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Newcastle are headed for The Championship.

Last updated: April 4, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The St. Mary’s Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LWWDL
Away form: LDLLL
Last season: 4-0
Competition: The Premier League

After spending the biggest amount of money during the transfer window, Newcastle are still struggling in The Premier league. The Magpies have recorded 5 defeats in their last 6 league matches. In addition, they achieved only 1 point against their main opponents in the relegation battle. Newcastle United lost their last match against Norwich City, which was crucial for the team. Now, The Magpies are 4 points below the line… So, Rafael Benitez has to do something extraordinary to avoid relegation.

On the other hand, The Saints are still involved in The Top 6 battle. Southampton have even a chance to qualify for The Champions League, but Ronald Koeman’s players will have to record another victory against Newcastle United on Saturday. Moreover, The Saints have won 8 of 16 matches at The St. Mary’s Stadium this season.

The Magpies have big problems when playing away games in The Premier League. Newcastle have lost 8 consecutive matches in the league. They have scored only 9 goals in 16 games away from St. James’ Park and have conceded 36. Newcastle United have only won 2 away matches this season.


Team News

Rob Elliot and Tim Krul are injured for Newcastle United, so Karl Darlow will have to start again for The Magpies. This will be the third Premier League game for the 25-year-old goalkeeper.

Jack Colback has received 10 yellow cards this season, so the midfielder is going to miss the upcoming fixture through suspension.

The striker, Shane Long, has received a knee injury and he is going to be sidelined. Long has scored 7 goals in 22 games this season.

Coloccini, Haidara, Marveaux and Dummett are the other Newcastle United players, who can’t take part in the match against The Saints.


Expected line-ups:

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Southampton (3-5-1-1): Forster, van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Targett, Clasie, Mane, Wanyama, Pelle.
Subs Yoshida, Stekelenburg, Oriol Romeu, Austin, Juanmi, Tadic, Soares.
Injured: Gardos, Long.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Darlow, Taylor, Janmaat, Mbemba, Lascelles, Tiote, Shelvey, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Townsend, Mitrovic
Subs Sterry, Cisse, Woodman, Mbabu, Obertan, Aarons, Riviere.
Injured: Krul, Haïdara, Dummett, Coloccini, Marveaux, Elliot.
Doubtful:
Not available: Colback

So far this season

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Southampton this season Newcastle this season
17 League Position 19
8 (5) (at home) Wins (away) 4 (2)
4-0 vs. Arsenal Biggest win 6-2 vs. Norwich
3 (5) (at home) Draws (away) 6 (1)
5 (6) (at home) Losses (away) 5 (13)
0-3 to Everton Biggest Defeat 1-6 to Man City
Pelle (9) Top scorer Wijnaldum (9)
Tadic, Mane (6) Assist Leader Sissoko (5)
Y50, R6 Discipline Y50, R4
10 Failures to score 13
12 Clean Sheets 5
13 Both Teams to Score Games 15
14 Over 2.5 Games 16
18 Under 2.5 Games 15
  • Southampton have lost only 1 of their last 7 Premier League matches. They won 5 of these games, scoring 15 goals.
  • The Magpies have failed to score in 5 of their last 8 away Premier League games. They lost all of these matches, conceding 17 in their net.
  • Newcastle United have won only 2 of 28 visits to Southampton. The Saints have recorded 17 victories against The Magpies at The St. Mary’s Stadium.
  • Graziano Pelle scored 3 goals in the Saint’s last 3 Premier League matches. The Italian is Southampton’s top goal-scorer with 9 goals.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
09/08/15 The Premier League Newcastle 2-2 Southampton G. Pellè 24′
17/01/15 The Premier League Newcastle 1-2 Southampton E. Elia 14′
13/09/14 The Premier League Southampton 4-0 Newcastle G. Pellè 6′
29/03/14 The Premier League Southampton 4-0 Newcastle J. Rodriguez 45′
14/12/13 The Premier League Newcastle 1-1 Southampton Y. Gouffran 27′