Alan Shearer discusses Newcastle’s next two games, names key player for Sunderland

Defoe

Newcastle United will face Manchester City and Liverpool in their next two Premier League matches.

Alan Shearer has suggested on Coral.co.uk that Newcastle United need to win one of their next two Premier League games in order to stave off relegation to the Championship at the end of the season.

The Magpies will take on Manchester City at St. James’ Park on Tuesday evening and will then face Liverpool away from home at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

Newcastle legend Shearer believes that Rafael Benitez’s side need to win either against City or against the Reds.

“Newcastle’s next two games are Manchester City at home and Liverpool away,” the former England international striker wrote on Coral.co.uk. “They are two daunting games and they need to get one win from those and look to the last three games which are winnable!”

Winning against City even at home will be tough, especially as the Citizens appear to have regained some good form. Picking up all three points against Liverpool at Anfield is going to be equally hard.

Another team in danger of getting relegated to the Championship at the end of the season is Sunderland.

Shearer has suggested that the for the Black Cats to retain their Premier League status for next season, striker Jermain Defoe will be key.

“As a Newcastle fan, I’m worried about Sunderland now and what they can do,” the former Blackburn Rovers star wrote on Coral.co.uk. “Defoe could make all the difference in this relegation scrap and he continues to score for them.

“He’s always scored goals wherever he has been and he is even doing it now in a struggling side."

Defoe has scored 13 goals and created 18 chances in 29 Premier League appearances for Sunderland so far this season.

The former West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur striker has a pass accuracy of 76% and a shot accuracy of 65%, and has won seven headers, 17 dribbles and 14 tackles.

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