Newcastle United have seamlessly moved away from the relegation places in the Premier League standings, and may be targeting a top half finish based on the form that they have been in over recent weeks. The hosts will be looking to bounce back after suffering a big defeat in their latest fixture.
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Two of the most in-form sides in the second half of the Premier League season clash on Thursday evening at St Mary’s. Many would have expected to see both Newcastle and Southampton struggle this season, but both sides are hoping to challenge for a place in the top half of the standings this season.
The Saints have enjoyed an excellent campaign to this point, as they sit in ninth place after 27 rounds of fixtures. Southampton has lost just eight times in the games that they have played, which is the fewest of the sides sitting eighth and below in the standings.
However, they will be looking to respond this week, as they were easily beaten in their latest fixture. It was potentially their worst performance of the season at the weekend, as they were easily beaten 4-0 by Aston Villa on the road.
Eddie Howe has done an excellent job at Newcastle United since taking over from Steve Bruce. Certainly he has been given a helping hand with the cash injection into the squad, but he has still done excellent at building the team. Just a couple of months ago, the Toon were cut adrift at the bottom of the standings.
However, they come into this fixture sitting 14th in the league standings, and have won four of their previous five games in the English top-flight. Their latest win was a 2-1 success against Brighton, with Ryan Fraser and Fabian Schar scoring the goals in the win.
Southampton vs Newcastle United Head to Head
The overall record between the sides is very close in recent weeks. Newcastle and Southampton have both picked up six wins each in the previous 17 meetings. However, the Magpies have won four of the previous six. Their latest away win at St Mary’s came in March 2020.
Southampton vs Newcastle United Prediction
The recent defeat for Southampton is a slight worry coming into this fixture. Therefore, we would be keen to side with Newcastle, who have been in excellent form since the turn of the year. We expect to see them get another victory to move further clear of the drop zone.
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