Southampton may not have a win to their name in the Premier League but they picked up a morale-boosting victory at Newport County in midweek.
Their thrashing of the Welsh minnows was in stark contrast to Newcastle’s League Cup experiences after the Magpies bowed out of the tournament on penalties.
Ralph Hasenhuttl will be happy with his players after the big win and will be delighted they managed it without Adam Armstrong and the returning Academy product is now primed for the weekend’s clash at St James’ Park.
Lee Ryder’s prediction
Adam Armstrong was sold by Newcastle for just £1.8million a few years ago but he did not get too down about his exit.
After finding his way back to the Premier League with Southampton – and after Newcastle said: ‘No thanks’ when asked if they wanted his services – Armstrong won’t need any type of pep talk.
It already feels like a safe bet he will score on his return but can Newcastle avoid defeat?
Newcastle really needed to take at least five points from the opening three games, but here we are trying to scrape three!
The way it has been going I believe they will be fortunate to get one.
I hope they prove me wrong but I think the win-less run may continue here.
Paul Tierney (Lancashire)
Yet to produce a red card this season but has issued nine cautions in three matches.
The draw is 12/5 with Bet 365 while 6/4 is offered for a win, a Saints victory if you want to go there, is 9/5
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