Former Newcastle winger Chris Waddle commentates on the Premier League games for the NBC Sports Network, and his (thick) Geordie accent comes across loud and clear in the games,
Chris is both a good analyst and a good commentator.
Chris Waddle – pundit and commentator
Sunderland have won four derby games in a row, have a terrible league record going into this game against Newcastle on Sunday, and have a new manager in Dick Advocaat, so the odds are they can get another win against Newcastle.
That situation’s not unlike some of the previous four derbies with Sunderland in terrible form before the games – but it didn’t seem to stop them winning.
The Magpies need to wake up, and start match the opposing players’ passion, drive and effort in these derby games, which we haven’t been doing recently.
For Sunderland, the Newcastle games in the last three seasons have been their season, with Newcastle putting in pathetic performances in some of those games.
And there has been so much despair among Newcastle fans over this losing streak, that one supporter even slugged it out with a police horse – but thankfully the horse Bud was OK – but the fan wasn’t, and he was jailed and banned from games for six years.
Chris Waddle has talked to The Star today and makes a prediction – although it’s not a very daring one:
“Neither side are in good form and, to compound it, Newcastle have a lot of injuries so their side almost picks itself.” “Sunderland have had the upper hand recently and will fancy their chances of making it five in a row.”
“When they won at St James’ Park in December, everyone expected them to kick on but it’s been a struggle for them since then and their home record is poor.” “They need a result more than Newcastle but that won’t necessarily work to their advantage.”
“So I’m going for a draw, keeping my fingers crossed the north-east derby will be around next season.”
Newcastle have been dropping down the league like a lead balloon all year, and if we lose this game (please – no), then we could be overtaken by both Everton and West Brom if they win their home games against Southampton and QPR respectively on Saturday.
If that happens we will be down to 14th place in the league table before we start the game which will pout extra pressure on us.
If we do lose the game then we have just 9 points from 12 league games this year, and f we go any lower Newcastle could be too close for comfort to the relegation zone.
That’s especially true if those teams below us start winning, so it would be great to get 3 points on Sunday – we need them.
What do you think?
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