In an all-important relegation six-pointer, Newcastle United will host Southampton at St James’ Park on Saturday.
The Magpies find themselves in a precarious situation as they have picked up just one win their last seven league games. They are placed 16th in the table with 29 points, which puts them just a couple of points clear of the bottom three.
In their last game, Newcastle lost 2-0 at Liverpool. However, in their last home game, they had pulled a shocker by defeating Manchester United 1-0.
Rafa Benitez must be hoping for a similar performance in front of the home crowd, but the Saints will be desperate to not lose this game.
Southampton have drawn too many games this season, and that has put them under the threat of relegation. They are currently placed 17th with 28 points, which means that even a draw on Saturday could see them slip back in to the bottom three.
Southampton will come into this game after picking up consecutive draws against Burnley and Stoke City. The Saints have lost only one of their last seven games, but five draws in this run haven’t helped them.
Earlier this season, both sides played a 2-2 draw at St Mary’s Stadium.
Newcastle United vs Southampton – Match Facts
Southampton have drawn 13 games this season which is most in the league.
The Saints have picked up just one win in their last 16 games.
The Magpies are without a win in their last seven league meetings with the Saints. 3D 4L
Newcastle United vs Southampton – Team News
The hosts are without Jesus Gamez, Islam Slimani and Jonjo Shelvey for this fixture.
Charlie Austin and Maya Yoshida are sidelined, and Steven Davis is a doubt for the visitors.
Newcastle United vs Southampton – Match Odds
Newcastle are slight favourites to win, and they are available at their best odds of 7/4 at BetVictor. The Saints are available at 19/10 odds at Unibet.
This game has a draw written all over it, and we are going with the same as our prediction. This bet is available at 11/5 odds at William Hill.
Newcastle United vs Southampton – Correct Score Odds
A 1-1 draw is the most probable outcome in the betting market, and we are going with the same as our prediction. This bet is available at the best odds of 11/2 at Bet365.
Newcastle United vs Southampton – Anytime Goalscorer Odds
Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle is the favourite to score in the game, and he is available at his best odds of 23/10 at Unibet. We are backing Gayle as our prediction in this game.
For the visitors, Manolo Gabbiadini is available at 5/2 odds at Betfair. January-signing Guido Carrillo is available at 13/5 odds at Unibet.
Newcastle United vs Southampton – Total Goals Over/Under Odds
Both sides have struggled to score goals this season, so we don’t expect a high-scoring game on Saturday. We are going with under 2.5 goals as our prediction, and this bet is available at the best odds of 4/6 at Betfred.