To be unbeaten after 11 matches is quite an achievement for Newcastle but it be particularly impressive if they are still without a defeat after game 12, a trip to Manchester City, writes CHRIS HUTCHEON.

Stan James make Alan Pardew's side 12/5 to ensure the losses column stays at zero but they're 8/1 outsiders at Partybets to come away with the points and 9/2 with Victor Chandler to share the spoils with Betdaq's 1.33 (1/3) favourites.

Supporters expecting United's resilience to continue can back them at 9/1 (Totesport) to hold City to a 1-1 draw and Sportingbet post 15/2 against both halves finishing all square at Eastlands, where bet365 quote Newcastle at 7/1 in their Draw No Bet market.

It will take plenty of optimism amongst travelling supporters to warrant a wager on a Magpies success, and huge prices are available for the bold.

Betfred make Pardew's charges 28/1 to nick it 2-1, Paddy Power price United at 11/1 to prevail by a one-goal margin and Boylesports quote in-form Demba Ba at 9/1 (Boylesports) to send the visiting fans into raptures by firing the first goal.

Sunderland gave a decent account of themselves, albeit in defeat, at Old Trafford and they can take heart from their performance as they prepare for what looks a more winnable fixture, at home to Fulham.

Accordingly, the Black Cats are Skybet's 13/10 favourites for the points while an away win and a draw are both priced at 9/4, by Stan James and Sportingbet respectively, although the stalemate could prove popular amongst neutrals given that Steve Bruce's troops have drew their last couple at the Stadium of Light.

Both those matches finished 2-2, a scoreline that is 14/1 with Betfred to be replicated and Sunderland fans wanting to protect against an inconclusive affair can back their side at 8/13 in Partybets' Draw No Bet market.

The Cottagers haven't fared particularly well on the road and on that basis, Bruce's men aren't without appeal at 7/1 (Ladbrokes) to grab the only goal.

Paddy Power offer 11/4 for a Sunderland success to nil and Nicklas Bendtner is deemed by bet365 to be the biggest goal threat at 11/2 to notch first.

Middlesbrough have drawn five of their eight home matches this term and there could be market support for another stalemate, at 13/5 with Ladbrokes, as Tony Mowbray's men face fellow high-flyers Blackpool.

It's 6/1 via Betfred to finish 1-1 at the Riverside, where Boro are priced at 1/2 in Paddy Power's Draw No Bet market but aided by home advantage and coming into the game on the back of consecutive victories, Middlesbrough look decent value to edge it.

They're 3/1 (bet365) to prevail by one and 8.0 (7/1) with Betdaq to manage a 1-0 success in an encounter that Victor Chandler rate at 10/11 to produce fewer than three goals.

In League One, Hartlepool are Victor Chandler's 16/5 outsiders ahead of the trip to Scunthorpe, where it's 5/2 (Totesport) to finish all square and Darlington are 11/4 via bet365 to win their Blue Square Premier trip to Ebbsfleet.

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