All eyes are now on the Newcastle team v Southampton.
Steve Bruce and his players facing the Saints, hoping to keep their undefeated run at home going in the Premier League, since losing to Arsenal on the opening day.
The Newcastle United Head Coach, like every other PL boss, was facing two matches only a few days apart.
Southampton has enjoyed the comforts of home their last two games, but now they must head out on the road.
They and Newcastle United are meeting up for their first leg of the season at 9 a.m. ET on Sunday at St. James’ Park.
Southampton has kept their last five contests to within one goal, so Newcastle should be prepared for a fight.
Southampton dodged a bullet on Wednesday, finishing off Norwich City 2-1. The Southampton offense checked out after the first half but had enough goals banked to take the contest anyway.
Meanwhile, Newcastle kept a clean sheet against Sheffield United. The Magpies didn’t even let Sheffield onto the board and left with a 2-0 win.
Their wins bumped Southampton to 4-8-3 and the Magpies to 5-6-4. We’ll see which team can carry over their success and which team inevitably falls when Southampton and the Magpies clash.
Newcastle United vs Southampton: Opta stats
Newcastle have lost just one of their last 14 Premier League home games against Southampton (W10 D3), 1-2 in January 2015. Only against Aston Villa (14) and Everton (13) have they won more at St James’ Park than vs Southampton in the competition (12).
Southampton have lost two of their last three Premier League games against Newcastle (D1), having been unbeaten against them in the previous seven (W4 D3).
Newcastle haven’t failed to score in any of their last 14 home Premier League games against Southampton since a 0-1 loss in March 1997 – it’s their longest ever such scoring streak against an opponent in the competition.
Newcastle are unbeaten in their last six Premier League home games (W2 D4) since losing against Arsenal on the opening weekend. No Premier League ground has seen fewer goals this season than St. James’ Park (13 – level with Selhurst Park).
Southampton are winless in their last four Premier League away games (D2 L2), having won their previous two before that.
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has lost his last four Premier League matches against Southampton, all during his time at Hull City in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 campaigns.
Six of the last seven Premier League goals Southampton have scored have been via set-pieces (four free-kicks and two corners), including both in their 2-1 win over Norwich on Wednesday.
Newcastle haven’t won a home Premier League game in December since 2015 against Liverpool, and are winless in nine games at St James’ Park since (D3 L6).