St James’ Park - Premier League
This clash between Newcastle and Southampton was shaping up to be a huge match in the battle for Premier League survival. That’s not really the case after they both won at the weekend, but Saturday’s late kick-off should be a good one nonetheless.
Three of the last five meetings between the sides have ended all square, including a goalless draw at St Mary’s earlier this season. Newcastle won 3-0 in this fixture last term, while Southampton’s last victory over the Magpies was a 3-1 triumph at home just over three years ago.
Kenedy scored twice in last season’s corresponding fixture, but the Brazilian’s spell on Tyneside looks like it’s coming to an end. He’s been excluded from recent squads, while Florian Lejeune and Sean Longstaff’s absences are enforced through injury.
The visitors continue to miss influential midfielder Mario Lemina, while Michael Obafemi is also out of this game due to injury. The only other player Ralph Hasenhuttl has fitness concerns over is Yan Valery, who went off at the weekend with cramp.
Newcastle United v Southampton Preview and Predictions
Newcastle come into this fixture two points ahead of Southampton, having played one game more than their visitors. The Saints have an eight-point lead over 18th-placed Cardiff City, who’ve played the same number of matches as them.
Both of these teams will think they’re pretty much safe from the drop now, although a win here would reinforce those beliefs. Newcastle should be in confident mood after their impressive 1-0 win at Leicester on Saturday, while Southampton also beat an in-form opponent as they saw off Wolves 3-1 at home.
That was a fourth win in six matches for the Saints, who lost to Manchester United and Liverpool in the other two fixtures. The likes of Nathan Redmond and Danny Ings are looking good right now, but they’ll have a tough job breaking down this well-organised Newcastle team.
We could be in for a tight game this weekend, so the draw might be interesting at 9/4. Newcastle are the favourites in the betting though, priced at 7/5, with Southampton available at 9/4. With Cardiff playing Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday, both teams will know that any points they can get are likely to lift them closer to safety.
Score draw at 15/4
There isn’t much to separate the sides, and both managers may be happy to settle for a point if the scores are level heading into the closing stages.
Redmond to score first at 10/1
The Southampton forward broke the deadlock against Wolves at the weekend before going on to score again, and he’s in fine form at the moment.