After a rough start to life as Newcastle manager, Eddie Howe has really turned it around and the Magpies no longer look destined for relegation. Since losing 4-0 to Manchester City just before Christmas, Newcastle have gone eight games unbeaten in the Premier League to lift themselves up to 14th, seven points clear of the relegation zone.
Even if you look at the 1-0 defeat to Cambridge United in the FA Cup, which came as part of a six-match winless run across all competitions, Newcastle have won six of their past eight Premier League matches, only dropping points in draws against Watford and West Ham. The six wins have been big ones too, coming against those around them in the relegation battle, including Leeds and Everton. Only Liverpool have picked up more points from their past six Premier League matches than Newcastle but they won’t want to rest on their laurels.
On the other side of this fixture are a Southampton side that will be looking to bounce back from a heavy defeat at the weekend. Southampton find themselves in a bit of a strange position in the Premier League even with 11 games still to come, already unlikely to be in contention for European football but also safe from the relegation battle.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men are currently 14 points ahead of Burnley in the relegation zone but 10 off seventh which, if the FA Cup winners are already qualified for Europe, would be a route to the Europa Conference League. Southampton are still in the FA Cup, drawn against Manchester City in the quarter-finals, with their victory over West Ham in the fifth round coming as part of a seven-game unbeaten run across all competitions. However, they followed that up with a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Aston Villa, bringing them heavily back down to earth.
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Southampton vs Newcastle: Match Stats
Newcastle are the second-dirtiest team in the Premier League this season when it comes to yellow cards. Only Leeds (2.85) have averaged more yellow cards per game in the Premier League his season than Newcastle’s 2.35, while only Leeds and Everton have averaged more when just focussing on Eddie Howe’s reign. By contrast, Southampton average 1.78 yellow cards per match.
Despite Southampton’s heavy defeat at the weekend, they are in good form and will be looking to keep their run of 10 Premier League home matches without defeat going. Newcastle, meanwhile, are one of just two sides along with Liverpool yet to lose in the Premier League in 2022.
28 August 2021 – Newcastle 2-2 Southampton – Premier League
6 February 2021 – Newcastle 3-2 Southampton – Premier League
6 November 2020 – Southampton 2-0 Newcastle – Premier League
7 March 2020 – Southampton 0-1 Newcastle – Premier League
8 December 2019 – Newcastle 2-1 Southampton – Premier League
The previous meeting this season ended in a 2-2 draw and continued Southampton’s poor recent record in this fixture. Saints have managed just one win from the past nine meetings, losing five, having previously gone on a run of four wins from five over Newcastle.