101 Great Goals prediction: Southampton 2-2 Newcastle United
The Saints have so far faced a somewhat tricky, transitional period amid the arrival of new manager Mauricio Pellegrino.
Southampton head into matchweek 8 off the back of two consecutive defeats.
Pellegrino’s side have struggled for goals with only four sides managing more goals than their four.
Opposition Newcastle, on the other hand, can be delighted with their start to the new season as they sit just three points outside of the top four.
Rafa Benitez will be hoping his side can follow up their impressive display in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool with another good performance on Sunday.
Southampton v Newcastle betting tips
Southampton are clear favourites for the win at 5/6. Newcastle are 16/5 with the bookies.
Draw at half-time and Southampton to win at full-time is an attractive looking 15/4.
Joselu to follow up his goal against Liverpool and score anytime, is 11/5.
Southampton: Struggling for goals
Southampton have failed to find a source of goals so far this season, managing just four goals in seven games.
On four occasions this season, Southampton have failed to find the back of the net.
Forwards Charlie Austin, Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long have only managed two goals between them.
Last season, Saints faced similar struggles in terms of a shortage of goals, failing to score in five of their last six games.
Pellegrino’s side, in most matches, have enjoyed a large majority of the possession, however, when in front of goal they have been toothless.
This is an issue they must resolve, especially as they come up against an in-form Jamaal Lascelles and co.
The 23-year-old captain enjoyed an incredible September.
The central-defender was nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month award.
Lascelles is the youngest captain in Premier League history.
During September, Lascelles scored twice, helped to keep one clean sheet and captained his side to two victories.
Playing with great maturity for his age, Newcastle’s captain will certainly prove to be an extremely difficult barrier to break down for Southampton on Sunday.
Southampton team news v Newcastle United
Only Matt Targett will miss the visit of Newcastle United on Sunday through injury.
Virgil van Dijk is expected to feature with his saga appearing to be over, for now.
Newcastle United team news v Southampton
Christian Atsu is expected to be fit after recovering from a knock.
Should Atsu be fit, Paul Dummett will be the only absentee for Newcastle.