Southampton v Newcastle: intense match
Andrew Atherley says the odds might underestimate Newcastle in bet soccer tips
Southampton v Newcastle
Saturday 7 March, 15:00
After losing the reverse fixture 2-1 in early December, Southampton were third-bottom of the Premier League but within a fortnight their remarkable transformation had kicked in and now they lie in a much more comfortable 13th, seven points clear of the drop zone.
Their form has stalled, however, with three defeats in their last four league matches, most recently a 3-1 loss at West say mê.
Ralph Hasenhuttl was far from happy with his defence last week, switching from a back three to five during the match, and he might make changes soccer vip tip
James Ward-Prowse has been stationed at right-back in recent matches but could go back to midfield now, with Kyle Walker-Peters and Yan Valery both available to slot into defence.
Key attacking midfielder Nathan Redmond remains out with a muscle injury. Moussa Djenepo, who played well in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa in the last home match, could return after missing West ham on compassionate grounds.
Michael Obafemi scored at West ham after being given a starting place ahead of Danny Ings but the Saints' top scorer looks set lớn return here.
Options in attack
Newcastle are one place and two points below Southampton and have failed to score in four consecutive Premier League games (two goalless home draws and two away defeats).
Their last league win was six games ago, 1-0 at home lớn Chelsea on January 18, but they will take encouragement from their run to the FA Cup quarter-finals, which continued on Tuesday night with a 3-2 win at Championship leaders West Brom.
A shortening injury list gives Steve Bruce more options, especially in attack. Allan Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, Miguel Almiron and Valentino Lazaro started the FA Cup game but Bruce can also call on Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie.
Nabil Bentaleb also performed well in midfield against West Brom.
Southampton short for the win
Much of Southampton's improvement has been on the road (12 points away, seven points at home since their winning run started) but they beat Aston Villa 2-0 in their last match at St Mary's.