Both Sunderland and Newcastle are in danger of getting relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.
“Sunderland have the better chance of survival because Allardyce has had a transfer window, a five-month head start in terms of working with his squad and now he has a slightly more inviting run-in than Newcastle,” the former England international wrote in The Daily Mail.
“Sunderland also have Jermain Defoe, whose goals have been worth nine extra points for Allardyce since he arrived last October. Defoe has been huge in getting Sunderland out of the drop zone and Newcastle, who are the second lowest scorers in the Premier League, don’t have anyone similar.”
Both Newcastle and Sunderland are in the Premier League bottom three at the moment, and they will face each other on Sunday afternoon. The match at St. James’ Park is massive, and neither team can afford to lose it.
While Carragher does make some valid points about Sunderland, it must also be noted that Benitez is a far better manager than Allardyce is.
The Spaniard is a brilliant tactician, and he is certainly going to make changes to the team in the coming weeks in order to make them better. Moreover, on paper at least, Newcastle have a better team than Sunderland.