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Sunday, 21 October 2012

Sunderland v Newcastle United: Can O'Neill beat Pardew to the bragging rights?


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Sunderland v Newcastle

Forget Arsenal v Spurs, Celtic v Rangers and even Barcelona v Real Madrid. There's only one derby that matters in the north east and this is it. This is the game that really matters and everyone from the fans and the players to the managers themselves want to win.

The Tyne-Wear derby is one of the fiercest games in English football and the atmosphere inside the Stadium of Light is going to be electric as Martin O'Neill and Alan Pardew vie for the all important bragging rights.

Sunderland beating

Sunderland go into the game two points behind their rivals but they will fancy their chances of winning here. The Black Cats haven't lost at home this season while Newcastle are still searching for their first win away. But what a place it would be to get it for Alan Pardew.

Newcastle have the edge in recent meetings, having only lost one of their past 15 clashes. However that one defeat did come at the Stadium of Light in 2008 and they needed a late goal from the Mackem Slayer Shola Ameobi last season at St James Park to level against a Sunderland side that ended the game with nine men.

Apart from the emergence of summer signing Steven Fletcher, Sunderland fans have not had too much to get excited about this season. They will be hoping O'Neill unleashes their full potential this afternoon.

Newcastle beating

Newcastle United have not come out of the blocks the way they did last season, but in Ba and Cisse, they have two strikers who can score from anywhere. If Sunderland can keep them quiet, they may have a chance of breaking Geordie hearts.

Sunderland v Newcastle United; Kick Off 1.30pm October 21 2012

Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

1

V

2

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

1

Chelsea

Joe Tyler

1

V

2

Everton

Chris Goodwin

1

V

2

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

1

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

2

V

2

Man City

Callum Rothwell

1

V

2

Man United

Alex Richert

0

V

1

Newcastle

Greg Hall

1

V

2

Norwich

Sue Read

2

V

3

QPR

John Jaycock

1

V

2

Reading

Jon Keen

1

V

1

Southampton

Andy Saunders

1

V

1

Stoke City

Jack Heaney

1

V

2

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

1

V

1

Swansea

Jim Barry

3

V

2

Spurs

Mike Richards

TBA    

V

TBA

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

2

V

1

West Ham

Matt Beeby

1

V

1

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

2

V

2

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

1

V

2

Writer

Steve Coulter

1

V

2

Writer

Hugh Larkin

2

V

2

Writer

Mitch Waddon

1

V

1

Writer

Chris Pettitt

2

V

2

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

3

V    

1

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

1

V

1

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

0

V

0

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

1

V

3

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

1

V

1

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

1

V

2

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

1

V

1

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

2

V

1

Editor

Antony Melvin

0

V

0

Panel Verdict

It could be honours even.

Home: 4; Draw: 16; Away: 13. TBA 1.

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