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Newcastle United chief Joe Kinnear has admitted his side face a real battle to stave off the threat of relegation this season after the 2-1 defeat at Manchester City.
Newcastle will travel to under-fire West Ham as Alan Curbishley endures the threat of the Hammers boo boys. Kevin Keegan brings a side in a rich vein of form, hoping to continue their superb run at Upton Park.
The 139th Tyne-Wear derby will take place at 1:30 on Sunday, as Sunderland travel the short trip to St James' Park to take on Newcastle. The two sides look safe from relegation on part of a two part special on 'Derby Sunday'.
Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a hat-trick and Carlos Tevez a brace as Man Utd defeated managerless Newcastle by 6-0 at Old Trafford to go top of the Premiership on goal difference ahead of Arsenal.
Newcastle chairman Chris Mort has admitted he is disappointed with 'too many disappointing results' this season. Newcastle have fallen into the wrong half of the Premiership and Sam Allardyce is under huge pressure to turn around results.
Fulham need to get more points on the board as they have managed just 1 point in 12. Newcastle are equally as bad at the moment, with 5 points from 18. Fulham and Newcastle will both be desperate as Sam Allardyce's future still hangs in the balance.
Newcastle find themselves with their boss in an untenable position only picking up two points from a possible 18. Alex McLeish has settled in well at Birmingham however, as his victory over Spurs demonstrated.
Sam Allardyce knows this game is crucial if he wants to keep his job, and travelling to Ewood Park is fast becoming one of the hardest journeys in the Premiership. Rovers are without a victory in four league games, whilst Newcastle are looking for their first in five weeks.
Newcastle defeated West Ham with Mark Viduka scoring an excellent brace and Charles N'Zogbia also getting on the scoresheet. Dean Ashton's goal for West Ham was not enough for the London side to rescue some points. Michael Owen was also taken off as an injury precaution with a groin problem.