Newcastle are no slouches, either. Steve Bruce has led his boyhood club to 11th in the table - two points behind Saints - after seven games and have snatched some decent results along the way.
The Magpies have up to four players missing their long trip down to the South Coast on Friday night.
Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has an ankle injury, while Jonjo Shelvey is recovering from hernia surgery, Matt Ritchie has an injured shoulder, and Dwight Gayle is regaining fitness following a knee injury.
Captain Jamaal Lascelles is expected to feature after playing 90 minutes in last week’s 2-1 victory over Everton following a foot injury.