged two in that win on Saturday.

Key Points

Newcastle United’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/D/L/W

Manchester United’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/W/L/W

Key Stat: Goals – These sides have provided entertainment in their last two meetings, scoring eight between them, seven of which were scored by Manchester United.

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Key Player: Wayne Rooney – The England captain has endured a relatively difficult season so far and showed in the weekend’s 2-0 win against Sunderland just why people are calling for him to be playing further up the field with two goals.

Score Prediction

Newcastle United 1-2 Manchester United – Louis Van Gaal’s side cannot afford to finish outside the top four this season and should be too strong for Newcastle on Wednesday.