Newcastle vs Southampton

Newcastle vs Southampton Live : Neither Newcastle vs Southampton are mathematically safe and Tyneside remains reluctantly gripped by whether Rafael Benítez will stay Here on SofaScore livescore you can find all Newcastle United vs Southampton previous results sorted by their H2H matches.

Both Newcastle and Southampton have the chance to all but secure Premier League safety with a win on Saturday as the Saints travel to St. James Park, live on NBC at 12:30 p.m. ET or live online at NBCSports.com.

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Southampton has turned a corner under Ralph Hassenhuttl, with eight wins in his first 18 games in charge – as many as the previous two managers put together in 52 league matches. The Saints now sit five points above the relegation zone, and with Cardiff City taking on Liverpool on Sunday, the time is ripe for Southampton to pull away. A victory over Newcastle and a Cardiff City loss would put the Saints eight points clear of the drop, leaving their magic point total for safety at just one over the last three matches.

Hassenhuttl could be without regular defender Jannik Vestergaard who has a groin injury, but otherwise the injury news is light. Midfielder Mario Lemina may not be ready to go from his abdominal injury, having missed all of 2019 so far, but the other injured players in Alex McCarthy, Matt Targett and Charlie Austin are all reportedly ready to go.

Newcastle, on the other hand, can mathematically secure its safety with a win and a Liverpool result, and even a draw will put the hosts in a fantastic position. Sitting two points above Southampton and seven above the drop, there’s plenty of uncertainty surrounding manager Rafa Benitez, but they look set to earn Premier League play next season. The Magpies saw their three-match winless run come to an end last time out with a win over Leicester City, but still they have limped down the stretch with just seven points in six Premier League matches since the beginning of March. They too have good injury news, with just the long-term injuries to Florian Lejune and Sean Longstaff the only players struggling coming into the match.

What they’re saying

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez on Newcastle’s relegation battle: “I said 38 points [would be enough] a long time ago. Cardiff have won a couple of games [since then], and now it’s even more important for us to win another game, be sure everything is fine and then we can start thinking about how high we can go.”

Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhuttl on Southampton’s relegation battle: “We have been speaking about the 40 points and therefore we need four more. The good thing is I don’t have the feeling my team is leaning back, they stay focused. Although it is a long season so far, I have a feeling they are very hungry, they want to hunt and take more points. That is a good signal for me.”

Prediction

Home field advantage is massive in these games, and Newcastle will relish having the backing of the home fans. Southampton, however, comes into this game in better form, and will be more motivated to earn points to build the gap. The Saints should come away with a 2-0 win in an exciting game between two scrappy teams.

Newcastle United will look to seal their place in the Premier League in front of their own fans.

It was a 0-0 draw on the South Coast that helped post a vital point on the board earlier in the season but United can finish the job now.

Rafa Benitez will warn his side about complacency after the 1-0 win at Leicester City last Friday.

Lee Ryder’s prediction

I think Newcastle will take the three points here against a Saints side who are haunted by the prospect of the drop.

Even though Cardiff have it all to do, Southampton know they can still get sucked in and won’t be able to relax too much as they focus on taking at least a point.

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But with the tension eased I think United will find their form here at St James’ Park and pick up an impressive home win.

Referee (Anthony Taylor)

Last seen in charge of a United game at Arsenal for the 2-0 defeat earlier this month.

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United to win at 29/20.

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