BBC pundit says he fears for Newcastle and Norwich

Sunderland, Norwich City, Newcastle United and Aston Villa are in the relegation mix.

Former Arsenal and Celtic striker John Hartson suggested on BBC Match of the Day 2 on BBC One on Sunday night (March 6, broadcast from 10:30pm) that Newcastle United and Norwich City will get relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.

With bottom club Aston Villa looking doomed, Hartson was asked which clubs among Newcastle, Norwich and Sunderland he fears for the most.

“I fear for Newcastle and Norwich,” said the former Wales international. “I think Sunderland have a readymade goalscorer - Defoe.”

Norwich and Newcastle are in the bottom three of the Premier League table at the moment, while Sunderland are a place above the relegation zone.

The Canaries have a largely average squad, and recent results suggest that they will not be able to pick too many points between now and the end of the season.

Newcastle have arguably a better squad than Sunderland and Norwich, but the players have been severely underperforming.

Jermain Defoe has scored 11 goals and created 15 chances in 25 Premier League appearances for Sunderland so far this season.

The English striker has a pass accuracy of 77% and a shot accuracy of 70%, and has won six headers, 15 dribbles and 10 tackles.

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