Southampton are looking to make it three Premier League wins in a row for the first time in over four years when they host Newcastle United on Friday night.
A 2-0 win over high-flying Everton was followed up with a 4-3 success at Aston Villa last weekend and another three points in this one will see the Saints go top of the table.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men have won their last two league fixtures at St Mary’s Stadium and bet365 make them Evens(2.0) to extend that run and go six games unbeaten in the process.
Newcastle have won three of their seven matches this season but are 11/4(3.75) outsiders to win at this ground for the second campaign in a row.
Two of the Magpies’ last three away games in the Premier League have ended all-square and another stalemate can be backed at 5/2(3.50) with the online bookmaker.
Danny Ings is out for up to six weeks after injuring his knee in the win at Villa Park, whilst Jan Bednarek, Ryan Bertrand and Ibrahima Diallo are all doubtful.
Jonjo Shelvey, Martin Dubravka, Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle all remain out for the visitors, meaning Steve Bruce may opt for an identical starting XI to the one that beat Everton last weekend.
Southampton have been on an impressive scoring run of late with nine goals across their last three outings and, even without Ings, they should still be able to have plenty of joy in the final third.
Of the 16 shots on target recorded by the Saints in that run, Che Adams leads the way with four whilst James Ward-Prowse and Jannik Vestergaard recorded three – the same amount as Ings.
Considering Newcastle have managed just one clean sheet this season, Hasenhuttl will back his free-scoring side to extend their good run for at least another game.
Southampton to score over 1.5 goals is priced at 10/11 (1.91) with bet365 and would mark the fifth game in a row in which it has paid out.
Also worthy of consideration is the 6/5 (2.20) price on the hosts to have over 5.5 shots on target, with Hasenhuttl’s outfit managing this on five occasions so far this season.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.
Southampton to have over 5.5 shots on target at 6/5 (2.20) for a 1pt stake with bet365
Source : goal.com