A desperate Newcastle United travel to Southampton hoping to end their terrible away form in the Premier League.
Southampton were beaten 1-0 by league leaders Leicester City on the matchday 22 and are currently 7th in the league with 47 points. The Saints are a strong team at their home and there is more misery waiting for a Newcastle side who are stuttering at the 19th position in the league table with 25 points.
The Magpies have 7 matches to save themselves from relegation and they should start winning matches from now. This could be mission impossible as three of their next six opponents are Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham.
Southampton’s overall league form in last 6 matches read 2 wins, 1 draw and 3 defeats. At the same time, they have won 5 out of their last 7 home matches, with a draw and a defeat during the period.
Newcastle United are without a win in their last 6 matches, with 5 defeats and a draw. Their away form is miserable with just 2 wins whole season and 13 defeats from 16 matches so far. They have lost in all of their last 8 away games in the Premier League.
Southampton: Team News
Florin Gardos is the only player missing through injury for Ronald Koeman. Both Shane Long and Matt Targett are struggling for fitness and will assessed closely towards the kick-off.
Southampton: Expected Starting Line-up (4-4-2)
Forster – Soares, van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand –Wanyanma, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Davis – Mane, Pelle.
Newcastle United: Team News
Aleksandar Mitrovic, who scored twice after coming-off the bench at Norwich is expected to start here in place of Pappis Cisse. Rafa Benitez is short of options as at least 11 players are out with injuries and fitness issues.
Newcastle United: Expected Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Darlow – Janmaat, Taylor, Mbemba, Anita – Tiote, Shelvey – Townsend, Wijnaldum, Sissoko – Mitrovic.
Southampton vs Newcastle: Head-to-Head Stats
- Southampton are unbeaten in the last 5 Premier League meetings with Newcastle, with 3 wins and 2 draws.
- The Saints are on a 3 match winning streak at home against the Magpies and kept a clean sheet in all of them.
- Newcastle United’s last win against Southampton was in the 2012/13 season and their last win at St. Mary’s was in 2004/05 season.
Southampton vs Newcastle: Prediction
Southampton are clear favorites to win this one considering their strong home form. And Newcastle have a poor away record whole season and despite a chance in manger, their displays remain more or less the same.
A straight win for Southampton is my prediction for this match and I expect the Saints to keep a clean sheet.