Sunderland vs Newcastle Preview Oct. 21st

by Punter's Hero on October 21, 2012

in Football, Latest News

Sunderland will be hosting Newcastle United in the big Tyne/Wear derby on Sunday Oct. 21 at the Stadium of light in one of the English Premier League’s most anticipated matches. Sunderland is winless in their last five meetings with Newcastle with three draws and a pair of losses. In all competitions, Sunderland has two wins, two draws and a loss in their past five games while Newcastle has two wins, two losses and a draw.

Sunderland sits in 13th place in the league table while Newcastle is in 10th place heading into the weekend games. Sunderland has only been beaten once, but they also have just one win with the other four games being draws and have seven points in total. They’ve scored just five goals and allowed seven. Newcastle has two wins, three draws and two losses for nine points and have scored eight goals and allowed 11.

This game can get pretty emotional and dirty as many derbies do. The managers even get into the act sometimes and red and yellow cards by the fistful aren’t uncommon. Both teams need the maximum three points here if they want to stay anywhere near Chelsea, who leads the league with 19 points. A loss by Sunderland could see them possibly 15 behind after the weekend and Newcastle could drop 13 adrift of the league leaders.

But even though both clubs aren’t really anywhere near the top of the table, they’re pretty hard to beat. Newcastle’s lost just twice this season in the league and those games were against Manchester United and Chelsea. However, they also lost 2-1 to Man United in a League Cup match. Sunderland’s only league loss came to reigning champions Manchester City in their last game.

Newcastle will be depending on their Senegalese strikers Papiss Demba Cisse and Demba Ba to lead the attack if manager Alan Pardew happens to play them both together. When it comes to Sunderland’s attack, incredibly Steven Fletcher leads the way as he’s scored all five of their league goals so far this season. Fletcher, of course, will be receiving lots of attention from Newcastle defenders this weekend.

Newcastle’s defence should even be stronger this weekend as Fabricio Coloccini and steven taylor should be back in the squad after sitting out with injuries. It’s also possible that Dutch international goalkeeper could also return to the starting 11 after an injury. To most people, it would seem that the obvious way to stop Sunderland is to simply keep Fletcher off of the scoresheet. However, that could be easier said than done.

The atmosphere should be electric at theb Stadium of Light and tempers will need to be kept in check for fear of either team going down to 10 men. Look for a highly-charged game that could very well end in a draw.

The latest game odds by Bet365 have a Sunderland win listed at 8/5 with a Newcastle victory at 15/8 and a draw at 21/10.

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