Can Newcastle carry the momentum from Tuesday’s FA Cup win to St Mary’s on Saturday? The FA Cup victory provided Magpie fans with some entertaining football as well as some excellent goals. Those have been in short supply in the Premier League of late.
Steve Bruce was reluctantly forced to loosen the chains against Burnley as he switched to a back four to add another player in attack. The result of which was an improved performance. However, it was against West Brom that we saw the potential this new system has.
Newcastle need to build on their performance to get back on track in the league where we’ve floundered over the past few months. Now we’ll face a Southampton side that sits just one place and two points above us in the league.
Newcastle won the home fixture 2-1 with a dramatic finish from Federico Fernandez. That was also the match where we lost Allan Saint-Maximin to his second hamstring injury. Both clubs’ fortunes began to change after that match.
The Saints picked up some steam during the holiday fixtures going unbeaten in five games earning 13 of a possible 15 points. That saw them fly by Newcastle in the league as our form took a drastic turn downward during the festive period.
Southampton have cooled off a bit losing 3 of their last 4 in the league, including a 3-1 loss to West Ham last weekend. Meanwhile, we are still looking for our first league win since the smash and grab against Chelsea six weeks ago.
We’ve also failed to score in our last four, as many fans are acutely aware of. The win on Tuesday will hopefully be the spark to set us off on a run up the table.
How Will Newcastle Fare Against Southampton On Saturday?
- Win (45%, 703 )
- Loss (29%, 458 )
- Draw (26%, 405 )
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