Sky Sports Pundit Charlie Nicholas believes we’ll beat Southampton in Sunday’s clash at St James’ Park – and is backing BOTH Joelinton and Almiron to get on the scoresheet!
The Magpies host an in-form Southampton side, who arrive after back to back victories and look to have finally found their feet after a poor start to the season.
Here is what Nicholas has had to say ahead of Sunday’s game with the Saints:
“This is another belter of a game. Newcastle look to have finally cracked playing at St. James’ Park, as Manchester City will testify.
“I got a lot of stick over the week for saying Steve Bruce was doing a better job than Rafael Benitez was. It seems some people can never give anyone credit for the job they are doing.
“Southampton, meanwhile, are full of confidence after a couple of wins and in Danny Ings have one of the Premier League’s in-form strikers. But apart from Ings, like Newcastle, Saints are struggling to find goals from elsewhere.
“I have a feeling this could be the weekend Joelinton and Miguel Almiron finally break their ducks.”
Make of Nicholas’ comments what you will – his opinions can often be taken with a pinch of salt – but Sunday’s game does present us with a real opportunity to put some daylight between ourselves and the bottom three.
As for Joelinton and Almiron grabbing the goals, it would take a brave man to back ONE of them to score this Sunday never mind BOTH, but it really would be brilliant if they opened their accounts at St James’ Park, especially when Saint-Maximin will also be hoping to kick on after he found the net for the first time in Sheffield.
It is a good feeling to be able to start looking up the table for a change rather than over our shoulder, especially when this side really has shown the true grit and defensive determination most sides in the bottom half have been unable to match.
My personal prediction is a low scoring victory for The Toon, possibly a gritty 1-0 win, with Allan Saint-Maximin bringing home the goods once again and taking us one step closer to that 40 point mark.
Whether Almiron or Joelinton score or not, let’s hope it’s another strong performance and positive result for Steve Bruce’s Mags!