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- Southampton have lost each of their last four Premier League games.
- The Saints were thumped 9-0 in midweek by Manchester United.
- Newcastle have won each of their last three home league meetings with Southampton.
- The Magpies mustered a combined 43 attempts on goal in their last two home matches.
Saints break more records for the wrong reasons
Southampton were on the end of an incredible 9-0 hammering for the second time in as many seasons on Tuesday evening, when the Saints were torn to shreds by a ruthless and clinical Manchester United team at Old Trafford.
Injuries had already forced Ralph Hasenhüttl to field a weakened team in Manchester, though a deserved red card after just a minute and a half for 19-year-old Alexandre Jankewitz sparked an excruciating Saints capitulation.
With fitness issues taking their toll, Southampton have now lost four league games on the bounce, though the depleted Saints now have fresh confidence concerns to add to their injury problems after their midweek mauling.
Newcastle fail to make chances pay
Newcastle meanwhile, had midweek misery of their own to endure when they somehow lost at home to Crystal Palace on Tuesday evening.
The Magpies took an early lead against the Eagles, though their relinquished their advantage before the interval, and Newcastle were unable to claw their way back to parity despite mustering 21 attempts to their visitor’s six.
Newcastle have the advantage against depleted Saints
Ralph Hasenhüttl will hope to have Kyle Walker-Peters back for the Saints’ trip to St. James’ Park, though the Austrian could again be without a huge number of other first teamer against Newcastle.
Nathan Tella, Theo Walcott, Ibrahima Diallo, Oriol Romeu, Jannik Vestergaard and Jan Bednarek all look set to miss Saturday’s game, with the latter defensive pair’s absence a particularly big blow to a Southampton team that had their confidence shattered on Tuesday.
As a result, Newcastle – who have beaten the Saints on each of the sides’ last three encounters on Tyneside – are worth backing to take full advantage of their visitor’s plight at the prices on offer, while a 2-1 correct score prediction is also favoured.
The Magpies racked up a combined 43 attempts on goal in their last two home fixtures despite falling to a 2-1 defeat on each occasion. However, we expect their luck to change against a Southampton team missing key defenders on Saturday.
Newcastle United injuries and team news
Centre-back duo Jamaal Lascelles and Federico Fernandez are Newcastle’s only confirmed absentees for this match.
Winger Allan Saint-Maximin will be pushing for a start alongside Callum Wilson, while January arrival Joe Willock will also be hoping to feature.
Southampton injuries and team news
Hasenhuttl could beshort at the back with doubts remaining over Jannik Vestergaard, Mohammed Salisu and Kyle Walker-Peters, though the reversal of Jan Bednarek’s suspension will be welcome boost.
Oriol Romeu and Ibrahima Diallo are expected to miss out on Saturday however, while Nathan Tella, Theo Walcott, Michael Obafemi and William Smallbone are also sidelined.
Deadline day signing Takumi Minamino could offer an alternative in attack.
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