Tyne-Wear derby kicks off the Premier League weekend

Steven Fletcher celebrates scoring the opener in Sunderland's 2-1 win over Newcastle earlier this season

Steven Fletcher celebrates scoring the opener in Sunderland’s 2-1 win over Newcastle earlier this season

The opening fixture of the 24th round of Premier League football tomorrow is one of the biggest and fiercest derby matches in the top flight of English football as Newcastle welcome Sunderland to St. James’ Park in the Tyne-Wear derby.

Newcastle are favoured to claim all three points against their local rivals tomorrow lunchtime, but they are without a win in four Tyne-Wear derby matches and have suffered losses in both of the last two. The last time these sides met at St. James’ Park saw the Black Cats claim a thumping 3-0 victory at the end of last season. Can they repeat that victory this weekend?

The GR88.com Tyne-Wear outright odds suggest a narrow home win, but what do you think?

Tyne-Wear Derby Odds:

Newcastle – 1.93

Draw – 3.25

Sunderland – 3.85

(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)

Despite the fact that the Magpies are favoured to end their awful form in Tyne-Wear derby matches things may not be as straight forward as they hope as they have suffered losses in each of their last three home games. Their last victory at St. James’ Park came on Boxing Day more than a month ago as they put five past Stoke in a 5-1 win and Arsenal, Cardiff and Man City have since travelled to the North East, leaving with a win to their name. To top off their great run, they have lost Yohan Cabaye to PSG this transfer window so how will they manage in this derby match?

While their hosts are down in the dumps, Sunderland’s confidence is through the roof right now with them making the Capital One Cup final at the expense of Manchester United and their 1-0 win over Stoke last weekend seeing them out of the relegation zone for the first time in months. They’re now unbeaten in seven and have suffered a single loss in 13 matches since the start of December.

I feel that with the form that the Black Cats are showing lately, and the confidence boost that this provides, along with their fine record in Tyne-Wear derbies of late I don’t feel that the visiting side to St. James’ Park this weekend should be so long in the betting odds. As such, Sunderland present great value and I’m putting my cash on the away side not to be beaten today.

Back Sunderland to win or draw this Tyne-Wear derby @ 1.86 with GR88.com.

AntonyANTONY JORDAN (antonygr88) is an avid football and cricket fan who loves to play his favourite sports as much as write about them and bet on them.  Read his daily sports betting blog at GR88.com.

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