Weekend football betting: the best North-East bets

Sunderland booked their place in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup in midweek, but attention must focus on crucial Premier League matters this weekend with the Black Cats four points adrift at the foot of the table.

Gus Poyet's men are expected to build on Tuesday's triumph, Ladbrokes installing them as 11/10 favourites to see off Norwich and Stan James quoting the Canaries at as high as 14/5.

The corresponding fixture last season finished 1-1, an outcome that's 11/2 at betway to be replicated here while it's 10/3 (Paddy Power) to be a score draw.

The tentative can also back their team at 8/15 in Stan James's 'Draw No Bet' market but Norwich have lost just six of their eight fixtures on the road so there's little to suggest that Poyet's troops can't emerge triumphant here and BetVictor make them 11/4 to do so by one.

Alternatively, a 2-1 victory is an 8/1 shot at bet365, William Hill go 9/2 about a home success following an even first period and the opening goal is 7/1 courtesy of Winner.com to come from Fabio Borini.

Newcastle remain in the top six and William Hill make Alan Pardew's men marginal, 29/20 favourites to stay in the hunt for the European places by winning at relegation-threatened Crystal Palace.

The Eagles, BetVictor's 11/5 outsiders, are in the bottom three having lost 11 of their 16 fixtures but Stan James's stalemate quote of 23/10 will enjoy market support as the hosts have improved significantly under Tony Pulis. Punters are expected to plump for a score draw at 18/5 (BetVictor) or Winner.com's 11/2 about a 1-1 scoreline.

Alternatively, bet365 consider Pardew's side to be a 2/5 chance to avoid defeat and the Magpies are 8/11 in Skybet's 'Draw No Bet' market but they have won five of their last seven matches and that could give some away supporters a little more confidence.

Pardew's charges are 9/1 (Stan James) to register a much-needed 2-1 triumph, they're 3/1 via betway to prevail having led at the interval and full-time and bet365 rate United front man Yoan Goufrran at 9/1 to follow his opening strike against Saints last Saturday by also breaking the deadlock in this contest.

Middlesbrough are just three points above the drop zone having taken one point from the last three matches and they face Millwall in front of the television cameras today.

The hosts are bet365's 9/5 outsiders but BetVictor can't separate the pair, pricing both at 7/4 and Stan James's 12/5 about it ending in stalemate is set to attract cash.

Similarly, Skybet's 4/1 about it being level at the break as well as full-time will be well backed, alongside a 2-2 scoreline (15/1, BetVictor) but the hosts lack consistency and Aitor Karanka's men may be able to capitalise.

They're 10/1 (Ladbrokes) to grab the only goal at the New Den, where Paddy Power quote them at 10/3 to nick it by one while betway chalk 15/4 against an away success 'to nil' and Stan James offer 13/2 about a Lukas Jutkiewicz opener.

In League Two, BetVictor rate Hartlepool at 6/4 to overcome Burton Albion in a clash that's 5/2 (bet365) to finish all square.

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