It seems that most pundits are saying the game will be very close now that Rafa Benitez is the Newcastle manger but having to overcome six defeats on the trot is going to be difficult for Newcastle – but certainly not impossible and we can win this game.
If the woeful Steve McClaren had been in charge then most pundits and even fans would have called the game for Sunderland and that includes Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson.
Paul continues to criticize Newcastle fans in part for the mess we are in – why – we have no idea – but is undecided on the outcome of this game and thinks it’s a very difficult game to call.
Paul Merson – very difficult derby game to call
This is what Paul has said on Sky Sports:
“It’s a big game anyway – but now, with one of these two sides definitely going down, it’s a massive, massive game.” “If Rafael Benitez hadn’t moved to St James Park I would have made Sunderland a certainty. Now, it’s a very difficult game to call.”
“I watched Newcastle on Monday night and they looked a completely different side.” “Watching them against Bournemouth and then against Leicester, the difference was startling. The organisation was better but also, the players seemed to give a lot more.”
“I really did fancy Sunderland for this but Newcastle have shown glimpses of promise already under Benitez.”
If we are to survive this season, given the mess we are in at the moment – then at some point we have to start winning games.
There’s no better game to start winning than against Sunderland at home on Sunday afternoon.
Howay The Lads!!