Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl says his team will carry plenty of self-confidence into Sunday's match with Newcastle United, as they aim for a third Premier League win in a row.
Saints climbed out of the relegation zone earlier this week, following back-to-back home victories over Watford and Norwich, and they are now looking to complete a perfect week when they visit St James' Park to visit a Newcastle side who are also in good form, having drawn with Manchester City and beaten Sheffield United in their last two outings.
ralph hasenhüttlnow we have a chance to make a third win in a row.
Hasenhüttl, whose side lost 3-1 away to the Magpies last season, said: "In the last away game against Arsenal it was nearly a win, a good result for us, and we must go there with self-confidence, but also knowing that last season we lost there and we want to do it better.
"It was important we took the three points at home – that's two times in a row now, and we have not had back-to-back wins in the Premier League very often.
"Now we have a chance to make a third win now, which we haven't done so far since I've been here, and we must go there with the same behaviour and workload. We can do this three times a week, and we have to show it."
With so many games in a short space of time, Hasenhüttl explained the key to finishing off the week on a high note will be recovering well from the games against Watford and Norwich.
"I think in the end it's about getting fresh and a good recovery now," he said. "You don't have so much time and so many sessions to prepare for the next opponent, but in the end it's about getting the players fresh in the mind and in the legs and if we have this then we are ready to make again an intense game at the weekend."