Newcastle vs Southampton Predictions

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Both Teams To Score

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Newcastle 2-1

10/1odds when tipped
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Joe Willock To Score Anytime

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Tip Reasoning

  • Both teams have scored in 12 of Newcastle’s last 15 Premier League home games.
  • Southampton haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 13 league matches.
  • Newcastle have won their last four home games against the Saints.

Midweek cup contrast doesn’t tell the whole story

These two sides had vastly contrasting midweek fortunes, with Newcastle being dumped out of the EFL Cup on penalties after a goalless draw to Burnley at the same time as Southampton were recording their biggest ever away victory as they demolished Newport County 8-0.

However, the Saints will face a much tougher test when they visit St James’ Park on Saturday, despite the Magpies’ disappointing start to the season.

Steve Bruce’s side have lost both Premier League outings so far but their first home game – a 4-2 defeat to West Ham – offered some positives and they have a decent recent record against Southampton. They have won their last four home games against The Saints and have only lost one of their last eight meetings home and away.

Saints defensive problems remain

Southampton will be high on confidence after that midweek win and their 1-1 draw against Manchester United, but their opener away at Everton was riddled with problems and they were more than a little fortunate to only concede once against the Red Devils last weekend.

These defensive issues have been evident for longer, though. They haven’t kept a clean sheet in the league since March, conceding 28 goals in their 13 matches since. That clean sheet came against the dreadful Sheffield United, too, and their only away clean sheets last season came against Burnley, Fulham and the aforementioned Blades.

Expect goals at St James’ Park

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have scored in all three games this season, though, and should have more than enough to trouble a Newcastle defence that has shipped six goals in two league outings so far. Backing both teams to score is my preference, and given how Newcastle’s excellent recent record at home to the Saints I’m opting for a 2-1 correct score prediction.

Joe Willock is an interesting bet in the anytime goalscorer market. The former Arsenal midfielder was a sensation on loan from the Gunners last season, scoring in each of his final seven appearances for Newcastle at the end of the campaign. He looks a very good price to net his first of the season on Saturday.

Newcastle predicted lineup: Woodman; Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark; Murphy, Willock, Longstaff, Almiron, Ritchie; Saint-Maximin, Wilson

Southampton predicted lineup: McCarthy; Libramento, Bednarek, Salisu, Perraud; Elyounoussi, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Djenepo; Adams, Armstrong

  • Southampton have lost three of their last four Premier League matches
  • Over 2.5 goals was a winning bet in ten of Southampton’s Premier League away games last season

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