Prematch: Newcastle United vs Southampton

“They are fighting,” according to Howe who anticipates an intense game against Saints

Published: April 28, 2023 20:03



Premier League
30 Apr 15:00

In short

After beating Everton 3-0 in midweek, Newcastle United will now look to beat Southampton FC on Sunday at 14:00 GMT+1 at St James Park and remain ahead in their bid for top three finish. Kick-off time for this fixture will be 14:00 (GMT+1).

Southampton Hopeful to Turn Things Around Despite Bottom of Table Position

Southampton remain at the bottom of the table following their 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth, with 24 points from 6 wins, 6 draws, and 21 losses from 6W, 6D & 21L games. They hope to turn things around, however; having not recorded victories in any of their five recent matches (LLLDL). Furthermore, in 17 Premier League away games against Newcastle they’ve only ever managed one win [1W 4D 12L]. But manager Ruben Selles remains optimistic, saying in pre-match press conference “I still think we can do it. I think everybody at the club from technical staff players to players can make things change”, before adding he could line up his 4–4-2 formation with Theo Walcott and Carlos Alcaraz as attacking options on Sunday’s matchup.

Newcastle United Secure Third Place with 4-1 Win Over Everton

Newcastle United made light work of Everton on Thursday evening during midweek fixtures to record a 4-1 win and secure themselves as four-goal winners. Callum Wilson bagged two goals [28′, 75′], Joelinton [72′] and Jacob Murphy [81′] also scored, as Isak Isak made sure of victory with some outstanding play in defense. The Magpies won two straight, WWLWW, as they secured third place with 62 points from 17 wins, 11 draws and 4 losses in only 17 weeks of competition. Newcastle United will take great heart from their recent success against Manchester United [60 points]. As they aim to secure a top three finish. Home side have only lost one of their last 11 Premier League encounters against Southampton (seven wins, three draws and one defeat in November 2020) — an away defeat by 2-0 scoreline. Newcastle have won eight out of their last 10 meetings against Southampton across all competitions [8W, 1D, 1L], including three victories already this season. Howe said at their pre-match press conference: “I think they’re fighting hard.” “I recently watched Arsenal play Southampton (3-3); I thought they performed very well against league leaders Southampton; scoring three goals while appearing dangerous in transition and set plays – all very similar to our experiences against them this season,” commented Heitinga. Howe anticipates being without Allan Saint-Maximin when he lines up his four-three-three formation. “He won’t be available for Sunday – maybe for a later game but not sure at this stage”, Howe stated. Callum Wilson could take over in the center of Alexander Isak’s attacking trio once again despite an outstanding showing by Isak in previous outings.

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