It’s fair to say that Southampton have had an unconvincing start to the season under new manager Mauricio Pellegrino. The saints are currently sitting in 12th position in the league and have desperately struggled to score goals with five in seven matches. For some reason their strikers haven’t really got going yet and Charlie Austin, Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long have only netted twice between them. It isn’t like the Saints have been outplayed, though, in most matches they have enjoyed the majority of possession without being able to find that little bit of quality in the final third. There seems to be a problem at St Mary’s as Pellegrino’s men have failed to score in eight of their last nine Premier League games at the stadium. With their ability to be quite tight at the back, this has resulted in a few games lacking in terms of entertainment and it looks likely that we could be in for another close, low scoring game on Sunday.
After a bad start to the season, in which Newcastle lost their first three games in all competitions, they now find themselves just three points outside the top four. Rafa Benitez’s men were impressive last time out in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool that was testimonial of their improving defence. This is largely to do with 23-year-old Jamaal Lascelles who was nominated for September Player of the Month award and is the youngest ever Premier League captain. The Englishman plays with great maturity for his age and will mean his side will be difficult to break down on Sunday for a Southampton team struggling for goals. One concern, however, is the Magpies’ form away from home having lost two of their three fixtures and scoring only one goal that was good enough to beat Swansea City.
Newcastle haven’t taken a point from the South coast since the Saints’ return to the top flight, and with both teams having their strengths in the defensive department, it could make for a very tight game that could be decided by the odd goal. Event date and time are subject to change – these changes are not connected to but to the official organizer – you are advised to check occasionally the correct date and time and make your personal arrangements for attending the match on the new date and time. We are sorry but no refunds can be made for rescheduled matches – tickets will be valid to the new date and time. The categories used by.
Southampton will face Newcastle United this weekend, in gameweek 8 of the Premier League, at the St.Mary’s stadium on Sunday. The Saints, under new manager Mauricio Pellegrino, have endured a mixed start to the league and sit 12th in the league table after 7 games, accumulating 8 points so far, with 2 wins, 3 defeats and 2 draws. They come into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat away at Stoke City, which was prior to the international break. Pellegrino will be hoping his team finish as the winners this time around at least, against Rafael Benitez’s tricky Newcastle side.