Match Pack: Saints vs Newcastle

By SFC Media time Wed 09 Mar Saints vs Newcastle United

Southampton host Newcastle on Thursday for the first of a St Mary's double-header in the Premier League this week. Get set for the clash with our Match Pack...

THE MATCH

Southampton vs Newcastle United
Premier League
St Mary’s Stadium
Thursday 10th March, 7.30pm GMT

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: Simon Beck, Eddie Smart
Fourth official: Graham Scott
VAR: Andre Marriner
Assistant VAR: Derek Eaton

WHICH KIT WILL SAINTS BE WEARING?

Saints will be in their traditional red and white striped home kit.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Southampton players  during the Premier League match between Southampton and Everton at St Mary's Stadium on February 19, 2022 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Saints will be back in their red and white home kit.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

The hosts will be keen to make Saturday’s heavy defeat at Aston Villa nothing more than a blip having suffered a first defeat in six matches.

Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side were well-beaten on the road but will return to home comforts, where they have won their last four in all competitions.

However, Newcastle arrive on the south coast in a rich vein of form themselves, unbeaten in the Premier League in 2022 and with two wins and a draw from their last three away trips.

Three points for Eddie Howe’s side could lift them 10 points clear of the drop depending on results elsewhere, while Saints could move within two points of Wolves in eighth.

TEAM NEWS

Mohammed Salisu will be assessed after returning to training earlier this week, although the game will come too soon for Nathan Tella who has also rejoined the team sessions.

Ralph Hasenhüttl otherwise has no fresh injury concerns, with Alex McCarthy and Lyanco longer-term absentees.

For the visitors, Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson remain out but Allan Saint-Maximin returned off the bench against Brighton on Saturday.

Isaac Hayden, Jamal Lewis and Matt Richie are major doubts, even though the latter has returned to training.

THE MANAGERS

Ralph Hasenhüttl: 
"I said at the time that it is a little bit strange now to concentrate on a game that you should have played two months ago against a completely different team.

But it is how it is. Theses are how things are changing, but this doesn't affect us."

Eddie Howe: "We’re looking for a performance and a result. They’ve done very well at home this season and that’s for a reason. They play an intense game out of possession. They’ve got some really good patterns of movement in possession. We need to be at our best."

ONES TO WATCH

James Ward-Prowse: Scoring on his last outing at St Mary's, the Saints captain is looking to score in a third consecutive game against Newcastle.

Never far from the heart of the action, Ward-Prowse's set-piece delivery, whether shooting or crossing, will once again prove a vital part of Southampton's attacking arsenal.

James Ward-Prowse
Distribution stats
Passes completed
1.3K
Crosses
55
Assists
7
Chances created
52
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Ryan Fraser: Reunited with his former Bournemouth manager, Ryan Fraser has been reborn in a black and white shirt.

Shortlisted for February’s Premier League Player of the Month, the Scotland international has carried his form into March with a goal and assist in the win over Brighton last weekend.

TOP SCORERS

Southampton:

Goals:

Armando Broja 9
Ché Adams 8
Ward-Prowse, Elyounoussi 7

Armando Broja
Attack stats
goalGoals
9
Total shots
40
Shots on target
25
Conversion rate
22%
Mins per goal
192
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Assists:
James Ward-Prowse 7
Nathan Redmond 6
Kyle Walker-Peters 4

Newcastle:

Goals:
Callum Wilson 6
Allan Saint-Maximin 5
Fraser, Joelinton, Trippier, Shelvey, Willock 2

Assists:
Saint-Maximin, Fraser 3
Manquillo, Schär, Ritchie 2
Joelinton, Murphy, Longstaff, Krafth, Clark 1

HEAD TO HEAD

Played: 101
Saints: 37
Draws: 24
Newcastle: 40

LAST FIVE MEETINGS

August 2021: Newcastle 2-2 Saints (Elyounoussi, Ward-Prowse)
February 2021: Newcastle 3-2 Saints (Minamino, Ward-Prowse)
November 2020: Saints 2-0 Newcastle (Adams, S. Armstrong)
March 2020: Saints 0-1 Newcastle
December 2019: Newcastle 2-1 Saints (Ings)

DID YOU KNOW?

- Southampton have lost just two of their 20 Premier League home games against Newcastle (W13 D5). Indeed, Saints have won more Premier League home games against the Magpies (13) than they have vs any other side in the competition.

- Southampton are unbeaten in their five Premier League midweek games this season (W2 D3), one of just four sides yet to lose on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday in the competition this term along with Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Che Adams(L) of Southampton celebrates with Kyle Walker-Peters after opening the scoring during the Premier League match between Southampton  and Norwich City at St Mary's Stadium on February 25, 2022 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Saints have been in imperious form at St Mary's.

- Southampton are unbeaten in 10 home Premier League matches (W5 D5), only twice previously having longer home unbeaten runs in the competition: 13 between May 2002 and January 2003 and 12 between October 2004 and March 2005

- Southampton have won their last four home games in all competitions, last winning five consecutively at St Mary’s back in October 2016 under Claude Puel.

- James Ward-Prowse has scored in each of his last two Premier League games against Newcastle – he’s never netted in three consecutive appearances against an opponent in the competition.

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