Reasons for Southampton vs Newcastle United Tip
Southampton is hosting Newcastle United at St. Mary’s. We are upon one of the toughest game in this round, and probably the one with the biggest influence of tactics on it. Mauricio Pellegrino and Rafa Benitez are known to have pretty deep and detailed approach to each game. Someone might say that this game will for sure produce a low number of goals. But the history of this matchup tells us quite the opposite.
More about this will be in the next few paragraphs.
The referee will be Kevin Friend.
The first thing which you can notice when examining Southampton’s results is low efficiency. You will be probably astonished when we tell you the information that Southampton failed to score 8 times in previous 9 games at home. It is something entirely unbelievable for a Premier League member. All those games ended under 2.5 goals. Overall, 6 of their most recent 8 matches finished without both teams to score. One other pretty disappointing data is that Southampton has three straight games at home which they lost. Shane Long is doubtful for this one, while on the other hand, Matt Targett will be unavailable.
Newcastle United Preview
The Magpies haven’t won in 13 of the previous 14 away games in the Premiership. Regarding the recent times, after three straight wins, Newcastle recorded one defeat and a draw. But when looking games away from St James Park, we can conclude that they were pretty tough matches. All of them ended with exactly one goal scored and because of this Newcastle United is one of the most undesirable opponents at your turf. They often defend with all 10 players behind the ball, waiting for the counter attacks and slowing the game as much as possible. There have been some rumors that Jonjo Shelvey and Christian Atsu might skip this game, but nothing is confirmed still, and they should be available. Matthew Ritchie and Paul Dummett will be unavailable.
Southampton vs Newcastle United Head to Head
Now the interesting part comes. All of the last 5 games ended with over 2.5 goals. 4 of them even reached the limit of 4 goals. So this is something very confusing for all the punters. It seems that the teams inspire each other when they clash.
In the past 16 league meetings at St Mary’s, Newcastle has only one victory, while, on the other hand, Southampton has 12.
Southampton vs Newcastle United Prediction and Betting Tips
We are aware of the fact that the recent form is suggesting something else, but we would go with over 2.5 goals in Sunday’s event. It is almost an unwritten rule or Murphy’s Law that when two teams with top defenses meet, a high number of goals happens in the end.
Also, to fully back up our prediction, the second bet is going to be both teams to score. The odds are high, and as we know the tradition is crucial in England, and therefore we have to respect it.