The trio have since left St James’ Park, although the Magpies seem even stronger with their current squad and Alan Pardew in charge, with Newcastle having won 1-0 at the Stadium of Light which means they are firmly in the ascendancy when it comes to the Tyne-Wear derby.
The home side are warm favourites to win Sunday’s match and can be backed at a best price 6/5 (Paddy Power free bets) to claim three points which would keep them in contention for a place in next season’s Champions League.
United did look as though they would bounce back from that 5-0 mauling at White Hart Lane by beating Wolves, although the two-goal lead was wiped out by Wanderers and Alan Pardew is calling for a sharper focus from his team.
Demba Ba will once again spearhead the attack and he can be backed at 5/1 (Bet Victor) to score the first goal of this game, a price that is likely to prove popular. Papis Cisse was on the scoresheet against Wolves and he is an 11/2 chance.
Sunderland will be desperate to avoid a repeat of last season and also last weekend where Martin O’Neill’s team were left chasing their tails as they were hammered 4-0 at West Brom. Perhaps that was a freak result based on the team’s previous form and you can get 13/5 (bet365 £200 free bets) that the visitors claim the proverbial bragging rights.
We can be sure that the Black Cats will keep things considerably tighter than at The Hawthorns and the manager will hope that Stephane Sessegnon is available to play following a late flight back from international duty with Benin.