Having won four of their last five Premier League matches against Southampton, Newcastle United will hope to extend their fine form against the Saints when they visit St. Mary’s Stadium on Friday, 6 November 2020.
All in all, Newcastle United have won their last three games against Southampton and are unbeaten in their last six head-to-head meetings, with the Saints’ most recent victory over The Magpies being a 3-1 home win in April 2016.
Southampton Betting Preview
After a slow start to the campaign that saw Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men losing back-to-back League games against Crystal Palace (0-1) and Tottenham (2-5), while the Saints were also eliminated from the League Cup by the Championship side Brentford in a game sandwiched between the aforementioned two defeats, Southampton are now enjoying a five-game unbeaten run.
Southampton can now achieve a third consecutive Premier League victory for the first time since May 2016, when they did it under Ronald Koeman. Moreover, If fifth-placed Saints secure a third successive win, they would finish a day top of the Premier League for the first time ever.
The Saints were absolutely ruthless to earn a 4-0 lead against Aston Villa last weekend and despite the late drop of their form and Villa’s response – to reduce the gap to a single goal – Southampton’s record has been bettered, winning four of those five matches.
Meanwhile, Danny Ings continues to shine as the England international has now scored five goals in seven League games. The former Liverpool forward was one of the most prolific goal scorers in the English top-flight last season (joint runner-up alongside Arsenal’s Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and just one behind top scorer Jamie Vardy), when he maintained consistency before and post-lockdown with a total of 22 goals in 38 appearances.
However, Ings will be sidelined for a couple of weeks so Nathan Redmond may start alongside Che Adams up front in Ralph Hasenhüttl’s preferred 4-4-2.
A hamstring injury is expected to keep left-back Ryan Bertrand out on Friday and Yan Valery could deputize. Jan Bednarek is also questionable so Jack Stephens is on standby to start at center-back.
Since being appointed to replace Mark Hughes at the Southampton helm in December 2018, the first Austrian manager in the Premier League (Ralph Hasenhüttl) has been named as the Alpine Klopp and his side looks really capable and well organized.
Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg left the Southern club to join Tottenham Hotspur but the likes of Oriol Romeu and James Ward-Prowse are doing very well to pair at central midfield, with the latter being in superb form on his 26th birthday as the England midfielder was simply outstanding to score two free-kicks, thus inspiring Southampton’s 4-3 win over Aston Villa early on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Theo Walcott returned to his boyhood club and the former England international hopes to revive his career under Ralph Hasenhüttl’s guidance.
Newcastle United Betting Preview
Steve Bruce’s side will head to the south coast on the back of an impressive 2-1 home win over a well-performing Everton side on Sunday, when Callum Wilson’s double proved decisive.
Everon have indeed controlled possession and had more shots (not on target though), yet Newcastle were more efficient and managed to win another home game at the St. James’ Park – their second home win in the 2020-21 campaign. As for comparison, The Magpies have won just two of their last 10 home matches in 2019-20.
The Magpies have returned to winning ways following a 4-1 home defeat to Manchester United and a 1-1 draw at Wolves in their first two games after the October international break. However, a new break comes after the clash against Southampton and Steve Bruce hopes to get another positive result when he must either adjust his blueprint or stick with it to challenge Ralph Hasenhüttl’s game plan.
Jamaal Lascelles, Federico Fernandez and Fabian Schar were all dominant and disciplined at the back, and we won’t be surprised if Steve Bruce once again opts for a three-man central defense. Indeed, Newcastle’s manager has reverted to a three-man line in the two matches since the aforementioned setback against Manchester United and his move reaped rewards on both occasions.
Southampton may have Danny Ings in their lines but Newcastle can call on summer signing Callum Wilson, whose form has been quite good as well and the 28 years old can already boast six goals in seven League appearances for the famous North East club.
Indeed, they look more potent since Callum Wilson’s arrival as he was directly involved in seven of Newcastle’s 10 League goals so far, scoring six of them.
Ryan Fraser enjoyed an impressive cameo against Everton last time out as the Scotsman delivered the assist for Callum Wilson’s winner, as it seems that former Bournemouth teammates have the right rhythm to contribute for Newcastle’s progress.
Joelinton may have to settle for a place on the bench as the Brazilian failed to meet the high-expectations of his £40 million transfer last summer.
Martin Dubravka, Matt Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey, DeAndre Yedlin and Dwight Gayle are all sidelined for the away side, while Paul Dummett and Matty Longstaff are both doubts.
Possible Starting Lineups of Southampton and Newcastle United
Southampton: Alex McCarthy – Kyle Walker-Peters, Jan Bednarek, Jannik Vestergaard, Yan Valery – Theo Walcott, Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse, Stuart Armstrong – Che Adams, Nathan Redmond . (4-4-2)
Newcastle United: Karl Darlow – Jacob Murphy, Federico Fernández, Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schär, Jamal Lewis – Miguel Almirón, Jeff Hendrick, Sean Longstaff – Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson. (5-3-2)
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
If we assume that Tottenham’s Harry Kane will be England’s number one choice up front (if he’s fit), Danny Ings and Callum Wilson are among the contenders to make it into Gareth Southgate’s squad list for the rescheduled UEFA Euro 2020 and their domestic form would be of crucial importance for the England boss.
Steve Bruce’s men have scored in each of their last seven games across all competitions. Furthermore, they have also scored in one but one game during 2020-21 – a disappointing 3-0 home loss to Brighton on 20 September – and would fancy their chances to keep scoring against a Southampton side that’s pretty inconsistent in defending.
Both sides have scored in all of Newcastle’s last five Premier League games and also considering Southampton free-scoring form (scoring 12 goals in their last five games), we expect another thrilling high-scoring encounter with these two sides on the field.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Over 2½ Goals -120 @ BetOnline for 6/10 Units