Jack Beresford analyses the numbers that matter ahead of Newcastle’s trip to St Mary’s to face Ronald Koeman’s new-look Southampton side.
Newcastle’s poor return of just two points from their first three Premier League fixtures has put the pressure on Alan Pardew ahead of a return to one of his former clubs Southampton.
The Saints may be two points better off than the Toon but they have yet to pick up a win at home in the Premier League, meaning this could prove a tricky encounter to predict.
Ahead of the 3pm kick-off, we’ve got a run-down of five key statistics to consider.
540 – That’s the number of minutes (not including injury time) in which a Newcastle United player has failed to score away from St James’ Park in the Premier League.
The Magpies have managed just one goal from their last six outings on the road in the top-flight, with that solitary strike being a rather unfortunate own goal from Martin Skrtel of Liverpool on the final day of the season.
Vernon Anita was the last Toon player to score away from home, netting Newcastle’s fourth in a 4-1 win over Hull last season.
One – In a whopping 20 visits to the south coast, Newcastle have tasted victory just once, with that solitary win coming back in September 2004.
A David Prutton own goal gifted the Magpies a half-time lead on 45 minutes but the Saints fought back in the second-half with Anders Svensson scoring on 53 minutes to restore parity between the teams. It didn’t last long, however, with Stephan Carr giving Newcastle the lead once again just four minutes later.
The Toon held on for an important win that left Southampton bottom of the table and on course for relegation. It remains their only victory at the ground in six attempts.
Six – Of the 14 players used by Southampton during their 4-0 victory over Newcastle at St Mary’s last season, six have now departed the club.
Ricky Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren have all moved to Liverpool while Luke Shaw is now at Manchester United and Calum Chambers at Arsenal.
Last, but not least, Gaston Ramirez – who came off the bench for the Saints that day – has now moved on loan to Hull City. It would have been seven if Morgan Schneiderlin had got his way...
3 Goals – That’s the number it could take for Newcastle to take all three points at St Mary’s if recent form is anything to go by. All told, five of Southampton’s last six home defeats in the Premier League have come in games where the Saints have shipped exactly three goals.
The South Coast club conceded three to Liverpool (0-3), Chelsea (0-3), Tottenham (2-3), Aston Villa (2-3) and West Bromwich Albion (0-3) over the previous two seasons.
Newcastle can take some heart, at least, from the fact that they managed to net three times last time out in the Premier League in a 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace at St James’ Park.
March 15th 2014 – That was the last time a Southampton player currently available for selection under Ronald Koeman found the net for the Saints at home in the Premier League. Current top-scorer Morgan Schneiderlin was the player involved, with the Frenchman finding the net in a 4-2 win over Norwich City.
Since then two players currently injured – Sam Gallagher and Jay Rodriguez – have scored at St Mary’s along with the recently departed Ricky Lambert and Adam Lallana. Seamus Coleman and Antolin Alcaraz also contributed own goals in a 2-0 win over Everton.