Owen Hargreaves makes prediction on whether Newcastle or Sunderland will go down

Owen Hargreaves is backing Newcastle to stay up, and Sunderland to go down.

Former England midfielder and current pundit Owen Hargreaves has told BT Sport that he thinks Newcastle United will stay up this season, with Sunderland going down.

Newcastle and Sunderland met in the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday afternoon, and the end result of 1-1 didn't do either side much good, as Aleksandar Mitrovic's late header cancelled out Jermain Defoe's opener.

The draw means Sunderland sit two points adrift of safety, whilst Newcastle are a point and a place behind, with both teams sat in the bottom three.

Both teams have made managerial changes this season in a bid to avoid relegation to the Championship, as whilst Sunderland moved to appoint former Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce in October, the Magpies brought in Rafael Benitez earlier this month, with the former Real Madrid manager called upon to save the club.

Now, former England international and current pundit Owen Hargreaves has offered his thoughts on the battle to avoid the drop, whilst speaking on BT Sport.

Hargreaves suggested that he was impressed with how Newcastle played in their 1-0 defeat to Leicester City in Benitez's first game in charge, and thinks the Magpies will have enough to say up.

Hargreaves therefore predicted that Sunderland will go down alongside Norwich, despite finding it difficult to bet against battle-hardened manager Allardyce.

"Players win games, not coaches," said Hargreaves. "Coaches just put a philosophy out there, in the end, he's put a philosophy out there, and I think they'll be alright, I think they'll stay up."

"I think with Rafa coming in, he believes they can stay up, and I was encouraged with how they played against Leicester. It's hard to bet against Big Sam, but I think Newcastle will stay up, I genuinely do. Sadly, for Big Sam, I think they're going to go down," he added.

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