Newcastle United vs. Sunderland Preview: Black Cats Continue To Move Away From Relegation

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Updated: January 30, 2014
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No longer in the relegation zone, Sunderland is keen on adding more points in the club. The Black Cats will visit St. James’ Park to secure their second victory against the equally aggressive, Newcastle United.

Match Date: 01 February 2014 (local time)

Venue: St James’ Park

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Newcastle United

A scoreless stalemate, which left the Magpies’ boss, Alan Pardew puzzled, prevented the club from making a move in the Premier League table.

 

Despite dominating the match and taking twenty-two (22) shots, Pardew still looks for answers as to why his club was unable to score a single goal against Norwich. This left the club with two (2) wins, three (3) losses and a draw in their last six (6) matches.

 

Yet, it looks like Newcastle has already found an answer in this dilemma. Just recently, the club has completed the acquisition of striker, Luuk de Jong. Jong rose to prominence during his impressive displays at FC Twente and Eredivisie. His entry is expected to add more “scoring options” to the squad as they aim for a stronger finish this season.

 

Sunderland

Sunderland gained a new degree of confidence after clinching a narrow win against Stoke and moving out of the relegation zone.

 

For quite some time, the Black Cats endured a moment of hopelessness when it hit the rock bottom part of the table. But that was before. Adam Johnson’s goal on the 17th during the Stoke encountered has successfully pulled them out of the dreaded arena and increased their possibilities of surviving the season.

 

Indeed, significant improvements can be seen since Gus Poyet took over the club. Under his tutelage, the squad faces the possibility of clinching a silverware after beating Manchester United in the Capital One Cup semis and with its recent victory against Stoke, it looks like they will still make it to the next season.

 

Sunderland has only lost once in their last six (6) matches and the confidence derived from such victories will definitely, aid Sunderland in surviving the Newcastle United face-off. The club will also capitalized on their strong away form to take the center stage in their upcoming match. To note, Sunderland has been undefeated in their last five (5) away matches.

 

Online betting’s top pick: A draw

Expect both clubs to feature in the upcoming match. It will be interesting to see de Jong debut in St. James’ park. What is even more interesting to see is Sunderland’s attempt to score more points and build a buffer zone that will veer them away from the relegation zone.

 

 

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