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Weekend football betting: the best North-East bets
4:21pm Friday 4th October 2013 in Sport
Ahead of their showdown at the Stadium of Light, the term 'club in crisis' has been used to describe both Sunderland and Manchester United.
The Black Cats prop up the rest having taken just one point from their opening six fixtures so it's perhaps not surprising that they're bet365's 11/2 outsiders. The visitors are 3/5 with William Hill and Skybet post 3/1 against it finishing all square, a wager that might lure some given the failure of David Moyes's men to beat West Brom last Saturday.
Kevin Ball's troops are 15/2 (BetVictor) to hold the champions to a 1-1 stalemate, it's 5/1 at Stan James for scores to level as the referee ends each half and BetVictor offer 17/4 about a score draw.
As underdogs, the Black Cats are boosted by a goal start in the handicaps at 13/8 but there's a sense that United are a touch vulnerable at present - so some might fancy Ladbrokes' 18/1 marked against a 2-1 home victory, Stan James's 10/1 for the Black Cats to sneak a win on the back of an even first half or an Emanuele Giaccherini opener at 12/1 via BetVictor.
Newcastle's 3-2 defeat at Everton was their second on the spin and means the Magpies are now down in 16th. Alan Pardew's men are underdogs at 2/1 with BetVictor as they visit a Cardiff team coming into the match on the back of a success at Fulham.
Stan James rate the hosts at 7/5 while Skybet post 12/5 against the stalemate and for punters fancying a few quid on the latter, given that the pair are separated by a solitary point in the table, there's also BetVictor's 7/2 for the Cardiff City Stadium scrap to end in a score draw and William Hill's 6/1 for a 1-1 scoreline.
Stan James quote Pardew's charges at 6/5 in the draw no bet market, however, the Bluebirds have failed to win each of their last couple on the own patch, failing to score on both occasions so there seems to be no reason Newcastle can't prevail.
BetVictor make them 17/4 to do so by one, as they have done in their two Premier League victories to date and betway offer 10/1 about a 2-1 Magpies triumph while Loic Remy, who has three in two, is 6/1 (BetVictor) to break the deadlock.
BetVictor report cash this week for Tony Mowbray to be the next Championship manager to depart their position, the Middlesbrough boss now 5/4 after Tuesday's stalemate at Huddersfield extended their winless sequence to eight.
The firm have also slashed the odds on Martin O'Neill being the next Boro manager from 12/1 to 6/1 as the pressure on Mowbray increases ahead of the visit of Yeovil.
Bet365 make Middlesbrough odds-on at 4/6 to pick up a long-awaited second triumph of the campaign at the expense of the struggling Glovers, Stan James's 19/4 outsiders and it's 3/1 courtesy of William Hill for Boro to register a remarkable seventh stalemate in 11 games.
Bookies are confident Mowbray's team will win and fans sharing that opinion can tackle Winner.com's 7/1 about them firing the only goal. Alternatively, Boro are 2/1 with BetVictor to prevail 'to nil' and Skybet price Kei Kamara at 5/1 to notch first.
Ladbrokes chalk Hartlepool up at 3/1 to win at at Mansfield but Colin Cooper's charges would probably settle for a draw (11/4, bet365) at Field Mill.
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