Southampton vs Newcastle – Sunday 15th October 2017 – 16:00 - Sky Sports Football

Southampton are 17/20 with Manolo Gabbiadini at 4/1 to score first.

Southampton face Newcastle United at St.Mary's on Sunday afternoon, in the eighth round of games in the Premier League.

The Saints come into this match in mixed form, losing their last match against Stoke 2-1.

Mame Biram Diouf opened the scoring for Stoke on the stroke of half-time (40), with the forward heading his side in front.

Saido Berahino saw his penalty saved by Fraser Forster just three minutes later, after Van Dijk brought him down in the area.

The Saints pulled one back through Maya Yoshida with just fifteen minutes to go (75), the defender handing his side a lifeline.

Peter Crouch snatched a late winner for Stoke (85), with the former England international scoring a vital goal with just five minutes remaining to make it 2-1.

 

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New Manager 

It has been another season of change for Southampton on the managerial front, with Mauricio Pellegrino now in the hot seat.

It's been a tough start for the new Saints manager, with four defeats in their last six matches.

They have won just one game during that period, the 1-0 win against Crystal Palace who are currently rock bottom of the PL.

The Saints find themselves in 12th place after the opening eight matches, a win here will give them 11 points from nine matches.

 

Saints Favourites

Southampton come into this match as the favourites, with home advantage informing the odds.

Mauricio Pellegrino's men will be looking to win this fixture, giving them their second win in seven matches.

The Saints will be looking to make it eight games unbeaten against Newcastle.

Fighting Draw

Newcastle United come into this match on the back of a 1-1 draw against Liverpool, an excellent result for Rafa Benitez men.

Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring for the Reds (29), with the Brazilian scoring an excellent effort from outside the box.

It was the star midfielders 13th goal from outside the box in the last 18 months, justifying Barcelona's interest.

Joselu levelled the scoring just seven minutes later (36), with Jonjo Shelvey's sumptuous ball piercing the Liverpool defence.

The former Stoke man needed a bit of help from Joel Matip, who inadvertently clipped the ball onto Jose

Joaquin Correa made a wasteful Liverpool side pay late on (72), scoring his side's second goal and levelling the scoring.

 

Solid Form

Newcastle United have had a good start to the season, they have shown excellent signs that they will be able to stay up.

They have taken 10 points from their opening seven matches, an excellent return for the newly promoted side.

Three successive wins against Swansea, Stoke and West Ham as well as the point against Liverpool make up their ten points.

They find themselves in 9th place in the Premier League, a position they would love to be in come the end of the season.

 

Magpies Underdogs

Rafa Benitez' side come into this match as underdogs, despite their recent impressive form.

This will be a tough match for Newcastle, with Southampton looking to produce a solid home performance.

Newcastle will be looking for a first win against Southampton in 8 matches.

Newcastle United are 100/30 with Dwight Gayle and Joselu at 13/2 to open the scoring.

 

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Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Joselu to score first @ 13/2

Tip 2 – Southampton to win 2-1 @ 15/2

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