Newcastle United and Southampton will look to continue their strong form when they clash at St James’ Park on Sunday.
Steve Bruce’s men have lost just two of their last eight Premier League games, taking four points from Man Utd and Man City along the way and lifting themselves to 11th in the table in the process.
Things are looking equally promising for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men, who have recovered from a damaging loss to Everton by taking seven points from three games, leapfrogging the Toffees in the table and sneaking out of the relegation zone.
Which club can keep up the feel-good factor? Read on for our Newcastle United v Southampton preview, prediction, team news and TV coverage information.
When is Newcastle vs Southampton and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: St James’ Park
Date: Sunday, 8 December 2019
Kick-off: 2:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): N/A
Last five meetings: Newcastle vs Southampton
20 Apr 2019: Newcastle 3-1 Southampton (Premier League)
27 Oct 2018: Southampton 0-0 Newcastle (Premier League)
10 Mar 2018: Newcastle 3-0 Southampton (Premier League)
15 Oct 2017: Southampton 2-2 Newcastle (Premier League)
09 Apr 2016: Southampton 3-1 Newcastle (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Newcastle (WDWDL) 9-6 Southampton (LDLDW)
Ones to watch
Newcastle United: Jonjo Shelvey
Newcastle’s recent upturn has coincided with Jonjo Shelvey’s return to form. The England international has been among the goals and leading by example for Bruce’s side.
The former Charlton and Liverpool midfielder has been firing in screamers once again, while his aggression and distribution is key in the middle of the park for the Magpies.
Key stat: Three of Shelvey’s four Premier League goals this season have come in his last five appearances.
Southampton: Danny Ings
Given their low placing in the table, it’s no surprise to see Southampton struggling for goals but while Danny Ings is on the pitch, they’ll always possess a threat.
The former Liverpool man already has eight goals this season and has played a key role in some of Saints’ recent positive results.
Key stat: Danny Ings is responsible for 47% of Southampton’s Premier League goals this season; only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (48 per cent) and Teemu Pukki (50 per cent) have contributed a higher share of their team’s goal tally this season.
Joelinton is likely to return with Bruce unlikely to risk Andy Carroll from the start twice in the same week.
Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie remain injured, while DeAndre Yedlin and Florian Lejeune are doubts.
Predicted XI: Dubravka; Krafth, Fernandez, Clark, Dummett, Willems; Almiron, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin; Joelinton.
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Stuart Armstrong remains sidelined, while Sofiane Boufal remains doubtful
Hasenhuttl is unlikely to disturb his line-up too much given Southampton’s recent upturn in form.
Predicted XI: McCarthy; Soares, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand; Djenepo, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Redmond; Ings, Long.
A run of just two defeats in eight has lifted Newcastle to 11th in the table and showed there is life in Bruce’s side after all. Back-to-back wins for Southampton has lifted them out of the bottom three but Hasenhuttl will likely settle for a point away from home.
Scoreline prediction: Newcastle 0-0 Southampton