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.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Hull City vs Newcastle United

Competition: Premier League

Venue: KC Stadium – Saturday, January 31 – 12:45PM

Match odds: Hull 8/5 – Draw 21/10 – Newcastle 9/5

The early kick off in the Premier League on Saturday will see John Carver’s Newcastle United travel to the KC Stadium to take on a Hull City side that is desperate for a win.

Both sides have lost their last three games in all competitions and Hull and Newcastle come into the game needing to turn things around, which should make this an intriguing match.

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Hull City have been poor this season and have struggled to threaten their opposition in attack, with their last goal coming on New Years Day. They have failed to score in six of their last eight league games.

Hull City’s home record in the Premier League: Played 10 – Won 2 – Drawn 3 – Lost 5

Much of this is down to the lack of availability of their forwards as Abel Hernandez and Nikica Jelavic are both still out with groin and knee injuries respectively.

That means Sone Aluko should continue up front and Steve Bruce will be hoping he is the man to break the drought, as he knows that the pressure is really on the Tigers as they sit in the relegation zone going into the game.

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Newcastle have had another mid-season crisis having lost their manager, Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace, leaving interim boss John Carver to see out the season.

With one win in their last seven in the Premier League, they are in dire need of a victory at the KC Stadium though they have only won one of the last seven meetings with Hull.

Newcastle’s away record in the Premier League: Played 11 – Won 2 – Drawn 3 – Lost 6

That win came at the KC Stadium last March in a game that was more memorable for Alan Pardew’s headbutt on David Meyler than the Magpies’ 4-1 win.

Much of Newcastle’s hopes this season lie on the shoulders of Papiss Cisse and he has potential to play on Saturday as Senegal were eliminated earlier this week from the African Cup of Nations. If he can return to the club in time he could feature.

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Cisse was of course the catalyst for Newcastle in the reverse fixture as he grabbed a late brace to salvage a point at St. James’ Park back in September as the two sides drew 2-2.

This one could go either way and should start off a cracking weekend of fixtures with a bang. Neither side can afford to lose again.

Hull City’s last five in the Premier League: W/L/W/L/L

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

Key Stat: Hull City have only beaten Newcastle at home twice in their history. Their last victory in front of their own fans came back in November 1990. Incredible.

Key Player: Moussa Sissoko – The midfield powerhouse has the ability and presence to change this game in one attack and will be key to Newcastle’s plans. Hull City must contain him.

Hull vs. Newcastle Prediction: Hull City 0 – 1 Newcastle United – The Tigers lack enough bite to turn things around here.

MLSGB Premier League Predictions – Gameweek 21

After a break for the FA Cup third round, the Premier League returns this weekend and that means a member of the MLSGB team has to step up and try and predict the outcomes of all ten games.

Louis East called seven correct results with one correct score in the last edition and this week Lewis Addley will try and call some tricky matchups in what should be another entertaining weekend.

Here’s this weeks Premier League predictions:

Saturday 10 January 2015 (All kick-offs are 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated)

Sunderland vs Liverpool (12:45) 

The reverse fixture saw this game end level 0-0 at Anfield, a disappointing result as Liverpool will still believe they are fighting for a Champions League spot. The Stadium of Light has been a tough place to visit this season with Sunderland already taking points from league leaders Chelsea. We can expect a cagey affair with Sunderland looking to cause an upset again.

Prediction: 1-1

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Burnley vs Queens Park Rangers 

Both of these sides look set for the battle to avoid relegation until the end of the season now and it’s a real six pointer. Burnley have found some form of late and can take heart from battling back from 2-0 down away at Manchester City. QPR have been hit with a flooded training ground this week and that has dampened their preparations no end. QPR have lost every away game this season so far in the league, so we can expect much of the same.

Prediction: 2-1

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Chelsea vs Newcastle United 

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Mourinho needs a response from his players and fast after some poor form over the last few weeks. Having already lost the away fixture last month they will need to win this to ensure they remain top of the table. Home form has been solid from Mourinho’s men and it should be three points.

Prediction: 3-1

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Everton vs Manchester City 

Everton haven’t lived up to their expectations this season and City will be looking to kill this game early. The champions have continued to close the gap on Chelsea and will be smelling blood and looking to top the table for the first time this season. Roberto Martinez needs a reaction from his side and they must prove they have what it takes to challenge the top teams once again.

Prediction: 1-2

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Leicester City vs Aston Villa 

Both these sides have been inconsistent so far this campaign which could leave us with an entertaining tie. Leicester are unbeaten in their last couple of league games and have avoided defeat picked up four points in their last two games. They have to be favourites.

Prediction: 2-1

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Swansea vs West Ham United 

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Swansea will be without goal machine Wilfried Bony, away at the African Cup of Nations, who could have played his last game for the side amidst reports of Manchester City chasing his signature. The Swans are happily sitting ninth in the league and will be keen to push for all three points. West Ham have had a bit of a step back to reality in the past couple of weeks as their top four push has been halted. This should be a feisty affair.

Prediction: 3-2

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West Bromwich Albion vs Hull City

Just a point separates these two sides who both look set for a nervy period towards the back end of the season. Having reached the halfway mark neither side looks safe and it is surely another six pointer. Hull will need another performance like the one that saw them win 2-0 against Everton last time out while Albion need to take their goalscoring form of the cup into the game after firing seven past minnows Gateshead last weekend. Tony Pulis to get off to a fine start in the league.

Prediction: 2-1

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Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur (17:30)

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Spurs head into this game on cloud nine after their brilliant performance over Chelsea. Palace, who fear nobody at Selhurst Park, need to be at their best and must stop striking sensation Harry Kane. One thing we know for sure is he will be at the forefront as usual if Spurs are to take all three points in Alan Pardew’s first league outing as Palace boss.

Prediction: 1-3

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Sunday 11 January 2015

Arsenal vs Stoke City (13:30)

Arsene Wenger’s men need to take all three points from this tie to ensure they keep the pace in the race for the top four. They will need to keep it tight at the back compared to their dreadful start in the reverse fixture where they conceded after just one minute. They should gain revenge from that game here though.

Prediction: 2-0 

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Manchester United vs Southampton (16:00)

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This could be one of the most entertaining games of the weekend. We can expect an attacking mentality from both sides. Southampton can consider themselves unlucky in the reverse fixture whereby they were killed off by some clinical finishing. Louis Van Gaal’s impact has been good so far at United and although he will be wary of the Saints, he will be expecting nothing less than three points from his side.

Prediction: 3-1 

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How do you think Gameweek 21 will shape up in the Premier League?