Rafa Benitez has just announced the Newcastle team to play against Southampton this afternoon at St. James’ Park.
A win would almost certainly make Newcastle safe in the Premier League and would take us up to 41 points for the season, only 3 short of what we amassed last season.
Rafa Benitez – confident Newcastle manager
As expected Rafa has named the same side that started in the fabulous 1-0 win at Leicester City eight days ago.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) April 20, 2019
This is what Benitez told the Chronicle today about the game:
“We all share the feeling I think – maybe we are safe, maybe.”
“I thought that 38 points would be enough, but the reality is Cardiff won their last game and now Cardiff, Southampton, and Brighton still in the mix.”
“It is not very clear.” “What is the best way to clarify the situation?”
“To get three points against Southampton.” “Every game you get points it’s easier to get to safety.”
“But in the mean time we can’t sit around wondering what others will do, we have to do our job.”
Southampton are in-form at the moment and have won three of their previous four games, with the one they lost being at home to high-flying Liverpool.
A decent 64% of fans think we can win this game this afternoon.
We hope they are right about that!