Rafa Benitez celebrates Newcastle win over Stoke

Newcastle vs Southampton predictions: Premier League preview & line-ups

101 Great Goals prediction: Newcastle 2-2 Southampton

Newcastle to draw 2-2 with Southampton is 14/1 with Paddy Power

Newcastle have the third worst home form in the Premier League this season but they are yet to lose at St James’ Park thus far in 2018.

On Saturday, they take on Southampton, a team who are a single point and position below them in the table.

Southampton are unbeaten away from home in their last 4 matches.

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Newcastle are just about favourites to win this game, at 8/5.

Southampton, meanwhile, are 9/5, with the draw at 2/1.

Kenedy is 10/1 to score the first goal and 9/2 to notch anytime.

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Shane Long finally scores

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 02: Shane Long of Southampton celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Crystal Palace at St Mary’s Stadium on January 2, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Newcastle vs Southampton match preview

Both teams are fighting for their lives as we enter the last few games of the season.

Newcastle fans will be praying that their side doesn’t drop straight back into the Championship.

Newcastle have been pretty impressive since the turn of the year, losing only to Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League.

The problem for Rafa Benitez’s men this season has been ruthlessness. Newcastle have conceded 40 goals this season and let go of leads on far too many occasions including most recently at Bournemouth.

The two sides last met back in October and Southampton twice came from behind to earn a point at St Mary’s.

Southampton have lost just once in their 10 matches so far in 2018. That defeat came at the hands of Liverpool which was expected.

Both sides have the ability to stay in the league this season and realistically, neither side is better than the other on paper. However a point doesn’t suit either side as wins are absolutely essential at this stage in the campaign.

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Newcastle team news

Jesus Gamez, Jonjo Shelvey and Islam Slimani are all ruled out of action this weekend for The Magpies.

Shelvey in particular is a massive loss for Newcastle as he would certainly control the midfield. Slimani’s absence means that Dwight Gayle is likely to start up top once again for Newcastle.

Southampton team news

Mayo Yoshida and Charlie Austin are ruled out of Southampton’s trip up north this weekend whilst midfield veteran Steven Davis is a serious doubt for the trip.

Guido Carillo is still searching for his first goal in English football. He is likely to lead the line for the Saints this weekend.

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Newcastle likely line-up vs Southampton

Southampton likely line-up vs Newcastle

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