Premier League Preview for Newcastle vs Sunderland along with Predictions for the matches on week 33 of the EPL. Follow up each match with results and video highlights posted later in the week. You can also check out the weekly EPL TV Schedule.
The Tyne-Wear Derby should be a very interesting match. Neither club is safe from relegation, although Sunderland is even less so. Both clubs will certainly be looking for a win to avoid the drop zone.
Newcastle has the better form lately, but continue to have a massive injury list. They could have the majority of those players available for Sunday including: Tiote, Haidara, Debuchy, Ben Arfa, Coloccini, Vuckic and Taylor. It would be a huge boost for them to get even a small portion of those players back. They have been sorely lacking in any creativity in midfield.
Speaking of sorely lacking, Sunderland look even worse when it comes to attacking threat and creativity. They showed signs of life against Chelsea and did much better than most people expected. It was unfortunate that their only goal came on an own goal, but at least they were threatening.
For Sunday’s derby match I’m predicting a draw. I do think that Di Canio will do a lot of good for Sunderland’s football. Having a full week to work with these players should give them even more of a boost. Newcastle do have a Europa League match on Thursday which could tire them out and is the main reason I’m not picking them for a win. There’s every likelihood that either team could come away with a win, but it will definitely be a heated match with plenty to play for. Both teams want to stay out of the bottom of the Premier League Table.
Newcastle (W, L, W, L, L, W) 1 – 1 Sunderland (L, D, L, D, L, L)