Premier League Preview: Newcastle vs. Southampton

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  • Last Newcastle win in this fixture came in 2013
  • Saints have won just once in last 16 PL matches
  • Only seven goals have been scored at St. James in last six games

Newcastle hosts Southampton from St. James’ Park on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) as the two bottom-half sit in the midst of a heavy relegation battle.

The Magpies currently sit two points above the bottom three in the Premier League, while the Saints are a mere point above Crystal Palace.

Rafa Benitez and his club will have the luxury of Jonjo Shelvey‘s return from injury, however, Islam Slimani remains sidelined with a thigh injury.

Southampton is still without Steven Davis and Maya Yoshida, but the club doesn’t appear to have any new injuries to cope with.

What they’re saying

Rafa Benitez on importance of match: “Every game is important for us. This is the most important because it is the next one. But until the end we must keep going. I hope we win, but until the last one that is what we will do. Every game is a final. We have a lot of games to play. The target is 40 points. Southampton are around us in the table, sometimes you can win even making mistakes. The Manchester United game was excellent, the atmosphere was great with the fans behind the team, we want to replicate that.”

Mauricio Pellegrino on Newcastle’s strengths“They are a very compact team, their fans always lift the team. They will be difficult to manage. Really good defensively and on the counter. But I think we are in a good moment and our players have been training very well, it will be a tough game for Newcastle too. It is interesting because both teams need to win. I can’t imagine they will be comfortable with just one point.”

Prediction

The Liverpool defeat was expected for Rafa Benitez and his club, but Newcastle has managed to play well over the last month with results against Manchester United (win) and Bournemouth (draw). Newcastle 1-0 Southampton