Southampton v Newcastle Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 23, 2018
St. Mary's Stadium - Premier League
Rock bottom Newcastle head to Southampton this weekend, with Rafa Benitez's side still without a Premier League win this season.
This game ended as an entertaining 2-2 draw on the south coast last season, with Newcastle winning the return leg 3-0 at St.James' Park.
Newcastle have not won on their last four trips to St. Mary's Stadium, in a run that stretches back to the 2012-13 Premier League season.
Newcastle could be boosted by the return of on loan striker Salomon Rondon, with the Venezuelan international set to return from a thigh injury. However central defensive pair Ciaran Clark and Florian Lejeune are both still sidelined through injury.
Southampton are hopeful that midfielder Mario Lemina will shake off a minor knee injury to play, after he was withdrawn in their draw against Bournemouth last weekend.
Southampton v Newcastle Preview and Predictions
Southampton played out a goal less draw against local rivals Bournemouth last weekend, making it five Premier League games without a win for Mark Hughes' team.
However that poor record pales in comparison to the issues Newcastle are facing, with no win all season, and just two points gained, placing real pressure veteran manager Benitez.
With both sides struggling for form, and in need of a solid performance to try an inject some confidence into the two squads, a draw - priced at 23/10- would not be an awful result for either manager, even if it only grants an extension to Benitez's inevitable exit from the club.
Goals have been a major issue for both teams this season, with Newcastle scoring just six since the start of the campaign, and Southampton netting the same, despite their better league position.
This one is unlikely to be a goal fest, and with that in mind, an under 2.5 total goals score bet is at 8/13.
A 1-1 draw at 6/1
An away win would be a huge boost for Benitez and his players, however their confidence does not appear up to it at the moment, ad they are likely to have to settle for a draw. The same is true of Southampton, who look particularly uninspired in their performances at the moment.
Danny Ings to score first at 9/2
Ings is the only Saints player to score in their last five games in all competitions, with his EFL Cup goal against Everton. Given the goal shy nature of these two sides, the Liverpool loanee looks the best option to grab a goal for the hosts.