Stadium: St. Mary’s (Southampton).
Referee: Chris Kavana.
Southampton: Livramento (?), Adams (?), Voinovich (?), Stephens (?), Salisu, McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Genepo, Smallbone.
“Newcastle”: Willock (?), Ritchie (?), Fraser (?), Clarke (?), Cher (?), Darlow (?), Saint-Maximin, Wilson, Manquillo, Fernandez, Lewis, Dummett.
Southampton suddenly found himself and did not even lose in the minority to the formidable Tottenham. Now the “saints” are in thirteenth place, but there is no need to relax, there is still half of the championship ahead. In the last six Premier League matches, Southampton have lost only once, however, and won the same. The only defeat came from Arsenal at the Emirates (0: 3). And the calendar was not easy, except for the Gunners had to play with Leicester, Brighton, Tottenham, West Ham and Crystal Palace. And not a single defeat from these five teams.
“Newcastle” with a bunch of injured and covid ones, his match with Everton was even postponed. It is unclear if this game will take place. It is still three days before it, so there is a chance for several players to recover. The Magpies, apart from injuries and covid, finished the calendar year on a good note. Howe’s team drew with Man United and had a real chance of winning. Until the saving seventeenth line, eight points (lost), unfortunately, is a lot. It takes a miracle to stay in the Premier League.
To win Southampton gives 1.72. Yes, this outcome looks tempting, because Newcastle is so bad, plus a large number of injured. But the guests had at least some positive moments, the draw with United definitely cannot be ignored. On the X2 can be bet with odds of 2.14…
The guest handicap (+1) is estimated at a good 1.70… Southampton have won only two times in their last ten head-to-head meetings, while Newcastle have won five. This season, the teams managed to draw at St. James’s Park (2: 2). It is too early to write off “Forty”, the team may well compete for points in this game.
Southampton scored first seven times in ten matches. Also in six games there were bets on mutual goals and total over 2.5. The “saints” themselves have scored more than one goal in only three cases.
Newcastle has no trends at all in popular markets. But in personal meetings, the teams immediately played the bookmaker’s top seven times (2.5). In addition, the Magpies managed not to lose in eight matches.
Total over 2.5 gives 1.77 odds…
Forecast and bet on the match “Southampton” – “Newcastle”
Bookmakers do not believe in Newcastle too much, although there are reasons: this is a disgusting season of “forty”, and excellent form of “Southampton”. But the defense of the “saints” still suffers, the goalkeepers are also not impressive, this also applies to the main goalkeeper McCarthy. The guests are quite capable of scoring at least one goal – ITB2 (1) for 2.23…