Newcastle United v Sunderland tips – Rafa can lift curse of the Black Cats

Rafa can lift curse of the Black Cats

Newcastle #1-0

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Betting Tip: Newcastle #1-0 @ 6/1 with williamhill

The stakes are high on Sunday afternoon when 19th placed Newcastle entertain 17th placed Sunderland at St James’ Park.

Victory for the Black Cats would take them four points clear of their rivals with eight games remaining, while the Magpies’ goal difference is also a negative for new manager Rafael Benitez to contend with.

Then there’s the small matter of Newcastle having lost the last six derby matches against the enemy, although it’s worth noting that they were by far the better team in the reverse fixture until the stroke of half-time when Sunderland were awarded a penalty and Coloccini was sent off.

Benitez will have been encouraged by the way his team set about their task at the King Power Stadium when losing 1-0, with Moussa Sissoko and Jonjo Shelvey especially bright and it was Leicester who showed plenty of nerves.

Sunderland have lost ten of their fifteen away matches and Sam Allardyce’s team might not benefit from a fifteen-day absence after a disappointing 1-1 draw at St Mary’s which saw the Black Cats concede late in the day.

Newcastle can find a way to win this match before shutting up shop and we’re happy to go for 1-0 and 2-0 victories in favour of the Magpies.

Betting Tip: Newcastle #1-0 @ 6/1 with williamhill

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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