Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Buoyed by a thrilling 4-1 win over Everton, Newcastle United will look to cement their spot in top four when they take on Southampton at their St. James’ Park. The Magpies have been scoring goals for fun of late and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Southampton. Experienced forward Callum Wilson should keep his place in the starting XI after scoring a brace in the midweek triumph, while Emil Krafth remains in the recovery room. Sunday’s game comes too early for pacey winger Allan Saint-Maximin.
The Saints, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Bournemouth and given their poor away record in the 2022/2023 season, anything but a routine home win would be a big surprise. As for the visiting team, all Salisu, Larios, and Livramento are out of contention with injuries, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles should be recalled to the starting XI.
Highlighted Player (Allan Saint-Maximin):
Allan Saint Maximin is a talented winger who was born in Chatenay-Malabry, France on March 12, 1997. Saint-Maximin played for the likes of Verrieres-le-Buisson, US Ris-Orangis, AC Boulogne-Billancourt and Saint-Etienne during his youth career and he continued playing for les Verts at Senior level.
After making 12 appearances in the league for Saint-Etienne senior team, Saint-Maximin moved to Monaco in 2015. However, the French winger made no more than one appearance for les Rouges et Blancs before joining Hannover and Bastia on loan. In the summer of 2017 he signed a contract with Nice for an undisclosed transfer fee.
Allan Saint-Maximim represented France at youth level, but he has yet to make his senior debut for les Tricolores. His main position is right winger, but he is capable of playing as an attacking midfielder as well. He wears No. 7 jersey at Nice and his contract with les Aiglons should expire on June 30, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Southampton):
Southampton are an English football club that have been playing their home games at St Mary's Stadium since 2001. The Saints were based at The Dell in the past and the capacity of Southampton’s new stadium is 32,505. Southampton wear red and white striped shirts and the colour of the team’s away kit is navy and green.
The Saints have yet to win the Premier League trophy, but they did well to clinch the FA Cup title back in 1976, while participating in the final of the prestigious competition in 1900, 1902 and 2003. Southampton outplayed Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup final and that is probably the club’s greatest victory ever.
The club are well known for their football academy and Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is one of the players who began their football carrier at the St. Mary’s Stadium outfit. Southampton’s fiercest rivals are Portsmouth and the two teams square off against each other in the South Coast Derby.