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Victor Chandler on the North-East football markets
7:08pm Sunday 20th October 2013 in Sport
Sunderland remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League table and if Gus Poyet wasn't sure how difficult a task he has in keeping Sunderland in the Premier League he does now.
After their 4-0 hiding at Swansea the Black Cats are now 2/1 to finish bottom (Palace who meet Fulham at Selhurst Park tonight are 4/7), 1/33 to finish in the bottom half of the table and 8/15 from 4/6 to be relegated.
Sunderland are now 6/4 to be playing in the Premier League in the 2014/15 season.
A spirited Newcastle were good value for the point they took at home to Liverpool in a game which changed on the red-card and subsequent Reds equaliser from the spot just before half-time. Alan Pardew is 14/1 to be named manager of the month for October and he will surely be a major contender if the Magpies can get revenge over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
Pardew's side are 20/1 at BetVictor in the market without the big six (Everton far too short at 4/5) with Southampton looking a big danger at 7/2.
One market that does interest me is the 15/8 for the Magpies to finish the campaign in the top ten. Surely positions seven to ten will be fought out by Everton, Southampton, Swansea (who have UEFA Cup distractions) and Newcastle? That 15/8 does look far too big.
The Magpies are marginal favourites for the derby at the Stadium Of Light on Sunday at 17/10 with Poyet's side 7/4 and the draw at 23/10.
It promises to be a feisty and nervous encounter and a 1-1 draw is priced at 13/2. Would Black Cats fans' take a point now?
A brace from Middlesbrough's Albert Adomah set up a grandstand finish at Oakwell but the damage had already been done in the first half against Barnsley, who went into the game at the foot of the table, and defeat mounts further pressure on manager Tony Mowbray who is now 3/1 favourite to be the next Championship manager to lose/leave their post with Mick McCarthy (following speculation he might be wanted to take over as Ireland manager for a second time) 4s and Wednesday's Dave Jones 6/1.
Boro are in action on Friday when they face fellow-strugglers Doncaster Rovers at the Riverside hoping to win only for the second time in front of the Boro faithful this term.
Boro are currently 13/2 for the drop (Doncaster 4s) and are Even money at BetVictor to win on Friday with the draw 12/5 and Rovers 3/1. Boro are currently 2/1 to finish in the top half and under normal circumstances you would think that was a gift but there is no fluency or consistency at present.
The red card given to Jack Compton midway through the first half couldn't stop Hartlepool from gaining a win over Plymouth at the weekend and they have another home game at Victoria Park tomorrow when AFC Wimbledon are the visitors.
Pools are 5/4 favourites at BetVictor with Wimbledon and the draw at 12/5.
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