Premier League rivalries don’t come much bitterer than Newcastle’s feud with Sunderland and in the first Tyne-Wear derby of the season Ladbrokes customers can profit from this mutual loathing.
The firm are offering enhanced odds on a red card being shown in Sunday’s North-east derby, out from 13/8, now 5/2. This offer is available on Tablet and Mobile only.
Looking into the history of this ferocious feud it’s not hard to make a case for why this is a promotion worthy of some serious thought.
For starters, there have been five red cards in the last eight Premier League meetings between these two sides.
The fact there have been none in the last three only increases the possibility that a sending off is overdue as Sunderland go in search of an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory over the Magpies.
Adding to the chances of referee Anthony Taylor going to his top pocket at St James’ Park is the presence of two of the most ill-disciplined players in the top-flight lining up against each other.
Cheick Tiote and Lee Cattermole were actually the last two players to be sent for either side in this fixture and have racked up a combined total of 11 yellows between them this term already.
There are also plenty of other hot-headed candidates such as local lad Steven Taylor for the home side, whose full-blooded approach to these games clearly makes manager Alan Pardew anxious.
The Magpies boss said: He said: “The one who worries me the most is Steven Taylor. He wears his heart on his sleeve and he plays like that in this fixture. I’ve spoken to him about it.”
Batten down the hatches for this one, live on Sky Sports 1 at 13:30.
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