We’ve got some stats and facts ahead of the big North East derby tomorrow. Both sides are coming off of disappointing results (one more than the other). Sunderlands’ brilliant set of results came to an abrupt end last week when they were thrashed by West Brom. Newcastle were two goals up against Wolves however lost their lead and could have lost the game. Let’s see what the Head to Head stats/facts are like for the teams as they head into this crunch clash.
Newcastle Vs Sunderland : Head to Head Facts / Stats
• This will be the 134th league derby match between these clubs. Newcastle have won 51, Sunderland 41 and there have been 41 draws.
• Newcastle are looking to complete the PL double over Sunderland for the third time and the first since 2005-06.
• Newcastle are unbeaten in their last four PL matches against Sunderland. Their only defeat in the last 14 was 2-1 at the Stadium of Light in October 2008 when Djibril Cisse and Kieran Richardson scored the goals.
• Sunderland have not won in the last six PL visits to the Sports Direct Arena, since winning by a 2-1 score line in back-to-back visits in 1999 and 2000. The last came with goals from Don Hutchinson and Niall Quinn after Gary Speed put Newcastle ahead.
• Newcastle have scored in each of their last 19 home league matches against Sunderland, since a 3-0 defeat in October 1966.
Newcastle United Match Stats and Facts on the next page…
Newcastle United Stats and Facts
Newcastle United have confirmed that Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini will be signing new long term contracts at the club which is excellent news for the club as these two players have formed an excellent part of Newcastle’s spine. Add the additions of Cabaye, Tiote, Demba Ba and Cisse Newcastle deserve to be where they are in the table.
• Alan Pardew is unbeaten in four career PL matches against Sunderland as a manager – 2 wins and 2 draws. He is also unbeaten in two previous meetings with sides managed by Martin O’Neill – his West Ham side drawing 1-1 at home to Villa (September 2006) and Charlton side winning 2-1 at home (December 2006).
• The club are unbeaten in their last 14 PL home matches against fellow North-east clubs in total, since the 2-1 defeat to Middlesbrough in March 2001.
• Conceded 13 goals in their last five PL matches, and seven in their last two.
• Failed to win a single match when conceding the opening goal this season – 3 draws and 5 defeats.
• Papiss Cisse has scored in each of his first two PL home matches for the club. If he scores today he will be only the third player to net in the first three home matches of the club after Les Ferdinand (6 matches) in 1995 and Alan Shearer (5 matches) in 1996.
• Shola Ameobi is one short of his 50th English league goal for Newcastle. He is the top scoring player in this derby fixture in the PL era with six goals – two more than Kevin Phillips (Sunderland) and Kevin Nolan (Newcastle).
• Leon Best is two short of 50 English league goals.
• This referee Mike Dean’s second Tyne-Wear PL derby. Newcastle won 2-0 at home in April 2008 in the previous one.
Sunderland Stats and Facts are on page 3…
Sunderland Stats and Facts
Sunderland will be looking to bounce back from the heavy defeat at West Brom and there’s no better way to fight back by beating your neighbours and rivals. Sunderland, with Martin O’Neil, have been a totally different side and will look to improve further by beating Newcastle United.
• Martin O’Neill is the seventh different manager to take charge of Sunderland in a Tyne-wear derby in the PL era. All six previous ones failed to win their opening derby match – 2 draws and 4 defeats. The only previous one to win this derby were Peter Reid (2) and Roy Keane (1).
• This is the 14th different managerial combination to face each other in the Tyne-Wear derby in the PL era. Ten of the last 11 PL meetings have had a different managerial head to head.
• O’Neill’s last PL match against Newcastle saw them relegated. His Aston Villa side won 1-0 at Villa Park in May 2009 to send them down to the Championship. He has won six of 14 PL career matches against Newcastle (5 defeats). His only win in seven PL visits to the Sports Direct Arena was Leicester City’s 2-0 victory in April 2000. This includes Leicester losing 4-3 from 3-1 up in Feb 1997.
• Picked up 22 points from 12 PL matches under O’Neill – five more than rivals Newcastle (17) over the last 12 PL matches.
• Lost their last two PL matches. They have not lost three in a row since a four-match losing streak from March to April 2011. The last time O’Neill lost three in a row was during a four-match streak from March to April 2009.
• Conceded six goals in their last two PL matches, having conceded only seven in their previous 10 under O’Neill.
• Fraizer Campbell is set to make his 50th PL appearance. The striker has scored six goals in the division.
• Sunderland’s biggest PL away win this season came with Mike Dean as referee – 4-1 at Wigan on January 3.
Thanks to @InfoStradaLive for the Stats and Facts.