Newcastle United vs Southampton
5:30pm Saturday 20th April
St James’ Park, Newcastle
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez can have Florian Lejeune and Sean Longstaff missing for Saturday’s key Premier League clash with Southampton (kick-off five.30pm).
Central defender Lejeune underwent surgery in Rome in the week to repair the busted anterior symmetric ligament in his left knee and faces a protracted amount of rehabilitation.
Midfielder Longstaff is convalescent well from the knee ligament injury he suffered at West Ham on day, however won’t play once more this season.
Southampton can check on defender Jannik Vestergaard’s groin issue before the sport at St James’ Park.
Defender Yan Valery has agitated off a thigh downside once the convert Wolves, whereas midfielder Mario Lemina has stepped up his recovery with a come back to coaching following AN abdominal issue.
Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, defender Matt Targett and forward Charlie capital of Texas square measure all expected to shake off minor some fitness problems to feature.
H2H Newcastle United vs Southampton
Only at home to Spurs (12), Everton (13) and Aston Villa (14) have Newcastle won more Premier League games at St. James’ Park than they have against Southampton (11).
Southampton have only lost one of their most recent nine Premier League games with Newcastle (W4 D4), though that defeat came in this exact fixture last season (0-3).
Newcastle have only lost one of their last 13 Premier League home games against Southampton (W9 D3), losing 1-2 in January 2015.
Newcastle’s defeat against Crystal Palace in their last home match ended a run of five consecutive victories at St James’ Park. They last lost consecutive home league games in December (vs West Ham and Wolves).
Score Prediction: Newcastle United 2-0 Southampton