In just his second game at the helm, new Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio will experience his first Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday afternoon as he takes his side to St. James’ Park, where the Black Cats haven’t beaten Newcastle United since they secured a 2-1 victory back in 2001.
It isn’t just bragging rights that the two sides will be playing for, with relegation a genuine possibility for both clubs, particularly in the case of Sunderland, who sit just outside the bottom three on goal difference and without a win in nine league matches.
Newcastle gave themselves a five-point cushion over the bottom three with a dramatic last-minute victory over Fulham last weekend and go in as 9/10 favourites to secure successive league victories, with the draw at 9/4 and a first win in charge for Di Canio available at 13/4.
Before placing your bets on the game, here are some stats to take into consideration.
3 – Magpies forward Papiss Cisse has found the net in each of his last three home matches, two of which have been winners in added time. He is 6/4 any time and 9/2 to score the last goal of the game.
4 – Of the last six league meetings between the sides, four have ended 1-1, including the match at the Stadium of Light this season. A repeat of the same scoreline is 5/1.
5 – Recent encounters between the two sides have been extremely tight, with no more than two goals scored in five of the last six meetings. Under 2.5 goals is priced at 83/100.
9 – Both teams have found the net in nine of the last 11 encounters between the clubs, and that can be backed at 7/10 to happen once again on Sunday.
15 – The Black Cats have conceded the final goal of the game in 15 of their 32 league matches this term. Pardew’s men are 13/20 to score the final goal of the match.