Newcastle United vs Southampton | Premier League | 5:30pm Saturday 20th April | St James’ Park, Newcastle
Newcastle and Southampton’s Premier League safety is sort of secure when necessary wins over Leicester and Wolves severally.
However, Manchester City’s 2-0 success over relegation-threatened urban center on Mon night implies that there’s lots to play for below the lights at St. James’ Park on Saturday evening.
The Magpies presently sit in fifteenth, seven points on top of the relegation and 2 points earlier than their guests from the South Coast.
They’ve vie one game over the Saints and a win for Hasenhüttl’s facet would see them leapfrog their hosts.
Newcastle took a giant step towards holding their Premier League standing with a 1-0 success over a resurgent Leicester last day out.
Ayoze Perez scored his initial away league goal of the season with a glancing half header and also the Magpies control firm to secure all 3 points in an exceedingly model away performance.
The European has been directly concerned in four of their last six league goals (three goals, one assist), rating 3 of their last 5.
But it’s the diminutive frontman’s forward partner UN agency has affected for the Toon this season.
On loan West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon has been a revelation since his move from the Black Country in August,
rating 9 Premier League goals similarly as providing 5 assists from twenty six starts.
Doubts stay over whether or not port will meet the £16.5m unharness clause within the summer
however what’s sure enough is that the Venezuelan has become the heartbeat of Benitez’s port team.
Newcastle have no new injury problems ahead of the visit of Southampton.
Florian Lejeune has had surgery on the knee ligaments he ruptured earlier this month, and Sean Longstaff is another long-term absentee with a knee injury.
Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard is a doubt with a groin problem but Yan Valery is fit after a thigh injury.
Alex McCarthy, Matt Targett and Charlie Austin should overcome minor niggles but Saturday may be too soon for Mario Lemina after his abdominal injury.
However, the midfielder has returned to training and is expected to feature before the end of the season.
Newcastle have only lost one of their past 13 Premier League home games against Southampton (W9, D3).
However, Saints have won 15 Premier League matches against Newcastle, more than versus any other team.
Southampton’s only defeat in the past nine meetings came at St James’ Park last season.
Newcastle United vs Southampton at Premier League on Saturday 5:30 pm on 20th of April 2019 at St James’ Park, Newcastle.
TV, online and live stream coverage
The match will be televised live on BT Sport 3. BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.
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