Newcastle United are set to face Southampton, currently fifth on the EPL table, tomorrow at St. Mary’s Stadium.
After securing an upset win over Everton last week, Newcastle United will try to take down another top-five side when they face Southampton tomorrow. The Saints are unbeaten in their last five matches with four wins in that stretch. Now, they look to secure their first win vs. the Magpies since 2016.
Player to Watch
Newcastle United: Ryan Fraser
He’s been one of the players that the Toon Army has clamored to see more of early on this season. When he’s had a chance to play, he’s showcased the skills that we expected to see from him: quickness, vision, and playmaking. Fraser has earned a start from Steve Bruce and if he gets it, his ability to break on the counter and set up his teammates could be a big boost.
Southampton: Che Adams
With Danny Ings out, Adams will have to carry more of the weight in the attack. The 24-year-old has two goals and two assists in Premier League play thus far, and while he won’t be expected to match Ings completely, he will need to step up and do more for the Saints.
NUFC Injury Update
Steve Bruce confirmed that everyone (outside of Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie who are recovering from surgeries) is good to go. Matty Longstaff, Ciaran Clark, and Paul Dummett all were in training this week.
Newcastle United will win if…
They can avoid making this a firefight. Southampton scores a lot of goals and also concedes a lot of goals, but Newcastle shouldn’t simply try to outgun them. Without Ings, So’ton will be missing their most dangerous attacking player. Newcastle should be responsible defensively (that doesn’t mean sit ten men behind the ball, either) and try to beat them on the counter-attack.