An inconsistent Southampton side will play against Newcastle United in a Premier League clash at St Mary’s on Saturday, with the clubs in 13th and 14th place in the standings respectively.
After losing their previous league game 3-1 against West Ham, the Saints will be looking to bounce back strongly.
Southampton will be looking for a win against Steve Bruce’s side, who have not tasted victory in their past five league games.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints side will have to make do without the services of winger Moussa Djenepo, according to Sky Sports.
The Mali international missed the Saints’ loss against West Ham after being given compassionate leave after his mother passed away.
In what will be a boost for the south coast club, Southampton striker Danny Ings could be set to return.
However, Saints star Stuart Armstrong is likely to miss the game after suffering a concussion.
The report added that Will Smallbone is suffering from illness whilst Southampton attacker Nathan Redmond remains out of action due to a hip injury.
The reverse fixture between the teams in December was a close encounter with Newcastle narrowly winning 2-1 following a late strike by Federico Fernandez. The game promises to be yet another tight affair.
Southampton have struggled for form when playing at home and they can aim to remedy this by recording a victory against the Toon Army who are low on confidence.
Ings has been in good form for the Saints this season, scoring 15 league goals so far.
If he plays and is on song against the Magpies, Hasenhuttl’s Southampton side will have a good chance of gaining three points.
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