Premier League Previews for Newcastle United vs Sunderland along with Prediction. Included in my preview is my pick, statistical analysis for each team, recent form, and betting odds.
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The Tyne-Wear Derby is always a heated affair and this year’s matchups have been quite interesting already.
Newcastle come into this match having lost their leading scorer Loic Remy for the next three matches following his midweek red card for violent conduct after his headbutt. Remy has lead the team with 11 goals this season, but to make matters even worse, they have also lost their best midfield player and second leading scorer to PSG. Yohan Cabaye’s £20m move means that they are now missing one of their most creative players as well as a further seven goals. Remy and Cabaye have been responsible for more than half of Newcastle’s 32 goals scored so far this season. They will now need players like Yoan Gouffran and Hatem Ben Arfa to really step up their performances.
Newcastle’s 0-0 draw away to Norwich should be seen as a disappointment for a team that wants to be challenging for a top six finish. At the same time, it was a second straight result that netted them points following four straight losses in all competitions.
Their most recent 0-0 draw was their fourth match in their last five in which they have failed to score in the Premier League. Despite this they have averaged 1.4 goals per game which increases to 1.6 per game at home. This is contrasted by allowing an average of 1.2 goals overall and 1.1 goals at home.
To go along with the loss of Remy and Cabaye, Newcastle are also without Fabricio Coloccini and Ryan Taylor. Up front they have both Papiss Demba Cisse and Yoan Gouffran as questionable following injuries, which doesn’t bode well considering how much they need in form attacking options at the moment.
Sunderland’s 1-0 home win over Stoke City continues their recent run of excellent form extending their unbeaten streak to seven matches in all competitions. In the Premier League they have one loss in their last eight matches and are unbeaten in their last five away matches.
In Sunderland’s last seven matches in all competitions they have scored at least one goal and have now kept two consecutive clean sheets. Their average on the season has been to score 1 goal per game which drops to 0.8 on the road. Where they have struggled is in allowing goals where they have given up an average of 1.6 goals per game this season.
Sunderland have a mostly fit squad but do have two key players with recent injuries that could be questionable with both Philip Bardsley and Lee Cattermole picking up knocks. Carlos Cuellar and Keiren Westwood remain their two long term injuries.
My pick is for a draw. It is always difficult to predict what will happen in a derby, but at this point it seems that a draw is the most likely occurrence considering where these teams are at right now. Sunderland has struggled to keep goals out of their own net and Newcastle has struggled to score.
Sunderland have the current edge on Newcastle in their last six meetings with two wins and three draws including winning last year’s derby at Newcastle and the earlier season match at home. Newcastle’s home loss last season was something of an anomaly as it is Sunderland’s only away win in the derby’s last six meetings at Newcastle with United winning three.
Betting Odds (Ladbrokes):
Newcastle win: 1.85; Draw: 3.50; Sunderland win: 4.33
Form: Newcastle (W, L, L, L, W, D) Sunderland (W, D, L, W, D, W)
Prediction: Newcastle United 1 – 1 Sunderland
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