Southampton entertain Newcastle United on Saturday with both teams looking to push themselves away from the Premier League drop zone.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men go into matchday 29 on the back of three defeats across their last four league outings.
The Magpies, meanwhile, are on a five-match winless streak that leaves them sitting just five points above the relegation zone.
Read on for our preview of Southampton vs Newcastle, including predictions, team news and TV coverage information.
When is Southampton vs Newcastle and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: St Mary’s Stadium
Date: Saturday, 07 March 2020
Kick-off: 3:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): N/A
Last five meetings: Southampton vs Newcastle
08 December 2019: Newcastle 2-1 Southampton (Premier League)
20 April 2019: Newcastle 3-1 Southampton (Premier League)
27 October 2018: Southampton 0-0 Newcastle (Premier League)
10 March 2018: Newcastle 3-0 Southampton (Premier League)
15 October 2017: Southampton 2-2 Newcastle (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Southampton (LLDLD) 4-10 Newcastle (WWDWD)
Ones to watch
Southampton: Danny Ings
Danny Ings’ introduction last weekend at West Ham was too little too late. His omission from the Saints starting lineup raised a few eyebrows, and unless something unforeseen takes place, expect their leading marksman to be there from the onset against Newcastle, as Hasenhuttl’s men look to return to winning ways.
Key stat: Only Marcus Rashford (10) and Mohamed Salah (13) have scored more home goals in the Premier League than Danny Ings (8) this season.
Newcastle: Allan Saint-Maximin
He may have registered just one goal in 17 league appearances this season, but Allan Saint-Maximin is starting to hit his stride on the flanks. Heading into this weekend’s game, the French forward will no doubt be in buoyant mood following his two assists in Newcastle’s FA Cup win over West Brom.
Key stat: Allan Saint-Maximin has completed the most take-ons (73) by any Newcastle player in the Premier League this season.
Nathan Redmond (groin) is ruled out, whilst there are doubts over Moussa Djenepo’s involvement. Danny Ings, who initially began on the bench at West Ham last weekend, should start here.
Predicted XI: McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg; Armstrong, Boufal; Ings, Long.
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No fewer than six players are out for Newcastle this week. Andy Carroll (groin), Emil Krafth (ankle), Ciaran Clark (ankle), Jack Colback (knee), Paul Dummett (thigh) and Jetro Willems (knee) are out.
Predicted XI: Dubravka; Manquillo, Fernandez, Lascelles, Rose; Hayden, Shelvey; Ritchie, Almiron, Saint-Maximin; Gayle.
Newcastle’s tepid away form of late should give Southampton encouragement this weekend. That being said, with both teams expected to be cautious, we expect this to be a close affair with the Saints narrowly edging it.