Newcastle vs Southampton: Goals galore; Saints brace; Forster absence could prove costly

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We bring you the best stats ahead of Newcastle United's Premier League clash with Southampton.

Newcastle United and Southampton will get their 2015-16 Premier League campaigns underway on Sunday when they go head-to-head at St James' Park.

This match-up will represent Steve McClaren's first game back in the top-flight with his new club, while Ronald Koeman enters his second campaign with Southampton, who finished a impressive seventh place last season. 

The Saints have beaten Newcastle in each of their last three Premier League meetings, scoring 10 and conceding just once.

Ahead of the weekend's match-up, here are a few of the best Opta stats...

13 - Southampton kept 13 clean sheets in 30 league games when Fraser Forster started last season but just one in eight when he didn't.

6 - The Saints have been drawn away from home in each of their last six season openers in the Premier League, winning just one of the previous five (D1 L3).

10 - Southampton have won their last three league games against Newcastle, scoring 10 and conceding just one.

2 - A Southampton player has scored a brace in each of these three wins (Elia and Pelle last season, Rodriguez in 2014).

16 - The Magpies have only managed one clean sheet in their last 16 top-flight clashes against the south coast outfit.

14 - On the other hand, Newcastle have scored in 14 of their 15 Premier League home games against Saints, drawing a blank in a 0-1 defeat in 1997.

0 - The Magpies have not won consecutive league games since November 2014; a record they will be hoping to break under Steve McClaren.

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