Desperate to make a much-needed return to winning ways after finding themselves in the midst of another sluggish patch, Southampton will welcome Newcastle to St. Mary’s on Saturday afternoon.
Hit with what was a deserved 3-1 defeat away at relegation scrappers West Ham last week, the South Coast outfit have now lost four of their last five matches across all competitions and have managed to land just a sole victory since the 21st of January.
On the flip side, after booking their spot in the quarter-finals of this year’s FA Cup thanks to a 3-2 win away at Championship outfit West Brom in midweek, Newcastle are simply hoping to find some top-flight stability.
Still looking over their shoulder at the drop zone, the Magpies find themselves in the midst of a five-match Premier League winless run and continuing to struggle in the final third.
However, despite landing just a sole league victory since opening the New Year, Newcastle do hold an eye-catching record against Saturday’s hosts.
Picking up a 2-1 win when they hosted Southampton back in December, the Magpies have landed back-to-back victories against the Saints and are unbeaten in their last four meetings against the South Coast outfit.
You might be interested to know that another shock Newcastle victory can be found priced as high as 17/4 with Betfair.
The struggling Saints
Although a routine 2-0 win over Aston Villa a fortnight ago may have appeared to help Southampton turn a corner, the Saints once again came crashing back down to earth in the capital last weekend.
While a stellar start to the New Year may have guided the South Coast outfit away from a relegation scrap, Head Coach Ralph Hasenhüttl watched his side hit with a thumping 3-1 defeat away at West Ham.
In fact, along with now losing four of their last five matches across all competitions, Southampton have lost three of their last four Premier League outings (W1), as many as they had in their previous 12 games in the competition.
Watching a struggling Hammers create a string of chances at the London Stadium last week and lucky to ship just three goals on the road, there is no doubt that the former RB Leipzig boss will be most concerned by his side’s recent issues at the back.
Slumping back to their early-season problems, the Saints have now shipped at least a pair of goals in each of their last four defeats and hold the second-worst defensive record in the top-flight.
You might be interested to know, Southampton have also conceded two or more goals in four of their last five meetings against Saturday’s guests and Hasenhüttl’s men can be found at 11/4 with Coral to once again ship over 1.5 goals this weekend.
Newcastle hoping for a boost
After booking their spot in the quarter-final of this year’s FA Cup away at Championship leaders West Brom on Tuesday night, Newcastle are simply hoping for a Premier League boost this weekend.
Playing out a 0-0 stalemate against Burnley seven days ago, Head Coach Steve Bruce has seen his side fail to win any of their last five Premier League games and they have just a sole top-flight win to their name since the 21st of December.
Although Bruce might have seen his side bag a trio of goals in back-to-back matches in this year’s FA Cup, the one-time Sunderland boss has made it clear that his side must find a far more clinical edge in the final third.
Once again drawing a blank against Burnley last weekend, Saturday’s guests have now failed to record a single Premier League goal in their last four outings on the bounce, their worst attacking rut since September 2015.
Also failing to find the net in back-to-back matches away from St. James’ Park, you might be interested to know that Newcastle can be found at 5/4 with William Hill to draw another blank on Saturday afternoon.