Southampton hosts Newcastle United in round 21 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Thursday, March 10th at St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton)
Southampton is on the ninth line in the Premier League standings with 35 points after 27 games. Last weekend, a seven-match unbeaten streak of the Saints was interrupted: they unexpectedly lost to Aston Villa away with an indecent 4-0 score. Moreover, they could concede much more, but the goalkeeper Fraser Forster made several brilliant saves. Before that, Southampton defeated West Ham in the FA Cup 1/8 finals and dealt with Norwich and Everton in the Premier League. The goal difference of the Saints is 34-41. Midfielder James Ward-Prowse, who upset the opponents’ goalkeepers seven times, is the soloist in the attack. Albanian striker Armando Broja and Scottish midfielder Charlie Adams scored 13 goals for two. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, as well as defenders Lyanko and Nathan Tella, are in the infirmary of Southampton.
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Newcastle got out of the relegation zone, which the fans of the club have been waiting for. Now the Magpies are in 14th place with a 7- point gap from Burnley. In the last six games, they gained five victories and one draw — excellent results for a recent outsider! Last Saturday, Newcastle dealt with Brighton at home (2-1). Before that, the Black and Whites defeated Everton, Leeds, and Brentford. They made it thanks to a strong winter reinforcement. In January, Newcastle was strengthened by Atlético defender Kieran Trippier, Burnley forward Chris Wood, and Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. Due to injuries, Jamal Lewis, Isaac Hayden, Callum Wilson, and Kieran Trippier will not take part in the upcoming game. But the team managed to gain positive results even without them since the bench allows the coaching staff to painlessly replace players.
Newcastle and Southampton have already crossed paths in the current national championship, and their head-to-head match ended in a 2-2 draw. In general, games between these clubs often turn out to be productive: they exchanged goals scored in four of the last six confrontations. The Saints sensationally stumbled in the last round, and now they are eager to vindicate themselves in front of the home audience for the fiasco in Birmingham. The Magpies are no longer an outsider of the league, and they looked very good in the attack in previous rounds. We think that the teams will exchange goals at St. Mary’s Stadium.