Preview - Newcastle vs Southampton March 10 2018

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Mar 10, 2018, 03:14 AM Last Edit: Mar 10, 2018, 05:45 AM by Harry85
Match Day 30
Newcastle United vs. Southampton
Saturday, March 10th, 2018
23:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St James' Park

Newcastle United: 
Last five matches form: D D W D L
Average goals per match: 0.9
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Dwight Gayle (5)

Last five matches form: W L W D D
Average goals per match: 1.0
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Charlie Austin (6)

In terms of who stays and who goes come the end of the season, matches don't come much bigger than Saturday's offering from St James' Park. Currently sitting in 16th and 17th respectively, just one point separates Newcastle and Southampton, with the Saints just one point above the dreaded drop zone.

Goals continue to be a problem for Rafa Benitez's side, with an average of less than a goal per home game never likely to get the job done. One goal was enough in their most recent home game against Manchester united though and the Magpies will be keen to invoke the spirit of that clash here. Brought in to remedy their striking woes, Islam Slimani is yet to take to the pitch and misses out again here. Key creative influence, Jonjo Shelvey faces a late fitness test.

Southmapton are in just about their most solid run of the season, losing only one of their last eight in the league. Top scorer Charlie Austin misses out once again, but the Saints have been amongst the goals on their travels in recent weeks, scoring six in their last three.

Southampton have not been great away from home this season, winning only twice. They do pick up their fare share of draws though, and with little to choose between these sides may do enough to earn a point.

Prediction: Newcastle United 1-1 Southampton


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots: 7 - 6
Shots on target: 5 - 2
Corner Kicks: 2 - 6
Possession: 37% - 63%

Wesley Hoedt and Jack Stephens were booked for Southampton, whilst the hosts kept there noses clean throughout.

Newcastle didn't do much business in the January transfer window, but we are beginning to see now why the Magpies pursued Kenedy for so long. Having looked dangerous since joining Newcastle on loan from Chelsea, the Brazilian got off the mark in black in white here, and it took him just 67 seconds.

Receiving the ball from an inspirational Jonjo Shelvey, Kenedy produced a bit of magic to leave his marker for dead before firing home. 1-0 before some fans had even made it to their seats.

27 minutes later Kenedy was at it again, this time finishing off a flowing team move involving Ayoze Perez and Dwight Gayle. 2-0 it stayed until the break with the Magpies seemingly in cruise control.

Any hopes Southampton had of getting back into this were dead and buried in the 57th minute. Shelvey was again involved, claiming his second assist of the afternoon when teeing up Matt Ritchie on the edge of the area. Ritchie finished with aplomb for his second goal in as many home games.

From there on in with the game in safe keeping, Newcastle sat back and allowed Southampton to attempt to break them down. They couldn't.

This was a simply massive result for Rafa Benitez's men. 32 points won't be enough to stay up, so they do still have work to do to stay up, but they have undoubtedly gone a long way to saving themselves with this win.

With Crystal Palace also losing, Southampton remain out of the bottom three for now, but only by one point and the Saints look to be in for a nerve shredding end to the season.

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