Date/time: 27/10/2018, 15:00 (UK), 10:00 ET, 07:00 PT (USA)
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, UK
TV: None (UK), NBC Sports Gold (USA) and check out LiveSoccerTV for alternatives.
Streaming: None (UK), NBC Sports: STREAM LINK (USA)
Radio: BBC Radio Solent (UK)
Southampton vs. Newcastle United Team News:
Southampton return to action following a fairly positive point taken away at in-form AFC Bournemouth last week. However, Mark Hughes’ Saints have only mustered one win in nine league games so far this season and need to improve quickly.
That’s better than how Newcastle are faring so far, though. Today’s visitors are bottom of the table, and the Magpies have tied two games and lost the other seven - not accruing a single win so far in the league.
Southampton’s squad looks set to be fully fit for Saturday. Former Juventus man Mario Lemina was substituted with a knee injury in last week’s draw at Bournemouth, but is expected to return to the squad.
Rafa Benitez will welcome back the returns of striker Salomon Rondon and defender Ciaran Clark, who have both overcome thigh problems. Newcastle, however, will be missing Florian Lejeune.
Southampton vs. Newcastle United Stats Zone (via BBC Sport):
- Southampton’s only defeat in their previous 24 home league matches against Newcastle came in September 2004 (W16, D7).
- Southampton have won 15 Premier League games versus Newcastle, more than against any other opponent.
- Newcastle beat Saints 3-0 in March but haven’t won consecutive league meetings since the 2004-2005 season.
- Saints have failed to score in four consecutive Premier League games for the first time since October 2004. The only time they have gone five matches in a row without scoring in the division was in April 2001.
- They have only managed 45 goals in their past 53 league matches - and scored just once before half-time this season.
- Southampton could equal their top-flight record of five home games without a win from the beginning of a season, set in 2001.
- They have won only three and lost nine of 17 league games under Mark Hughes. His 0.82 points-per-game ratio is the second worst in Southampton’s Premier League history, behind Steve Wigley’s 0.69.
- Hughes has won just one of his 13 Premier League meetings with Rafael Benitez (D6, L6), losing both games against Newcastle last season when he was manager of Stoke City.
- Danny Ings has scored four goals in eight appearances for Southampton, accounting for half of the team’s goals in all competitions this season.
- Newcastle have set their worst record after nine games of a top-flight campaign, with two goalless draws and seven defeats.
- They failed to win any of their opening 10 fixtures in 1898-99 but earned four points from draws.
- Newcastle are the first team since 1930 to have played the first nine games of a top-flight season without a victory or score draw.
- Nine of the previous 14 teams to have gone winless in their opening nine games of a Premier League season were relegated.
- The Magpies’ victory over Chelsea on the final day of last season is their solitary triumph in 14 league matches (D2, L11).
- Newcastle attempted 27 shots in last weekend’s 1-0 defeat against Brighton - their most in a Premier League game without scoring since February 2014.
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