Two sides that have noticeably turned a corner battle for supremacy in their bid to maintain their topflight status.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Sunday, 8th December
Venue: St James’ Park
Newcastle moved up to eleventh on the table following their 2-0 win at Sheffield United in midweek and so are now unbeaten in four of their last five, winning three of those games. The feel-good factor has clearly returned to Tyneside, and just at the right moment as Steve Bruce sets up his side for what promises to be a thrilling run-in.
The Magpies will be even confident of getting a good result back at home ground where they remain unbeaten in the last six, though they have conceded in four of those games and might need to shore up their rear.
For the first time this season, Southampton managed to string together back-to-back league wins after a brace of 2-1 results versus Watford and Norwich. The results helped them out of the drop zones but they are still winless in their last four on the road and could be toppled yet again at St James’ Park.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have failed to win twelve of the last thirteen occasions they had visited this ground, and it is difficult to back them to do so now, their mini-revival notwithstanding.
Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie remain out for the hosts, while Florian Lejeune and DeAndre Yedlin are doubts.
Stuart Armstrong is still listed as out. There is little chance for Sofiane Boufal here as well, as he continues his recovery from a toe injury.
Head to head
There is very little to sperate these sides on head to head basis, with Newcastle having 37 wins to their opposition 36, while 23 games have ended as stalemates.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in eight of the last nine games between these sides in the Premier League.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Southampton’s last six league games.
Newcastle have scored at least twice in their last three home games against Southampton in the Premier League.
Newcastle followed up the commendable 2-2 with Manchester City on game week 14 with a 2-0 result over a tactically strong Sheffield United outfit. They have an even bigger chance of moving further up the standings with another victory here. Newcastle’s last five games in all competitions (WWLDW)
Southampton have done well for themselves too after earning a pair of wins over fellow strugglers, and can further stake a claim for survival with a good outing. They had picked just two points from eight games before the latest wins, however. Southampton last five games in all competitions (LLDWW)
There are a number of options to pick from this clash, and with Newcastle good value for a home win here, tipping Southampton to at least get on the score board makes it all the more enticing. There is a 9/2 price for the Magpies to carry the day but without a clean sheet, and this punt paid out in their last meeting here.
Danny Ings is 21/10 to score at anytime, and thus add to his eight league strikes with a fifth successive effort.