Alan Shearer has a warning for Newcastle United ahead of Sunderland clash

The Newcastle legend is hopeful that his team ca get the best of the Tyne-Wear derby.

Newcastle United and Sunderland go toe-to-toe today in the Premier League in yet another Tyne-Wear derby at the foot of the Premier League table.

The two North East sides have not been in great form in recent times and the club now have new managers going into the fixture.

Steve McClaren would love a win over Sunderland whilst Sam Allardyce would enjoy a small amount of payback on his former club with a derby win.

Alan Shearer knows a thing or two about these fixtures. The Newcastle legend has been writing in his Coral betting site blog and suggested Big Sam will be desperate for the win:

"Both teams are at the wrong end of the table and can’t afford to be beaten. It will be tight, it might not be pretty but it is all about the result. Newcastle come into it on the back of a very good win, while Sunderland were beaten last weekend.

"If I know Big Sam as I do, he’ll be desperate to get one over on Newcastle. Sunderland have appointed Sam for one reason only, that is to keep them in the Premier League. He is very good at that."

Allardyce has recent history on his side. Sunderland have recently dominated this fixture and will be hoping to do so yet again in Allardyce's second game in charge of the club.

There is no doubt it is a crucial tie. Both teams are languishing at the wrong end of the table and there is a real concern that both might not remain Premier League teams for long.

Shearer seems to think his beloved Newcastle might be in trouble against Sunderland today, but only time will tell.

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