Swansea City, Manchester City, Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa are among Newcastle United’s final Premier League opponents.
Aston Villa’s Leandro Bacuna has come in for criticism.
Mesut Özil has had his most productive season for Arsenal, yet he still manages to draw criticism.
The Newcastle legend is clearly hopeful of success for both North-East teams.
Manchester City will face Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals.
The former pundit was discussing the strength of next year's division and has tipped the two sides to be contenders.
The Ipswich boss has been linked with the Villa job.
Danny Higginbotham compares the current Newcastle United team to the Southampton side of 2004-05.
Both sides meet at the King Power on Sunday afternoon.
The attacking midfielder is set to miss the game due to a fractured leg.