Toon Have too Much for Di Canio

Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby, a game already drawing attention in the latest football betting odds, will be the game that makes or breaks Sunderland’s season and it could come to define Paolo Di Canio’s time in charge of the club.

Sunderland are currently in 17th position in the league, level on points with Wigan, who occupy the last relegation place, but having played a game more, and they are in the midst of an alarming slide. The Black Cats have failed to win in the league since the January 19th and whilst the club have acted to replace Martin O’Neill there seems little reason to think that Paolo Di Canio will be able to turn their fortunes around. The Italian may have passion and flair in abundance but he is sadly lacking in experience at the highest level and whilst he may have led Swindon Town into some heated arenas, Sunday’s game at St James’ Park will be like nothing he has ever faced as a manager before.

Sunderland’s slide down the table has been mirrored to some extent by Newcastle United’s, although the Toon did manage to scramble an injury time winner against Fulham at the weekend and now look to be safe. Whilst this season has been a disappointment in comparison to last year, Alan Pardew’s side will take pride in an unbeaten home league record which stretches back to January and they will be keen to keep that up for the rest of the season.

Sunderland have failed to win at St James’ Park in the league since the 2000-01 season and this record shows no signs of coming to an end on Sunday. Newcastle United have scored in every Tyne- Wear derby since 1990 and, with Steven Fletcher out for the rest of the season it is hard to see where the Black Cats’ goals will come from. It will be a tough, tense afternoon for football betting sites at St James’ Park but it is hard to foresee anything other than a Newcastle United victory.

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