Former Leeds United manager Neil Warnock said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning that he expects Sunderland to go down.
The Black Cats have struggled for survival in the Premier League over the past few years, and they are set for a similarly disappointing season this term.
Dick Advocaat’s side are at the foot of the Premier League table at the moment with just two points from six matches.
Former Palace boss Warnock cannot see any way for Sunderland to escape the drop this campaign and said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning: “I can’t see Sunderland moving from where they are now.
“I thought right from the start - their body language after the first couple of games - I see them absolutely nailed on (for relegation)."
Newcastle United’s struggles
Like Sunderland, Newcastle United are also in danger of getting relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.
The Magpies, who narrowly avoided the drop to the Championship at the end of last season, are level on points with Sunderland and are second from bottom in the standings.
Warnock has revealed that he knew that Steve McClaren’s side were going to struggle defensively when he saw them in pre-season.
"I saw Newcastle in pre-season and I had a chat with Steve, and I never thought they had a strong spine," said the former Queens Park Rangers boss.
"Sheffield United played them in a Chris Morgan testimonial, and every time they attacked, they looked like conceding, and I thought it is going to be a long season for Steve unless they get a little more strength here."
The signs are not good for either Newcastle or Sunderland, but it’s early days and there is a chance that things could change.
A win can do wonders for the Magpies and the Black Cats, and can help the players regain confidence in themselves.