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Southampton vs Newcastle United
St Mary’s Stadium
Friday 6 November, 8pm GMT
Referee: Peter Bankes
Assistants: Neil Davies, James Mainwaring
Fourth official: Graham Scott
VAR: Chris Kavanagh
Assistant VAR: Sian Massey-Ellis
HOW TO WATCH
Saints fans can watch the game live on Sky Sports Premier League from 7:30pm or Sky Sports Main Event from 8pm. Supporters will need a Sky Sports subscription to watch the action from St Mary’s.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Saints continued their ascent up the Premier League table to fifth after extending the unbeaten run to five matches thanks to the 4-3 win over Aston Villa last weekend.
Three points against Newcastle, before other teams play, would put Ralph Hasenhüttl's side top of the Premier League on goal difference.
The Magpies sit two points behind in 11th, showing how tight the table is after seven games.
A 2-0 win against Everton gave them back to back wins and Steve Bruce’s side are so far unbeaten on the road in their three games this season.
Saints will be without key striker Danny Ings for up to six weeks, requiring surgery on a knee injury picked up in the win over Villa last Sunday.
Also, Ryan Bertrand is likely not to be risked with the upcoming international break giving the left-back a chance to fully recover from a hamstring injury.
There are also concerns over defender Jan Bednarek (neck) and Ibrahima Diallo (dead leg), adding to the hosts' injury woes.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has reported no new injury concerns as Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark and Matty Longstaff all come back into contention.
However, Jonjo Shelvey, Matt Ritchie and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka remain on the long-term injury list.
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “They (Newcastle) have tried lots of tactical variations so far, the shape is always changing.
“I think they have now found a shape but they are more stabilised, more compact, conceding not so many goals which is the key to taking more points.”
Steve Bruce: “Since the turn of the year, they’ve been in and around it. They’ve had a remarkable 12 months.
“The way they’ve all performed and turned it around, fair play to them. They’ve got a very, very good side, so it’s going to be a tough place to go, that’s for sure."
ONES TO WATCH
James Ward-Prowse: It’s been a great couple of weeks for the Saints captain after scoring three goals in two games and providing the assist for the opener against Villa last weekend.
His two free-kicks on Sunday helped Southampton to victory and the skipper will continue to be a key component if Saints are to reach the top of the Premier League on Friday evening.
Callum Wilson: The former Bournemouth striker joined Newcastle after the Cherries' relegation last season and has started strongly with six goals in eight games.
Four of those six goals have come in his last two games, with two coming from the penalty spot leaving him level in fifth with Harry Kane and Patrick Bamford in the top goalscorers chart.
Danny Ings 5
James Ward-Prowse 3
Ché Adams, Jannik Vestergaard 2
Danny Ings, Ché Adams, Stuart Armstrong 2
James Ward-Prowse, Kyle Walker-Peters, Theo Walcott 1
Callum Wilson 6
Jacob Murphy, Joelinton 2
Almiròn, Saint-Maximin, Hendrink, Lascelles, Fraser, Hayden, Shelvey 1
Miguel Almiròn 3
Wilson, Murphy, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin, Hendrick, Lascelles, Yedlin, Ritchie 1
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
March 2020: Saints 0-1 Newcastle
December 2019: Newcastle 2-1 Saints (Ings)
April 2019: Newcastle 3-1 Saints (Lemina)
October 2018: Saints 0-0 Newcastle
March 2018: Newcastle 3-0 Saints
DID YOU KNOW?
- Victory for Southampton would see them finish a day top of the Premier League for the very first time. Indeed, the last time Saints ended a day at the summit of the top-flight table was back in September 1988 under Chris Nicholl.
- Having lost their opening two league games this season, Southampton are now unbeaten in their last five (W4 D1). Saints are looking to secure three consecutive Premier League victories for the first time since May 2016 under Ronald Koeman.
Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse has been involved in four goals in his last two Premier League games (3 goals, 1 assist), more than he had in his previous 28 in the competition (1 goal, 2 assists). 32% of his Premier League goals have been from direct free-kicks (8/25); only two players have a higher such ratio with at least 25 goals scored – Seb Larsson, 42% (11/26) and Ian Harte, 36% (10/28).
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