Newcastle United have a good shot at claiming three more points against Southampton on Friday.
Newcastle United took advantage of Everton’s injury and suspension crises on Sunday as they cruised to a comfortable 2-1 victory at St. James’ Park. The first half was far from entertaining, but the Magpies woke up in the second half with two goals from summer signing Callum Wilson.
Everton were without Lucas Digne, Seamus Coleman, Richarlison, and James Rodriguez, which explains why Newcastle United took more chances offensively, but Steve Bruce’s men could be in for another lucky break on Friday.
Newcastle United will take on Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium later this week, but the high-flying Saints, who currently occupy fourth place in the standings, will most likely be without Danny Ings. The England international was forced off the pitch against Aston Villa after being involved in a knee collision. The Saints do not think Ings’ injury is severe, but he is not expected to suit up this week.
The former Liverpool man has become a notable name in the Premier League since his move to Southampton, and Newcastle United will be breathing a sigh of relief knowing that the dynamic striker will sit this one out.
Ings finished last season second in the Golden Boot race with 22 goals, and he already has five goals to his name this term. Southampton are heavily dependent on Ings as the England striker has scored 42% of the team’s goals since last season.
This news bodes well for Newcastle United, but it does not make them automatic favorites to claim three precious points. Southampton have seen more midfielders and defenders get on the scoresheet in recent weeks, and the Magpies need to be aware of the Saints’ diverse scoring options, especially during set pieces.