This vitally important Tyne-Wear derby will fail to produce the expected fireworks but when there’s a anticipated low scoring game on the horizon, with it comes ample opportunities to plot a successful punt and steaming in on the game to finish 1-1 at 5/1 represents huge value.
Gus Poyet’s men can be backed at 8/5 to provide their new boss with a win in his first home game in charge while their noisy neighbours are also trading at the aforementioned price but it’s the draw that makes most appeal at a juicy 23/10.
Five of the last ten Tyne-Wear derbies have ended 1-1.
If you remove Sunderland’s freakish 3-0 triumph at St James’ Park last season, these notoriously fiery local match-ups have actually been very cagey and low scoring affairs.
Before that Paolo Di Canio-inspired win, north-east derby matches had been more about determined defences than awesome attacks as seven of the last nine produced less than 2.5 goals, which is available to back here at 13/15.
Newcastle have scored in all 11 of their previous Premier League away games versus Sunderland.
Both teams have found the net in five of the last six meetings between the two at the Stadium Of Light, which not only pours more fuel on the fire to heavily punt the 1-1 but also brings the both teams to score market into the equation at 5/11.
Despite their woeful beginning to the campaign, Sunderland have found the net in seven of their 10 games in all competitions while the Magpies attack has been in the goals in all of their last eight matches.
Shola Ameobi has scored seven goals in the Premier League against Sunderland.
Geordie hero Ameobi may have only played 99 minutes of Premier League action this season but he possesses a desire to destroy Sunderland that no other player on Tyneside can match.
It would be foolish for his boss Alan Pardew not to unleash him at some point during the game from the bench, especially in such a tight encounter, and the 7/1 for Ameobi to score last should not be sneered at.