Premier League Preview and Prediction: Sunderland vs Newcastle

Competition: Premier League – Sunderland vs. Newcastle

Venue: Stadium of Light – Sunday, October 25 – 12:00 GMT (08:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Sunderland 7/5 – Draw 23/10 – Newcastle 19/10

Match Preview

Sunderland face Newcastle in the first Tyne-Wear derby of the season on Sunday in what is an enormous Premier League game for both clubs.

Sunderland will hope that their managerial change continues to see the club beat their local rivals. Sam Allardyce will lead the his new side out in what will be his home debut, knowing the last three Sunderland managers have also faced Newcastle in their second game and all three have won.

This will not be Allardyce’s first Tyne-Wear derby experience though. He led Newcastle out at the Stadium of Light during his short tenure in charge back in November 2007 in a game that ended 1-1.

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The Black Cats sit bottom of the Premier League table after nine games and have yet to win a match. Last weekend’s 1-0 loss at West Brom added to their woes and they will hope a win against their fiercest rivals can turn their fortunes around.

Sunderland’s Premier League record: P9 – W0 – D3 – L6

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren will be experiencing his first Tyne-Wear derby here and will hope his side can build on last weekend’s 6-2 win against Norwich.

That was Newcastle’s first league win of the season but they still sit in the bottom three and so Sunday’s clash is a monumental one, even at this early stage.

Newcastle’s Premier League record: P9 – W – D3 – L5

Newcastle haven’t beaten Sunderland since 2011 – a run of seven without victory has followed, with the Black Cats winning each of the last five meetings.

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Team News

Sunderland will be without Adam Matthews and Jack Rodwell, who are both ruled out through injury, while Ola Toivonen and Duncan Watmore are unlikely to feature. Sam Allardyce could stick with the same team that lost at West Brom in his opener.

Newcastle boss Steve McLaren will also be likely to keep with the same side that beat Norwich last time out. Tim Krul, Karl Darlow, Rolando Aarons, Emmanuel Riviere, Steven Taylor, Curtis Good and Gabriel Obertan are all out. While Kevin Mbabu is a doubt.

Key Points

Sunderland’s last five: L/L/L/D/L

Newcastle’s last five: L/L/D/L/W

Key Stat: The last three Sunderland managers have faced Newcastle in their second games in charge, with all three winning those matches. Trend.

Key Player: Georginio Wijnaldum – The Dutch playmaker comes into this game of the back of a sublime display as he scored four goals in Newcastle’s 6-2 win against Norwich last weekend. If he produces anything like that performance, Sunderland are in trouble.

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Score Prediction

Sunderland 1-1 Newcastle – This is an almost impossible one to call. Newcastle may have got their first win last week in emphatic style, but they conceded six in their last away game and have only scored once on the road all year. Their terrible record against Sunderland in recent times makes it hard to see them winning, though the Black Cats don’t look strong enough to take three points either. Draw.


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.