Date/time: 15/10/2017, 16:00 (UK), 11:00 ET, 08:00 PT (USA)
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, UK
TV: Sky Sports Premier League (UK), NBCSN (USA) and check out LiveSoccerTV for alternatives.
Streaming: None (UK), NBCSN (USA)
Radio: BBC Radio Solent (UK)
ADDITIONAL READING: THE LOWDOWN FROM A NEWCASTLE FAN
Newcastle United make the long trip down south from the north east of England today, so it makes perfect sense for the Sky TV gods to make it a 4:00pm Sunday kick-off for those who have work on Monday. Us football fans have it good, don’t we?
Besides this annoying point, Sunday’s game could prove very interesting. Saints have made inconsistency in both results and performances an art form under new manager Mauricio Pellegrino, while Newcastle look more than comfortable back in the Premier League under boss Rafa Benitez after he lead them to promotion from the Championship last season.
It’s also worth noting that Pellegrino played under Benitez at Valencia and Liverpool, as well as assisting his former manager in a coaching role. Hopefully the student can overcome his master today.
In terms of team news, Southampton expect Shane Long to be fit despite suffering a hip injury while on international duty for the Republic of Ireland.
Similarly, Newcastle are set to welcome Matt Ritchie and Christian Atsu into their squad despite withdrawing from international duty last week.
Stats Zone (via BBC Sport):
Southampton have won 15 Premier League games against Newcastle, more than against any other side.
The Magpies have recorded just one win in 16 Premier League games away to Saints (D3, L12).
Newcastle have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 26 top-flight games away to Southampton since a 0-0 draw at The Dell in 1969.
Southampton could lose three successive league games for the first time since a run of four defeats in December and January last season.
Saints have failed to score in eight of their last nine home Premier League matches, with the exception being August's 3-2 win against 10-man West Ham.
Southampton are unbeaten in their last nine top-flight home games against newly-promoted opposition, winning eight.
Shane Long has scored two goals and set up two more in his last three Premier League games against Newcastle.
Long has failed to score in 24 games for club and country since his goal against Sunderland on 11 February.
The Magpies have earned just five points from the last 42 available in Premier League away fixtures, with their solitary win coming at Swansea last month (W1, D2, L11).
Newcastle have conceded just 10 goals in their last 13 Premier League games.
The last time they conceded three or more goals in a top-flight game was on their most recent visit to St Mary's - a 3-1 loss in April 2016.
Newcastle have averaged the youngest starting line-up in the Premier League this season (25 years, 211 days).
Rafael Benitez has suffered defeat in all three of his previous Premier League games away to Southampton - with Liverpool in 2005, with Chelsea in 2013 and Newcastle in 2016.
Bet 365: Southampton: 10/11 - Draw: 12/5 - Newcastle: 15/4
Bet Victor: Southampton: 9/10 - Draw: 5/2 - Newcastle: 15/4
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