Sunderland have enjoyed the upper hand in recent Tyne-Wear derby showdowns against neighbours Newcastle, winning the last four and sharing the spoils in the other two since they last tasted defeat to the Magpies, back in August 2011. A combination of the Black Cats’ home advantage and more pressing need for the points means bookies tentatively expect that trend to continue as the pair renew hostilities at the Stadium of Light this weekend.
William Hill consider Dick Advocaat’s side slender 13/8 favourites to secure three vital points while Ladbrokes quote United at 21/10 to end their derby losing streak with a victory and bet365 post 9/4 against it finishing all square, odds likely to be popular given that the poor form of both sides means it’s hard to make a case for either coming out on top.
Indeed, wagers surrounding an inconclusive affair are the ones that catch the eye in the North East. BetVictor for example, price the pair at 4/1 to play out a score draw on Wearside, where betway offer 11/2 about a 1-1 scoreline and it’s an enticing 15/4 (Winner.com) for the teams to go in on level terms at the end of each half.
Score draw – 4/1 (BetVictor)