Former Newcastle United manager Graeme Souness suggested on the Live Ford Monday Night Football show on Sky Sports 1 on Monday evening (broadcast from 7pm, April 25) that Sunderland will retain their Premier League status for next season.
The Liverpool legend suggested that Newcastle and Norwich City will be the two teams who will get relegated to the Championship along with Aston Villa.
“They (Newcastle) are playing with a bit of confidence now and belief, having had three good results back-to-back,” said Souness on the Live Ford Monday Night Football show on Sky Sports 1 on Monday evening (broadcast from 7pm, April 25).
“They have still got it all to do for me. I think Sunderland, right now, look like the team who can stay up out of the three. Norwich, I think they are huffing and puffing a bit.
“That result that Sunderland got down there really punched them on the nose. I think although Newcastle have had a mini-revival, it might be too little, too late. Sunderland look like the team who have got the bit between their teeth.”
Norwich and Newcastle are in the Premier League bottom three at the moment, while Sunderland are a place above the relegation zone in 17th.
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce knows how to get the best out of teams during such situations, and he will have a plan to guide the Black Cats to safety.
Recent results and performances of the Black Cats have also been encouraging, but their final games will be tough.