Newcastle and Sunderland will face each other at St. James’ Park in the Premier League on March 20.
Former Newcastle striker Shearer believes that Steve McClaren’s side will lose the Tyne-Wear derby.
“They will meet at St James’ Park in a fortnight, in what could be a winner-stays-up clash,” the former England international wrote in The Sun. “It is now five years since Newcastle last beat their local rivals — and Sunderland have won the last six meetings.
“I expect them to make that seven. There is simply no evidence that this Newcastle team are suddenly going to turn the corner and find a performance anywhere near worthy of a shirt graced by so many great players down the years.”
Newcastle have been hugely disappointing this season and have been in terrible form in recent weeks.
The Magpies are second from bottom in the league table at the moment with 24 points from 28 matches.
McClaren’s side are a point behind 17th-placed Sunderland and also have a game in hand.
Sunderland’s recent performances have been encouraging, and the fight and spirit that Sam Allardyce’s side have been showing is good news for the fans.
As Shearer suggests, the match between Newcastle and Sunderland later this month could be key in the relegation battle.