Harry Redknapp discusses Sunderland's survival chances, Rafael Benitez's future at Newcastle United

Sunderland and Newcastle United are currently battling to survive in the Premier League.

Harry Redknapp has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, which was broadcast on TalkSPORT on 26th April, that he feels Sunderland will be the team which escapes the drop.

The Black Cats moved out of the relegation zone last weekend, by picking up a point against Arsenal.

Sunderland still have Newcastle United and Norwich City hot on their heels in the battle for survival, but Redknapp feels that Sam Allardyce’s men will have enough to get out of trouble.

“Sunderland are playing quite well,” the former Queens Park Rangers boss said. “When you have Defoe in your team they always have a chance of scoring, but one of the big boys is going to go.

“I think Newcastle have still got it all on. Sunderland look like the in-form team to me.”

If Newcastle were to go down, it would place Rafael Benitez’s future at St. James’ Park into serious doubt.

Benitez has a clause in his contract which means he is free to leave Newcastle, should they be relegated to the Championship.

However, Redknapp believes that the Spaniard will stay with the Tynesiders - even if they do drop into the second tier.

“I think he’d stay,” he added. “I’d be surprised if he left. Newcastle is a special club. I know their results don’t tell you, but when you get 50,000 people every week - it’s an incredible stadium.

“I’m sure he’d stay on and want to bring them back up next year. They would be a powerhouse in the Championship.”

Newcastle have taken four points from their last two matches, which has raised optimism that they will be able to survive.

The Magpies’ remaining fixtures come against Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur.

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