Our match prediction:
Southampton all but ended their Champions League hopes by losing to Premier League leaders Leicester City in what was a great game of football at King Power Stadium. The Saints had some good chances to score before Wes Morgan broke the deadlock, proving they are in a good moment after back to back wins over Stoke City and Liverpool. Southampton now need to continue the rich vein of form if they want to secure the final Europa League berth and they have an opportunity to push Newcastle United further towards relegation. The Magpies find themselves in all sorts of problems ahead of the final seven fixtures of the current campaign, sitting six points adrift of safety at the moment, albeit with a game in hand on Norwich. Newcastle have now picked up just one point from last six league fixtures, holding rivals Sunderland to a 1-1 draw in the Tyne-Wear derby, but they don’t seem capable of upsetting in-form Saints at St Mary’s.
Highlighted Team (Newcastle United):
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 colour of Newcastle’s home kit is black and white.