Peter Reid makes big claim about Newcastle United v Sunderland clash

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The ex-Black Cats boss explains how big the upcoming derby is.

Peter Reid has claimed that the winner of Sunday's massive Tyne-Wear derby between Newcastle United and Sunderland will go on to win their Premier League relegation battle, quoted by Sunderland's website.

The Magpies host Sam Allardyce's side at St James's Park in what is arguably the biggest and most significant local derby that either club has competed in for quite a while.

Rafael Benitez's boys sit 19th in the Premier League table, one point behind the Black Cats in 17th, and Reid believes that Sunday's victor will indeed go on to preserve their top-flight status.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp described the Reds versus Manchester United as "the mother of all games", but Reid - who managed Sunderland for seven years, until 2002 - says this rivalry is the "grandmother".

“I can’t put it into words how big it is. I know Sunderland have won six on the trot and that’s a great record, but you would give anything to win this one," he told the club's official website.

“If Jurgen Klopp thinks Liverpool and Manchester United is the mother of all games, he hasn’t seen this one at St James’ Park because that’s the grandmother of all games - it’s a massive one.

“I think the one who is successful in this game could retain their Premier League status, it is that big.”

 

It will be Benitez's first home game in charge of United since replacing Steve McClaren last Friday, with his coronation coming in Monday night's 1-0 defeat away to league leaders Leicester City.

There did seem to be signs of improvement, and Newcastle fans will be desperate to see further evidence of progress this weekend.

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