The Battle of The North East – Kick off 12 noon


Draw worth a bet at 9/4 in North East battle

The North East will come to a standstill at midday when arch rivals Sunderland and Newcastle square up at the Stadium of Light, but the game looks likely to end with the spoils being shared and that makes the draw worth a bet at 9/4.

There is very little to choose between the two arch rivals, who have both started the season better than expected.

Sunderland kicked off their campaign with a solid 1-1 draw against Liverpool, but Newcastle also surpised plenty when holding Arsenal to a 0-0 draw at St James’Park.

The Black Cats will be keen build on their performance at Anfield, but they have scored one goal or lress in six of their last nine home matches and it’s difficult to see where they are going to find the cutting edge needed to bag all three points.

The Magpies suffer from the same problem, so a goal fest looks out of the question.

Given that neither side will want to lose this derby encounter, and the fact that both seem to have a phobia about scoring goals a share of the spoils has to be the puntinplay.
Recommended bet: 5pts The Draw (9/4 Betfred, Blue Square, Coral, Totesport)

By Dave Metcalf (Daily Sport)