On the back of a shocking run that has seen them lose six of their last eight league games, and failing to score seven times in that streak, Newcastle will be desperate to arrest their slump as they entertain Aston Villa tomorrow. Encouragingly bookies believe the Magpies can stop the rot, Stan James making them 11/10 to win.
The visitors are 11/4 outsiders with BetVictor and it's 12/5, this time courtesy of Ladbrokes to finish all square, a wager that's bound to attract cash given that the Villans tend to be more resilient on the road than their own patch.
Bet365 post 9/1 against a goalless encounter, which will appeal to some in light of United's scoring troubles, a score draw is 18/5 (BetVictor) and banker hunters can back Newcastle at 3/10 (bet365) to avoid defeat.
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Confident fans will be buoyed by the fact that their team triumphed 2-1 in the reverse fixture in September, a result they're 17/2 via bet365 to replicate. Winner.com make United 12/5 to again be in possession of a lead at the end of each period and the opening goal is 9/2 (William Hill) to come from Loic Remy on his return from suspension.
Sunderland have lost just three times in their last 16 matches across all competitions but that form has done little to influence the bookies ahead of a trip to the Emirates Stadium, where Arsenal are just 3/10 with bet365 to come out on top and Gus Poyet's troops are Stan James's 11/1 underdogs.
The corresponding fixture last season finished goalless, a result that's 14/1 via BetVictor while Skybet post 9/2 against any stalemate and Ladbrokes mark 15/2 against the teams being inseparable at the end of each half.
In the handicaps, as outsiders, Sunderland benefit from a goal start at 14/5 (BetVictor), Winner.com hand the Black Cats a two-goal cushion at a skinnier 4/5 and in bet365's 'Draw No Bet' market, Poyet's side are 7/1.
Travelling fans will be hopeful that the Gunners are struggling to pick themselves up following their midweek Champions League disappointment and Paddy Power price the visitors at 13/1 to edge it by a one-goal margin or BetVictor quote Sunderland at 25/1 to register a 1-0 victory. Finally, in attack for Poyet's charges, Fabio Borini looks huge at 20/1 courtesy of betway to break the deadlock.
The television cameras are in attendance for Middlesbrough's game with Leeds at the Riverside, where Aitor Karanka's men will kick-off as BetVictor's 11/10 favourites and the visitors are 31/10 courtesy of bet365.
Stan James post 12/5 against a stalemate and as Boro have failed to find the net in their last five, there could be cash from home supporters for a goalless affair, at 10/1 with Ladbrokes as well as Winner.com's 4/1 about the teams going in level as each period ends.
BetVictor rate Boro at 40/85 in the 'Draw No Bet' market but for the optimists, a preferable price will be betway's 4/1 for Karanka's charges to come out on top despite an even first period.
In a match that's odds-on at 8/11 (Stan James) to produce fewer than three goals, Willliam Hill quote Boro at 6/1 to grab the only one and it's also 6/1, this time with bet365, for the first to be struck by Danny Graham.
In League Two, Hartlepool are 17/10 via BetVictor to follow last weekend's triumph over Newport by picking up three points at rock-bottom Northampton and bet365 chalk the game up at 23/10 to prove inconclusive.
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