Southampton make the long trip to Newcastle on Saturday and will be hoping to follow up the League Cup win over Newport with a positive Premier League result.
Saints’ 8-0 victory over Newport on Wednesday was their biggest ever away win and saw them give the hosts in South Wales no chance at all. This is another boost after a strong performance against Manchester United last weekend.
Newcastle were dumped out of the League Cup on penalties by Burnley and are yet to pick up their first points of the season, although Saints will have to overcome their poor record at St James’ Park to take points home to the St Mary’s.
Ahead of the game, team news has been revealed and could affect the selections of managers Ralph Hasenhuttl and Steve Bruce.
Southampton remain without Stuart Armstrong, Newcastle missing four
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said that Stuart Armstrong would remain out of this weekend’s clash with Newcastle.
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The Scotland man has missed the opening three games of the season with a minor calf injury and is expected to return to fitness after the upcoming international break. He has also withdrawn from Scotland’s squad for upcoming fixtures against Denmark, Moldova and Austria.
Other than that, Will Smallbone and Sam McQueen remain the only other injured players as they continue their recoveries from long-term problems.
Newcastle could welcome back Isaac Hayden and Paul Dummett to face Saints after Steve Bruce talked up their chances of returning to fitness in time.
However, Martin Dubravka, Jonjo Shelvey, Karl Darlow and Elliott Anderson are set to remain out.
What will be interesting for Saints fans to see is whether the performances of players in the cup on Wednesday night will push them into the starting line-up for this Saturday.
Nathan Redmond, Moi Elyounoussi, Nathan Tella and Armando Broja all impressed with their influence on the attack, whilst Kyle Walker-Peters also performed well in his left-back role.