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Sunday, 14 April 2013

Newcastle United v Sunderland: Can Di Canio claim vital win over Pardew?


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Sunderland haven't won at St James' Park for 13 years but boy do they need all three points today.

The Black Cats are only out of the bottom three on goal difference having played a game more than FA Cup finalists Wigan Athletic and have a tricky run-in. Martin O'Neill was shown the door and in walked the controversial Paolo Di Canio. Whether you love him or hate him, there's no escaping from him.

Di Canio may not have the managerial experience of Alan Pardew, but his passion for the game and infectious enthusiasm gives everyone a lift. Not forgetting his unpredictability keeps everyone on their toes!

Sunderland were unfortunate to leave Stamford Bridge last weekend empty-handed but that display would have given Di Canio, the players and fans confidence going into the run-in.

Newcastle United will be a bit deflated following their Europa League exit on Thursday night, but there's no better way of picking yourself up than for a Tyne-Wear derby. The Mags have dominated this fixture in recent years, losing just one of their past 16 meetings. However, they did need a late goal from the Mackem slayer Shola Ameobi in this fixture last season.

Newcastle will move up to 11th place with a win here today, leaving Sunderland in a perilous position. But if the Black Cats were to win, they'd jump above Stoke and Aston Villa into 15th place, and climb to within a point of the Geordies.

The Tyne-Wear derby is the be-all and end-all in the North East, but who will send their fans home delirious this afternoon?

Newcastle United v Sunderland; Kick Off 12pm April 14 2013

Prediction Panel                   

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

1

V

1

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

2

V

1

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

1

V

2

Everton

Chris Goodwin

2

V

2

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

2

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

0

V

2

Man City

Callum Rothwell

2

V

2

Man United

Peter Johnstone

3

V

2

Newcastle

Greg Hall

3

V

1

Norwich

Sue Read

4

V

1

QPR

John Jaycock

2

V

1

Reading

Jon Keen

2

V

1

Southampton

Andy Saunders

3

V

0

Stoke City

Peter Holland

2

V

1

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

2

V

1

Swansea

Jim Barry

3

V

1

Spurs

Adam Crawford

2

V

1

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

2

West Ham

Matt Beeby

3

V

1

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

2

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

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Writer

Colin Illingworth

2

V

3

Writer

Steve Coulter

2

V

0

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

1

V

0

Writer

Chris Pettitt

1

V

0

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Sarshar Hosseinnia    

1

V    

4

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

1

V

1

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

2

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

2

V

1

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

1

V

1

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

2

V

0

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

TBA    

V

TBA

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

2

V

1

Editor

Antony Melvin

2

V

2

Panel Verdict

Home win.

Home: 20; Draw: 7; Away: 6. TBA 1.

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