Kevin Keegan discusses Newcastle and Sunderland's survival chances

Newcastle United

Newcastle and Sunderland are both in the Premier League relegation places.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Kevin Keegan has discussed the battle for Premier League survival, with both Newcastle and Sunderland sitting in the bottom three.

Keegan said: “In all honesty, I think they’re [Newcastle] going to be ok and I’m confident they won’t go down but there is a lot of work to do. I’m a bit more worried for Sunderland, I think they have a harder fight on their hands, although Sam [Allardyce] is a master at getting teams out of this type of situation. Let’s put it this way, there is a lot still to happen; 14 games and a lot of points still at stake.”

Newcastle sit in 18th place, on 21 points, with their local rivals Sunderland just two points behind.

Aston Villa are last in the table, and are surely already relegated, but both the Magpies and the Black Cats can realistically get out of their predicament.

Norwich City are only a few points away from falling into the bottom three, and Swansea and Bournemouth are still not out of the relegation battle.

Newcastle have given themselves the best chance of getting out of the bottom three with the impressive signings they made in January, but there are doubts about the Magpies’ defensive strength.

Sunderland have Sam Allardyce in charge, who has a great record at securing survival, and he did improve his defence in January,

However, Keegan is more worried that the Black Cats will be dropping to the Championship, whilst expecting Newcastle will stay in the top flight.

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