Southampton welcome Newcastle United to St Mary’s on Sunday.

The game a 4pm kick-off on 15 October, having been chosen for live TV coverage.

Newcastle haven’t won at Southampton since 19 September 2004, over 13 years ago.

The last four visits making pretty dismal reading, played four lost four, conceded 13 goals and scored one.

Despite this, and the fact it is one of the longest journeys of the season, Newcastle fans instantly snapped up the entire 3,200 away allocation some time ago.

However, it has been more of a struggle for the home side, despite having a relatively small capacity.

With just 72 hours to go before the match, Southampton have announced that they have just under a thousand tickets left to try and sell.

The last home game saw a crowd of 31,930, which is presumably their capacity, as the Saints were playing Manchester United.

To be fair, the other three matches at St Mary’s in the Premier League have been close to capacity, on average some 500 less than that Man Utd crowd.

Just a shame in situations like this when clearly the demand is there for the likes of Newcastle to easily sell another thousand tickets, particularly to those fans exiled in the south, that an extra allocation couldn’t have been given. Rather than struggling to sell the remaining tickets to Southampton supporters.

Southampton home crowds this season:

31,447 Southampton 0 Swansea 0

31,424 Southampton 3 West Ham 2

17,931 Southampton 0 Wolves 2 (League Cup)

31,435 Southampton 0 Watford 2

31,930 Southampton 0 Man Utd 1