Newcastle vs Southampton: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Flash Watson

Saturday, December 7, 2019 10:12 AM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 10:12 AM UTC

New belief in both camps sets up for Goals

<div><h2 style="text-align:center">Newcastle vs Southampton</h2><p style="text-align:center"><a href=""><strong>Sunday 8th December at St James’ Park</strong></a></p><h2>TEAM PREVIEWS:</h2><h2><span style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);font-size:15px">Newcastle:</span></h2><p>Steve Bruce has found a positive formula for this talented group of players through injuries to regular 1<sup>st</sup> team starters. Jonjo Shelvey has come back into the side and scored in each of the last two games. His goals are a massive bonus to add to his vision over short and long distances. A first goal in mid-week for Allan Saint-Maimin will have worked wonders for his self-confidence. Miguel Almiron has energy and a touch of class if given the time and space to execute it. The Magpie’s are well organized and have been to defensive leading to a lack of goals mainly due to not getting enough bodies in the opposing box. A solid 5-4-1 formation must rely on the full backs getting up and down the pitch to be effective with and without the ball. Andy Carroll made a rare start in the 2-0 away victory against Sheff Utd. Newcastle are dangerous from set pieces when the likes of Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandez are sent forward. The new confidence in this group has got to be down to scoring goals and having a ball player in midfield that releases the shackles off the individually gifted forward thinking players.</p><p><em><strong>KEY Strengths: Solid athletes, individual skill, organization.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>KEY Weakness: Creativity, not enough bodies in the opposing box.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></strong></em></p><p><strong>Southampton:</strong></p><p>The longest journey of the season sees a Saints side that have taken 7 points from their last three Premier League games. Danny Ings is having regular 1<sup>st</sup> team football and he is getting sharper with every game. His goal in midweek was his eighth in fifteen games and priceless for a team like Southampton who were struggling to score in games. James Ward-Prowse is finding the form that saw him earn an international call up last season. With the delivery like no other he has given confidence for his team mates to go and attack balls in the oppositions box resulting in goals. In each of the last three games the South Coast raiders have scored two goals and more importantly also created numerous chances that have been not taken. Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond have great individual ability that can create and take chances from the flanks. Defensively Southampton are very vulnerable in the central areas. Ryan Bertrand returning to a resemblance of himself will help in both defence and attack.</p><p><em><strong>KEY Strengths: Ings form, Ward-Prowse deliveries, Widemen</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>KEY Weakness: No natural leaders, defensive frailties.</strong></em></p><h2>Betting Analysis:</h2><p>With both teams scoring goals and having seen rewards from a positive attitude to getting forward goals must be on the menu. It will be interesting to see if Andy Carroll is matched up against a weak central pairing in Southamptons defence. The visitors themselves will fancy scoring as the attacking players are showing good form and a togetherness. Respect from either side will be low as the gift of three points for winning this game should keep the chances coming. Clean sheets have been rare for both and I don’t see either gaining one this weekend.</p><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Premier League Betting Odds"><em><strong>TIP: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals @2.5, Both teams to score @1.83 with Bet365</strong></em></a></p></div>
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