I came across some interesting comments from Southampton fans ahead of Sunday’s game.
Found them a bit of a surprise to be honest as the Saints are in a kind of usual mid-table (12th, two points and three places behind Newcastle) position.
Despite regular changes of manager and seeing their best players snapped up, often by Liverpool, Southampton just seem to motor on, recycling some of the transfer money on £10m-£15m signings and one or two homegrown players seem to be added every year.
However, the mood isn’t good at all.
Having read their comments you can kind of see why when you check the stats, Southampton have beaten West Ham 3-1 and Crystal Palace 1-0, arguably the two worst teams in the Premier League, but in the six other games (including a 2-0 home League Cup defeat to Wolves) they have only scored one other goal.
Even if they end up winning, Southampton fans are still expecting a terrible boring display from their team. Much also seems to depend on former Newcastle keeper Fraser Forster as well, judging from the supporter views.
As Newcastle fans the name Southampton instantly conjures up all kinds of negative thoughts, the last six contests home and away, have produced four wins for the red and whites and two draws, with the last away win for NUFC coming over 13 years ago.
However, Rafa’s former assistant Mauricio Pellegrino appears to be struggling in his new job, so hopefully Newcastle can take the initiative.
Southampton fans comment via their top Saints Web message board:
‘We will have 65%-75% possession, loads of off target shots and no goals.
Newcastle will score with their one attempt on target (probably a header from a set piece) we will throw everything and the kitchen sink at them in the last 10 minutes final register a shot on target that the Newcastle keeper will save with a worldie.
Afterwards, people will say we were the better team and should have won.’
‘Now that the excitement of England’s thrilling WC qualification is over, we can concentrate on the mundane PL.
Gabbi for Redmond, will it ever happen?
Can we score more than 0 goals? So many questions.’
‘We need to win this really.’
‘They looked hard-working and organised last time out (v Liverpool), would think Benitez has enough about him to do a job on MoPe, we’ll play pretty well and lose 0-1.’
‘A safe prediction that the game will go like this.
‘The toons will have two golden chances first half while we will have one scuff Redmond chance.
Might be 0-1 at half time but that depends on how Forster is feeling.
Second half lots of procession and half chances until VVD pops one up in the last 5 minutes.
Might be 1-1 or 1-0 to us if Forster plays well.’
‘Whoever our center backs are they will have the most touches and highest pass completion percentage and everything they do will be in our own half.
Not my problem though as I’ll be cleaning the kitchen and if I finish that by 5:45pm I’ll happily make a start on the bathroom. Saints = steaming pile.’
‘No way am I getting up at 1am to watch another impotent home performance.
Hope we win, but won’t be posting any comments on here regardless as I won’t be watching it.
Kudos to those of you still rocking up and shelling out for this garbage.
Saints till I die, but there is only so much you can take. Prediction – if no changes to the lineup or tactics 0-0. If Redmond and/or Tadic dropped we might win it 2-0.’
‘If we don’t score at least 2 against this lot then it’s time for a panic.
Only thing we know now is that even if we win it’s going to be a seriously depressing performance.’
‘Newcastle are a good side from what I’ve seen.
Can’t see us winning as we just can’t score goals at home (or anywhere else).’
‘We’ve done well against Newcastle over the years and could really do with the 3 points now, will be a tough game.
No way would I play Boufal and Tadic together, that just doesn’t work. I heard Bertrand might have picked up a back injury on England duty?
Newcastle sold out their 3300 allocation so should be a decent atmosphere.’
‘Would be great if Shelvey was out (after breaking his finger).’