Newcastle named kings in one of UK's most competitive clashes

By Russell Edge

Newcastle United have been named the kings of the United Kingdom’s third most competitive derby day.

The study, conducted by Sky Sports, aimed to discover which of the country’s derbies was the most closely competed.

West Brom and Wolves came out on top, with just two wins separating the Midlands duo.

However, the Tyne-Wear derby, which sees Newcastle take on bitter rivals Sunderland, was named in third place with just four wins between the North East pair over the 142 matches played.

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Newcastle have come out on top in 51 of the clashes, Sunderland have succeeded in 47 while 44 ties have ended in a draw.

However, many of the Black Cats’ victories have come over recent years, having not lost a match to the Magpies since 2011, a run which stretches nine games, Sunderland having won six of those.

The last match between the two clubs came in March 2016 at St James’ Park, when a late Aleksandar Mitrovic goal rescued a point for the Magpies after Jermain Defoe had given their rivals the lead.

However, barring a meeting in the FA Cup la, the two sides will not meet again until next season at the earliest.

That is as a result of Sunderland’s relegation to the Championship last season, with the Magpies earning promotion back to the top flight after falling to the second tier the previous campaign.

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