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Newcastle United v Sunderland

Sunday 1st February 1.30pm ko Live on Sky

Head to Head

2008/2009 Premier
League
25/10/2008 Sunderland 2-1 Newcastle
United
2007/2008 Premier
League
20/04/2008 Newcastle
United
2-0 Sunderland Premier
League
10/11/2007 Sunderland 1-1 Newcastle
United
2005/2006 Premier
League
17/04/2006 Sunderland 1-4 Newcastle
United
Premier
League
23/10/2005 Newcastle
United
3-2 Sunderland 2002/2003 Premier
League
26/04/2003 Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle
United
Premier
League
21/09/2002 Newcastle
United
2-0 Sunderland

HOME/AWAY AVERAGES
(LAST 20 GAMES)
NEWCASTLE
UTD – HOME

WON 7 35% 15/8
DRAW 6 30% 23/10
LOST 7 35% 15/8
OVER
2.5 GOALS
11 55% 4/5
UNDER
2.5 GOALS
9 45% 6/5
FOUR
GOALS OR MORE
6 30% 23/10
0-0
DRAW
1 5% 20/1

SUNDERLAND – AWAY

WON 5 25% 3/1
DRAW 4 20% 4/1
LOST 11 55% 4/5
OVER
2.5 GOALS
8 40% 6/4
UNDER
2.5 GOALS
12 60% 4/6
FOUR
GOALS OR MORE
3 15% 11/2
0-0
DRAW
2 10% 9/1

H2H (LAST 5 SEASONS
– 7 LEAGUE GAME)

OVER
2.5 GOALS
3 43% 13/10
UNDER
2.5 GOALS
4 57% 3/4
FOUR
GOALS OR MORE
2 29% 12/5
0-0
DRAW
0 0% -

THIS SEASONS GOAL
AVERAGES PER GAME

THE
PREMIERSHIP
2.6 HOME AWAY
NEWCASTLE
UTD
3.0 3.4 2.6
SUNDERLAND 2.4 2.3 2.5

CURRENT FORM
NEWCASTLE UTD
LAST FIVE GAMES

FA Cup 03-01-2009
Hull
0-0
Newcastle
Premier League 10-01-2009
Newcastle
2-2 West
Ham
FA Cup 14-01-2009
Newcastle
0-1
Hull
Premier League 17-01-2009
Blackburn
3-0
Newcastle
Premier League 28-01-2009
Man
City
2-1 Newcastle

SUNDERLAND
LAST FIVE GAMES

FA
Cup

03-01-2009
Sunderland
2-1 Bolton
Premier
League
10-01-2009
Middlesbrough 1-1 Sunderland
Premier
League
17-01-2009
Sunderland
1-2 Aston
Villa
FA
Cup
24-01-2009
Sunderland
0-0
Blackburn
Premier
League
27-01-2009
Sunderland
1-0
Fulham

TEAM NEWS

Michael Owen and Joey Barton
picked up injuries against Man City that could keep them out for up to eight
weeks.
They join a
long injury list that includes Mark Viduka, Danny Guthrie, Cacapa, Alan Smith,
Obafemi Martins, Beye, Kadar and Gonzalez.
Shay
Given was left out of the side against Man City and is reportedly about to hand
in a transfer request.
Charles
Nzogbia has taken great offence to Joe Kinnear miss pronouncing his name and
is refusing to play for the club again.
Reports
suggest that a fee has been agreed with Bolton for Kevin Nolan and he could
be in the squad.
Nyron
Nosworthy is missing for Sunderland whilst Craig Gordon is not yet ready to
return from injury.
Keiron
Richardson should return to the starting line up however.

TOP SCORERS (LEAGUE
ONLY)
NEWCASTLE
UTD SUNDERLAND

PLAYER
Goals PLAYER
Goals
Michael
Owen
8 Djibril
Cisse
8
Obafemi
Martins
6 Kenwyne
Jones
6
Shola
Ameobi
3 Michael
Chopra
2
Damien
Duff
2 Kieran
Richardson
2
Danny
Guthrie
2 Andy
Reid
1
Steven
Taylor
1 Steed
Malbranque
1

THE ORACLE’S MATCH
PRICES (100% BOOK)

NEWCASTLE UTD 15/8 35%
DRAW 12/5 29% SUNDERLAND
7/4 36%

ANALYSIS

MATCH: Newcastle
go into this fixture with a squad decimated by injuries and unsettled by want
away players. Shay Given has reportedly handed in a written transfer request
and looks set to join Man City, which will be a huge loss. Their injury situation
was bad enough at the start of the week, but the loss of Michael Owen and Joey
Barton on Wednesday night has turned it into a full scale crisis. With Mark
Viduka, Shola Ameobi and Obafemi Martins all injured too, the goalscoring responsibilities
will fall on the shoulders of inexperienced youngster Andy Carroll. He will
be supported by Damien Duff in what will be a very weak looking attack. Charles
Nzogbia added to Joe Kinnear’s problems yesterday by taking great offence to
his manager miss pronouncing his name in an interview. Nzogbia has refused to
play for Kinnear again and is really just using the incident as an excuse to
engineer a transfer before the window closes.
Even
if you put the injury/transfer crisis to one side, Newcastle have been in awful
form lately, picking up just a single point from a possible fifteen and getting
dumped out of the FA cup by Hull. Their excellent home support usually makes
it unwise to oppose the Geordies at home, however, the St James’ Park faithful
seem to be growing disillusioned with events at the club. Incredibly, there
are still tickets available for what should be one of the biggest games of the
season. Just seven wins in their last twenty home games also suggests that St
James’ Park is no longer the fortress it once was.
Sunderland
are in decent form with just one defeat in five games. They have kept back to
back clean sheets and possess a dangerous forward partnership in Cisse and Kenwyne
Jones. Steed Malbranque is the creative influence in midfield with eight assists
so far this season and Sunderland will look to him to provide the ammunition
for the front two. The Mackems are also boosted by the return of Kieron Richardson
who scored the winner in the reverse fixture at the Stadium of Light earlier
in the season.
There
has been a gamble already on Sunderland but they are still value at 2/1 in my
opinion. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Newcastle go off only marginal favourites
on Betfair and would be happy to back Sunderland at 7/4 or better.

GOALS: It
is difficult to judge how many goals there will be in this game as there is
no strong trend in any of the stats. Newcastle games tend to feature a high
number of goals with this especially being the case in home games. Sunderland
games tend to be relatively low scoring affairs however. Recent head to heads
are also evenly split between under and over 2.5 goals. If I had to go one way
or the other I’d probably back overs at evens. Newcastle’s injury problems,
and the absence of Shay Given, should see Sunderland score at least one, forcing
Newcastle to attack and leave space on the counter. An early goal could open
things up dramatically. That said, Newcastle’s depleted side don’t look to have
many goals in them.

GOALSCORERS: The
best bet here has to be Kenywne Jones at 12/5 with Skybet to score anytime.
Jones is bang in form with five goals in seven league games. He will fancy his
chances against Steve Harper and is a very fair price. Djibril Cisse is another
player with chances of getting on the score sheet and is also backable at 11/5.
Cisse is Sunderland’s top scorer with eight league goals. It’s difficult to
make a case for any Newcastle player but if I had to pick out someone I’d go
for Steven Taylor at 13/1 with PaddyPower to score anytime. He is a threat from
set pieces and most other firms are just 9/1.

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