Southampton v Newcastle United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Southampton v Newcastle United

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Saturday, March 7, 2020


St Mary’s Stadium

Punter's Pick

Southampton start as heavy favourites but we feel the odds for Newcastle getting something out of this game are generous. A ‘Draw or Newcastle’ market is currently priced at 6/5 with Bet365 and with Newcastle winning the reverse fixture 2-1, the Magpie’s will certainly feel confident of avoiding defeat in this one. Both sides have some big strong players in defence and midfield with there likely to be plenty of challenges flying about making the 4/5 on over 2.5 cards also likely to come in.

Southampton welcome Newcastle United to St Mary’s in a clash between two teams that are still dangerously close to the relegation zone. Both have produced some impressive performances this season and shown enough to survive. However a run of poor form could pull either back into the relegation equation and both will be desperate to get closer to the 40 point mark after this one.

Southampton come into this game in poor form having won just one of their last six competitive games. The run has included four losses and and exit from the FA Cup and Ralph Hasenhuttl will be conscious that the gap he enjoys from the bottom three is just seven points. It has been an alarming dip in form triggered by a heavy 4-0 loss to Liverpool with Burnley and West Ham both winning in recent weeks. At times the form of Danny Ings has papered over some of the cracks and they were unable to keep up with a rampant West Ham last time out. The manager will need to ensure complacency hasn’t crept in too early as the team have visibly shown when they are eager and hungry to perform well earlier in the season with the intensity slightly lacking in recent times. The team may revert to playing Ings and Long from the start again as they enable the rest of the team to sit deep with the option of going long once play breaks down.

Newcastle have been solid if not spectacular recently and have drawn five out of their last eight competitive games. The team has had many standout results this season such as wins over Chelsea and Manchester United and the last gasp draw against champions City. However goals have eluded them and they last scored two or more in a game at the back end of January. Much of the approach has been down to Steve Bruce not wanting to open up and be too expansive, relying on the pace of Allan Saint-Maximin to get the team further up the pitch. Joelinton has struggled since his arrival and Miguel Almiron also has not produced the goals despite their big fees. The manager also will not feel comfortable with just a five point gap between his team and the drop zone but the Magpies have shown enough throughout the season to avoid the drop, especially as they are proving hard to break down and beat, enabling them to consistently pick up points.

Southampton will look to welcome back Moussa Djenepo who returns after a family bereavement however Stuart Armstrong misses out after suffering concussion and Will Smallbone is out with illness. Danny Ings will be pushing for a starting place having been on the bench against West Ham last time out.

Newcastle will be buoyed by the news that Allan Saint-Maximin got through without any issues on his return. Long-term absentee Javi Manquillo returned but this game may be too much for him having played in recent games.

Punter's Pick

Southampton start as heavy favourites but we feel the odds for Newcastle getting something out of this game are generous. A ‘Draw or Newcastle’ market is currently priced at 6/5 with Bet365 and with Newcastle winning the reverse fixture 2-1, the Magpie’s will certainly feel confident of avoiding defeat in this one. Both sides have some big strong players in defence and midfield with there likely to be plenty of challenges flying about making the 4/5 on over 2.5 cards also likely to come in.

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