Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Following a heavy 4-0 loss to Aston Villa, Southampton will look to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they host Newcastle United to their St. Mary’s Stadium. The Saints, though, are tough to beat at home, and you should know that they have suffered only one loss on home soil this term. Both Lyanco and Tella are sidelined with injuries, while Shane Long should be fit for the match.
The Magpies, on the other hand, have been making progress ever since the club chiefs reinforced the squad in the January transfer window. Newcastle aim to build on back-to-back wins over Brentford and Brighton, but beating Southampton on the road is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Both Callum Wilson and Kieran Trippier remain in the recovery room, while Matt Ritchie is a major doubt.
Highlighted Player (Fraser Forster):
Originating from Hexham, Fraser Forster is an English goalkeeper who spent his early career at Newcastle United, but surprisingly did not make a single Premier League appearance during the seven years at St James’ Park. Forster first showed promise during the loan spell with Norwich City, but it was the stint with Celtic that earned him wide acclaim and saw him become an England international.
After spending four years at Parkhead, the highly rated goalkeeper returned to the Premier League to sign for Southampton and he has since acted as club’s number one goalkeeper. Forster has been a member of the England national team since 2013, usually acting as a back up for Joe Hart, making a handful of appearances in international friendlies.
Forster was in the Three Lions squad at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, and with quite a few of good years in front of him, the towering goalkeeper should get the opportunity to win few more England caps before he retires from football.
Highlighted Team (Newcastle):
Newcastle United failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and, as a result, they dropped to the English second tier. The Magpies will host their rivals at their St. James’ Park in the 2016/2017 Championship campaign and it has to be noted that the capacity of the stadium is 52,354.
Newcastle United have won four domestic trophies (1904/1905, 1906/1907, 1908/1909, 1926/1927), while lifting six FA Cup titles (1910, 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952, 1955) and a number of star players were part of the St. James’ Park outfit in the past.
David Ginola, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand, Nolberto Solano, Gary Speed, Obafemi Martins and Kevin Nolan are notable footballers who are still remembered at the club. Newcastle’s fiercest rivals are Sunderland and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals face each other in the Tyne-Wear derby. The color of Newcastle’s home kit is black and white.