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Southampton vs Newcastle LIVE: Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side aiming to go top of the table in English top-flight for first time in 32 years with a win against Steve Bruce’s men at St Mary’s
- Southampton welcome Newcastle to St Mary’s for their Premier League clash
- Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men are aiming to go six games unbeaten in the top flight
- Magpies have also enjoyed a good start to the season and find themselves in 11th
- Latest Premier League news, live action and results can be found here
- Premier League table – as it stands
Southampton welcome Newcastle to St Mary’s on Friday night as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men look to go top of the Premier League table with a win.
It will be the first time in 32 years that the Saints have sat at the top of the English football pyramid and they will have the chance to do so again with a home win, which will also see them go six games unbeaten in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Newcastle will be hoping to capitalise on their positive start, which has seen them accumulate 11 points from their opening seven games, which puts them 11th in the table.
Sportsmail’s Sam McEvoy will provide you with all the action as it happens, including all the build-up to this Friday night clash on the south coast.
The trumpets ring out around an empty St Mary’s as the players, coaching staff and match officials take a moment to remember those who lost their lives in the world wars, while two wreaths were laid on the centre circle by both captains.
A beautiful tribute on the south coast.
We’re just five minutes away until kick-off at St Mary’s.
Can the Magpies spring a surprise against an in-form Southampton side and go as high as fourth, or will Hasenhuttl carry on this remarkable start without the Danny Ings?
The Saints striker will undergo surgery on his knee and is set to miss up to six weeks of action.
Ings has been crucial to Southampton’s success this year and last year, and the statistics appear to prove this.
Will his absence give Newcastle the advantage at St Mary’s?
PRE-MATCH READING: Steve Bruce says he is not surprised by Callum Wilson’s lightning fast start at the club after scoring six goals in seven games
Steve Bruce has praised Callum Wilson’s mettle in taking on the challenge of becoming Newcastle’s main man.
The 28-year-old striker is attempting to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Jackie Milburn, Malcolm Macdonald and Alan Shearer, who enjoy revered status on Tyneside, after his £20million summer switch from Bournemouth.
He is making a rather good fist of it to date having scored six goals in his first seven Premier League appearances for the club, including both in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Everton, heading into Friday night’s trip to Southampton.
PRE-MATCH READING: Ralph Hasenhuttl has led a major transformation at Southampton since THAT 9-0 defeat by Leicester with Danny Ings on fire, James Ward-Prowse flourishing and their relentless pressing… now they can go top of the table for the first time since 1988
There is a room upstairs in the pavilion at Southampton’s impressive training ground which has gained a reputation of almost mythical proportions.
It is where Ralph Hasenhuttl’s colleagues know he is most likely to be if they cannot find him elsewhere, in his office, the canteen or on the training ground with his coaching staff continuing to drill his team into a relentless pressing machine.
It is the analysis suite that is known as Southampton’s ‘black box.’
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Steve Bruce has stuck with the same side that pulled off that impressive win over Everton at the weekend, with Callum Wilson looking to extend his tally of six goals in the league so far.
Newcastle XI: Darlow, Murphy, Schar, Lascelles, Fernandez, Lewis, Sean Longstaff, Hendrick, Almiron, Wilson, Saint-Maximin
Subs: Clark, Matthew Longstaff, Carroll, Joelinton, Hayden, Manquillo, Gillespie
Theo Walcott and Che Adams will lead the line for Southampton at St Mary’s as Ralph Hasenhuttl makes two changes in the starting XI.
Southampton XI: McCarthy, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Stephens, Walker-Peters, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Djenepo, Walcott, Armstrong, Adams
Subs: Long, Redmond, Tella, Diallo, N’Lundulu, Forster, Ramsay
And welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of Premier League football on Friday night.
Southampton welcome Newcastle to St Mary’s for the second instalment of top-flight football this evening.
It could turn out to be a historic evening for the Saints, who could go top of the table with a win – the first time they’ve been atop of the English football pyramid in 32 years.
Meanwhile, Steve Bruce’s men will look to continue their bright start by spoiling any party on the south coast.
Stay tuned for all the pre-match build-up and team news.
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