Southampton will welcome high-flying Newcastle to St. Mary’s Stadium this Sunday as both teams battle for three points.
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton)
Southampton have won just one of their last eight league games (D2, L5).
They have kept just one clean sheet in 13 Premier League games this season.
The hosts have failed to win a Sunday game in 2022 (D3, L2).
Newcastle United have kept a first-half clean sheet in 11 of their 13 PL games this season.
The visitors are unbeaten in their last eight league games (W5, D3).
They have kept the joint-most clean sheets in the league this season (six).
Newcastle have scored 4+ goals in three of their last six games.
They have the best defence in the league this season, having conceded just ten goals.
Head to head
In 42 Premier League meetings between both sides, Newcastle have 17 wins while Southampton have 16 wins.
Latest performances in all competitions
Southampton will be going in search of their second win since October when they take on Newcastle United on Sunday.
The Saints have picked up just one win in their last six games, and come into this encounter off the back of a 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace last weekend.
An Odsonne Edouard goal in the 38th minute was all that separated both sides after 90 minutes, and head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl will be keen to see his side return to winning ways immediately.
However, Newcastle will present an altogether different test from Crystal Palace and the Austrian coach will have to come up with a way to stop his leaky defence who have conceded 20 times so far this season, from breaking away when under pressure from the Magpies who have scored seven in their last three matches.
Southampton have had a poor start to the season, which has left them at genuine risk of relegation, and unless Ralph Hasenhüttl stems the rot, the Saints may face a very disturbing prospect of playing in the Championship come next season.
A 17th place standing in the EPL table does not do justice to the Saint’s fine performances so far this season. The home side have been impressive in their last games despite their adverse outcome, and head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl will look to convert their fine performances into positive results.
Possible Southampton starting line-up
Gavin Bazunu; Juan Larios, Duje Caleta-Car, Mohammed Salisu, Romain Perraud; James Ward-Prowse, Joe Aribo, Ibrahima Diallo, Mohamed Elyounoussi; Che Adams, Adam Armstrong.
Injured: Kyle Walker-Peters, Valentino Livramento
Newcastle have been in scintillating form this season, and without the burden of European competition as their fellow top-four contenders, the Magpies have excelled.
Eddie Howe’s side come into this game on the back of an eight-game-winning run which has seen them break into the top four after their fine run.
The Magpies have found goals easy to come by despite the long absence of their record-signing striker Alexander Isak, because of injury. Callum Wilson has filled in brilliantly for the injured Swede and chipped in with two goals in their last outing in the EPL to take his tally of goals to six.
Miguel Almiron also continued his fine run this season with another fine goal against Aston Villa last time out, and Joelinton capped off a fine afternoon for Eddie Howe’s side against the Villans.
The English coach will be keen to see his side pick up their third win in a row when they visit St Mary’s Stadium, and judging by their recent form and an impressive head-to-head record against the Saints, the Magpies look set to claim another victory as they continue their chase for a place in the Champions League next season.
Newcastle have dominated this encounter in recent games, and have claimed three wins in their last five meetings, with the others ending in a draw and a defeat. And with Saints struggling for form this season, Eddie Howe will fancy his team’s chances of claiming another victory at St Mary’s Stadium.
Possible Newcastle starting line-up
Nick Pope; Kieran Trippier, Jamaal Lascelles, Sven Botman, Dan Burn; Bruno Guimaraes, Joe Willock, Sean Longstaff; Miguel Almiron, Callum Wilson, Jacob Murphy.
Injured: Paul Dummett, Joelinton, Emil Krafth, Alexander Isak, Matt Ritchie, Karl Darlow
Doubtful: Fabian Schar
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Southampton 1-3 Newcastle United