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Nic Ladds 31st Jan 2009 - 12:43

Black Cats to bring no luck for Newcastle

Joe Kinnear has had one of the more stressful weeks of his managerial career and he will be praying Newcastle at odds of 13/8 can give him a respite.

The Tyne-Wear derby is one of the most ferociously fought anyway and it takes on added significance this time round as both clubs face up to the real possibility of relegation.

Ricky Sbragia, after a bright start as Sunderland boss is finding out the harsh reality of Premier League management with his side 9/5 in the betting and the draw at odds of 21/10.

Both teams have been on shocking runs with Newcastle having not won in five and lost their last three while Sunderland finally stopped the rot last week with a win over Fulham.

Kenwyne Jones was the hero then and he has been The Black Cat's main source of goals and you wouldn't bet against him at 7/1 to score the first goal.

His strike partner Djbril Cisse is also available at odds of 7/1 and while he hasn't been as prolific as Jones recently, he always creates some decent opportunities.

Kieran Richardson should return to the line up and he chips in with this fair share along with Steed Malbranque and the pair are both 5/1 in the betting to score anytime.

Goals for Newcastle have been few and far between recently and the loss of Michael Owen through injury and with Charles N'Zogbia refusing to play the outlook seems bleak.

One possibly boost for the Toon Army is the possible return of Obafemi Martins who is 6/1 to score the first goal.

Andrew Carroll has managed to notch a couple even through Newcastle's baron run and he can be backed at odds of 7/1 to bag the first goal.

New signing Kevin Nolan got his fair share for Bolton and is 5/1 to score anytime and immediately endear himself to the long-suffering Geordies.

When these two met earlier in the season The Black Cats came out 2-1 winners and the same outcome is available at 11/1 in the betting.

This should be an entertaining game and it is hard to tell whether there will be a plethora of goals or not as while both team's defences are weak, the strikers for both sides have failed to fire more often than not/

No goalscorer is 17/2 while a 1-1 draw is 5/1. If you think Newcastle can make home advantage tell then 1-0 is 11/2 and 2-1 9/1.

The feeling is that due to all the malaise in the Newcastle camp, Sunderland could take advantage despite having a poor away record making a score along the lines of 3-1 at 25/1 look tempting.

The Toon Army can comfort themselves with the fact that they have beaten their arch rivals in the last three games at St James' Park and they are actually quite solid at home but struggle to turn draws into wins.

Both sides may well get on the score sheet in what will no doubt be a fiercely contested game with over 45 booking points predictably short at 8/11.

Sunderland will be buoyed by their recent win at Fulham and although they are poor away, the trouble Newcastle find themselves in means The Black Cats can nick a result and heap more woe on Joe Kinnear and leave the home side in the mire near the bottom of the Premier League.

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