Newcastle vs Sunderland by Rahul
Newcastle under new manager Benitez kept the game a bit tight last time around against Leicester City to just a 1-0 loss, but will now need to progress with a victory in this critical encounter. Newcastle are facing a huge injury list with critical players like Tiote, Coloccini, Cisse, Haidara, Obertan and Krul all missing this encounter. Newcastle will rely on the likes of Mitrovic, Perez, Wjnaldum, Sissoko to deliver the goods for them on the offensive end, as only goals can win them football matches, and Benitez needs to definitely deliver that. Defensively with so many injuries, they are probably going to play with a makeshift back 4 and looking at recent results, they have conceded goals in 14 out of their last 15 games, since 13th December and look certain to leak goals again.
Sunderland come into this encounter after netting goals in 4 out of the last 5 games that they have played in, primarily relying on Khazri and Defoe to deliver those goals too help the team get even critical draws to help them survive. Of the 2 teams, Sunderland look in better form to eek out a victory in this encounter especially looking at their recent results beating Manchester United, drawing against Palace, Liverpool & Southampton in their recent games to bring confidence in the dressing room. Sunderland know that they have the ability to score looking at their lineup, but have conceded goals in 16 games on the trot since December 2015 started; so I expect their defence to continue to leak, which means they need to score more in order to get a positive result.
Both teams have been struggling to defend at the back, and I expect that both teams will find the back of the net as they are struggling defensively, and whoever scores more goals will probably come out on top of this encounter.
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