Newcastle have lost the last three Tyne-Wear derbies and are winless in five contests against Sunderland, but bookies expect the Magpies to snap that sequence at St James’s Park tomorrow. BetVictor install them as odds-on favourites at 19/20 to get the better of the Black Cats, who are 16/5 with bet365 to secure a maximum haul in their rivals’ backyard for the third season in a row.

As Gus Poyet’s men are the Premier League’s draw specialists, Skybet’s 13/5 about it finishing all square is expected to be popular.

Similarly, there could be cash for BetVictor’s score draw quote of 19/5, it’s 11/2 with Ladbrokes to finish 1-1 and Stan James quote 4/1 for the teams to go in with honours even at the end of each half.

As underdogs, the Black Cats are given a goal start in Stan James’s handicaps at 5/6 and United are a far skinnier 1/4 (bet365). Alternatively, as it’s a derby contest, both sets of supporters can be forgiven for backing their respective teams in the draw no bet market, where William Hill price Alan Pardew’s charges at 2/5 and BetVictor rate Sunderland at 15/8.

In a match that’s 5/6 courtesy of Stan James to see both teams get on the scoresheet, Newcastle come in at 15/2 (Paddy Power) to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline, a result that’s a chunkier 14/1 with bet365 in favour of the visitors.

Less specifically, a home success by a one-goal margin is rated at 5/2 by, Poyet’s troops are 9/2 at Stan James to edge it by a solitary goal and in what should be a tight encounter, BetVictor offer 11/10 about the game’s first strike arriving later than the 28-minute mark.

Paddy Power meanwhile, chalk Pardew’s side up at 8/11 to break the Tyneside deadlock, bet365 price Sunderland at 13/8 to do likewise and that opener is 5/1 (William Hill) to be notched by United’s Ayoze Perez. At the other end finally, betway go 7/1 about a Steven Fletcher netting first for the Black Cats.

Middlesbrough impressively accounted for Derby last weekend but the tough fixtures are here for Aitor Karanka’s men, who travel to fourth-placed Ipswich today.

Despite the hosts strong home record, Boro head to Portman Road as slender favourites at 13/8 courtesy of William Hill while BetVictor rate Ipswich at 2/1 and it’s a potentially popular 12/5 with bet365 to be an inconclusive affair.

BetVictor offer 6/1 about a 1-1 scoreline, it’s 10/3 (Ladbrokes) to be a score draw, wagers that will appeal to some given that the teams are both unbeaten in eight. Alternatively, betway mark 9/20 against Karanka’s charges avoiding defeat but supporters will be in confident mood and there’ll be plenty keen to back an away success.

For them Stan James chalk Boro up at 14/5 to sneak it by one, a 1-0 triumph is 13/2 via Paddy Power and bet365 go 13/2 about Patrick Bamford opening the scoring.

Finally, League Two strugglers Hartlepool, under new owners and with a new manager, are 3/1 with BetVictor to overcome Oxford (11/10, Skybet) at Victoria Park, where quote a stalemate at 47/20.

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