Newcastle v Southampton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 06, 2018
St James’ Park - Premier League
Newcastle welcome Southampton to St James’ Park in a massive game on Saturday, with both clubs just above the relegation zone. The hosts are currently 16th in the Premier League table, while the Saints are 17th.
Despite twice taking the lead at St Mary’s in October, Newcastle only managed to take a point back with them on the long trip home to the North East. Last season Southampton were 3-1 winners at home, while it was another 2-2 draw when the teams met at St James’.
Islam Slimani’s loan move from Leicester has been a nightmare so far, with the striker still yet to make his Newcastle debut. He’s expected to miss the rest of March with a thigh injury, while Jonjo Shelvey is struggling with a knee problem and is set to miss out.
Southampton duo Charlie Austin and Maya Yoshida are both also expected to be out for the rest of this month with respective thigh and knee injuries. The only other concern for Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino is Steven Davis, who is touch and go after picking up a knock.
Newcastle v Southampton Preview and Predictions
This fixture usually produces plenty of goals, but the looming threat of relegation could stifle the teams this time round. There’s a real opportunity for both sides though, as the two teams immediately below them - Crystal Palace and Stoke - have to play Chelsea and Manchester City over the weekend.
Newcastle come into the game on the back of a 2-0 loss at Liverpool, but their only defeats in their previous 10 Premier League games were both against league leaders City. That run also brought five of the Magpies’ eight draws for the season, showing that Rafa Benitez has at least made his team more difficult to beat.
The home side are 9/5 for the win in this one, which could lift them up to 13th depending on how other results go. Southampton meanwhile are 15/8, and they could reach the same position if the other three teams directly above them fail to win.
The Saints’ only defeat in their last 10 games in all competitions was also a 2-0 loss against Liverpool, but they need to start converting draws into victories if they want to beat the drop. No one has drawn more games than their 13, with another stalemate in this one priced at 9/4.
Over 3.5 goals at 15/4
This bet would’ve paid out in five of the last six meetings between the clubs, with the other game seeing three goals.
2-2 draw at 16/1
Two of the last three games between the sides have ended 2-2, and with both teams desperate to avoid defeat, the same result could be on the cards.