Southampton are up against a potential six-pointer when they host Newcastle United at the St Mary’s Stadium this weekend. The two clubs are separated by just four points and there is relegation trouble for both clubs. Yet, Rafa Benitez appears to be in danger of losing his job with Mark Hughes not far behind in terms of the race for the sack. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Southampton were able to get a valuable point in an away game after picking up a goalless draw with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. The Saints are winless in five league games but they were able to end a sequence of three consecutive league defeats.
Newcastle were booed off the pitch – with owner Mike Ashley in attendance – as they lost 1-0 against Brighton at home. This was the seventh defeat in nine league games for Benitez, who has finally admitted the possibility of losing his job.
Newcastle were able to claim a spectacular 3-0 victory over Southampton when these two teams last met each other. This match happened to take place at St James’ Park, while Newcastle’s last trip to St Mary’s Stadium saw them get a 2-2 draw. Our betting tips and predictions expect a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.30[/bet_tip_now]
Southampton are at a price of 2.10 to win the match while Newcastle are substantially longer at 3.60 for the same outcome. Both clubs have been struggling near the bottom for a reason – lack of offensive threat. Newcastle may have created numerous chances against Brighton but they remain poor at finishing off opponents. Newcastle may actually prefer to play away from the hostile support St James’ Park. Southampton have picked up one victory in the last 15 league matches at St Mary’s Stadium. Our preview would go with a draw since both teams are struggling at this point.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.30[/bet_tip_now]
Southampton win odds: 2.10
Newcastle United win odds: 3.60
Correct Score odds
Southampton and Newcastle find themselves in a relegation battle due to a lack of offensive threat. Newcastle may have scored two goals in the last away game but it is difficult to see the team being motivated for a trip to St Mary’s in the same way as a trip to Old Trafford. Our correct score prediction would go with a 1-1 draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]1-1 draw at 6.50[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
There have been over 2.5 goals in the last three home matches for Southampton but it has been largely down to the opposition’s brilliance. Newcastle and Southampton are struggling for goals with both teams managing just six goals each from the first nine matches. Our total goals prediction would go with under 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.61[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Danny Ings has had a mediocre match in the last two outings. His last goal for Southampton was in the League Cup against Everton. Ings has contributed a goal or assist in his two games against Newcastle while playing for Burnley. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Ings.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Danny Ings at 6.00[/bet_tip_now]
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