Weekend football betting: the best North-East bets

Newcastle's derby defeat to Sunderland means they have managed just one Premier League win in six and Alan Pardew will be desperate for his team to stop the rot as they head to Chelsea.

The Blues, however, get the nod from bookies, William Hill installing them as emphatic 2/7 favourites and BetVictor chalking the Magpies up at a massive 14/1, while Paddy Power post 5/1 against the sides drawing at Stamford Bridge.

More specifically, bet365 price a score draw at 7/1, it's 33/1 (BetVictor) to be 2-2 and Stan James chalk the match up at 7/1 to be level after 45 and 90 minutes.

United fans can take precautions where a stalemate is concerned, by backing Pardew's troops at 11/1 in BetVictor's 'Draw No Bet' market and in the handicaps, Ladbrokes offer 13/5 about Newcastle coming out on top when kicking off a goal to the good.

Alternatively, for optimists, Winner.com make United 33/1 to shade it 2-1, a Newcastle lead at the end of each half is a 28/1 chance at bet365 and it's 14/1 courtesy of Skybet for the Magpies to edge it by one.

Sunderland have risen to 14th on the back of the stunning 3-0 derby triumph. Encouragingly, the Black Cats are now just 2/7 via Stan James to stay up and bookies fancy them to boost their hopes, BetVictor installing them as 23/20 favourites to get the better of Hull.

Stan James post 14/5 against Steve Bruce making a winning return to the Stadium of Light, while Ladbrokes quote 12/5 for the points to be shared and it's 8/1 courtesy of Skybet to finish goalless.

Bet365 also chalk the Black Cats up at 1/2 in the 'Draw No Bet' market, but Poyet's charges have been in impressive form of late and as Hull have taken just one point from their last five matches, scoring only once in that sequence, a home win looks likely.

BetVictor rate a 1-0 Sunderland success at 6/1, bet365 offer 11/5 about Poyet's men prevailing 'to nil' against the goal-shy visitors and Fabio Borini is 8/1 at Paddy Power to grab that opener, as he did at St James's Park.

Middlesbrough's last couple of fixtures have finished goalless, a result that's 9/1 at Stan James to be replicated as Aitor Karanka's men entertain Blackburn at the Riverside, where Ladbrokes quote 9/2 about both halves finishing all square and any stalemate is a 12/5 chance with BetVictor.

Boro are Paddy Power's 6/5 favourites, Rovers being BetVictor's 13/5 outsiders and the visitors don't tend to travel too well.

Bet365 chalk Boro up at 11/4 to shade it by a solitary goal, Winner.com go 7/1 about Karanka's side registering a 1-0 victory and for punters expecting both teams to get on the scoresheet (4/5, Stan James), BetVictor price a 2-1 home win at 9/1.

Karanka has brought in Danny Graham to try and solve his team's scoring troubles and the loan man is 6/1 (bet365) to put his side 1-0 up.

Hartlepool picked up a decent point against Scunthorpe, but they're William Hill's 2/1 underdogs ahead of the trip to Dagenham, where Skybet rate them at 23/10 to earn another draw.

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