Newcastle has had the better of play for large swaths if not all of its three games including a midweek loss to Burnley in penalties but have not found its cutting edge.
Saints will hope Adam Armstrong, formerly one of Newcastle’s highly-touted phenoms, can continue to show promise in filling the boots of Danny Ings. Southampton drew Manchester United in Week 2.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Newcastle vs. Southampton.
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Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup
Star goalkeeper Martin Dubravka had a setback and is eight weeks away, while Jonjo Shelvey is missing with a calf problem. Isaac Hayden will be back after the international break, same with Paul Dummett. Karl Darlow is still coming back from COVID-19 and Elliott Anderson isn’t training after a groin injury.
🚨 𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗠-𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 🚨
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 28, 2021
Southampton team news, injuries, lineup
Stuart Armstrong is still out and Sam McQueen is still building back for a return. Will Smallbone is out with injury, too.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 28, 2021
Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
The bookmakers have it as a tossup, more or less, the difference perhaps being Saints’ trip up north. A Newcastle win pays +150 while a Southampton win is good for +175. A draw? +235.
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This could go either way, including blowouts. Neither of these teams has shown itself to be either above a stinker or a brilliant day on the pitch. We’ll give Newcastle that home desperation and Armstrong a memorable goal. Newcastle 2-1 Southampton.