Mark Lawrenson sees two teams that haven’t been creating enough opportunities.

It is fifth bottom playing fourth bottom on Saturday and is very much a relegation six pointer at St James Park.

Defeat or either team could be crucial with then only eight matches remaining after Saturday.

Mark Lawrenson says ‘Southampton are not creating enough opportunities to win games’ and that ‘Newcastle never looked like scoring themselves’  at Anfield next week.

However, the BBC Sport pundit predicts a new approach for this crucial game and that there will be ‘an atmosphere to match’ a more attacking display.

It paid dividends against Man Utd, which was Newcastle’s first Premier League win at home in nine games.

Only West Brom have picked up fewer points on home turf, so Lawrenson’s claim that ‘fans know their home form will be crucial in keeping them up’, should maybe rather be that Newcastle supporters ‘hope’ this will be the case. As the reality has been that Newcastle have generally played better away from home.

This is really though two teams on very indifferent long runs of form and who struggle to score goals.

Newcastle have won only three of their last 20 PL games and scored more than one goal on only four occasions in those 20 matches.

As for Southampton, they have won only one of their last 16 PL matches and only in three of those scored more than once.

For me, if Newcastle can press from the start, get the atmosphere whipped up (like v Man Utd) and score first, then I can’t see Southampton getting back into it.

Rafa is up against one of his apprentices though in Mauricio Pellegrino so it could be a real battle of tactics and wearing them down…

Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:

“Southampton are not creating enough opportunities to win games, which is why they are languishing near the bottom of the table.

“Similarly, Newcastle’s main aim against Liverpool at Anfield last week was to keep the score down.

“The Magpies never looked like scoring themselves and the game was over as soon as the Reds went ahead.

“But their whole approach will be very different this time and I am expecting an atmosphere to match at St James Park because their fans know their home form will be crucial in keeping them up.

“Prediction is Newcastle 2 Liverpool 1.”

Newcastle v Southampton Match Betting:

Newcastle win 7/4Draw 11/5Southampton win 15/8

NUFC to lead at HT and FT 19/5NUFC to win and at least 3 goals in the game 18/5Ritchie to score 1st goal 9/1

All Newcastle v Southampton match betting HERE

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  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    3 wins in 20, that`s dire by any standards, Southampton should be there for the taking at St James Park, it all depends on team selection & tactics,
    to be truthful i`m p1 $$ed off with Rafa`s anti-football tactics & if you look at the results it`s not working anyway

  • mentalman

    I’ve a new approach for rafa, let the players play and try to win a football match. Don’t try and sit back and defend a lead and don’t sit back and try to defend a 1 goal deficit when we are losing to protect the goal difference

  • Wor Lass

    “…that ‘Newcastle never looked like scoring themselves’ at Anfield next week.”
    “…should maybe rather be that …”
    “This is really though two teams on very indifferent long runs of form and who struggle to score goals.”

    I don`t want to come over all “grammar police” but I really wondered whether this was something you did as part of an application for a job at the Chronic.

    • Rich Lawson

      Didn’t stop you from slaughtering my prose tho’

      • Wor Lass

        What prose? Have you been branching out?!

        • Rich Lawson

          Yes,cash for poetry is my next money spinner,a signed 1st edition to Clarko for all his helpful grammar tips in the past.

  • Peaky Magpie

    We are playing Southampton at home NOT Liverpool….last line before BetVictor take over…..

  • Dave Pattinson

    3 pts 2morrow, no worries. Saints can’t score. I predict a canny Sat night.

  • robbersdog

    This site should be renamed ‘The Daily Lawro’; I don’t mind reading his drivel, but I just wish they wouldn’t put a photo above every Lawro article.

    • Rich Lawson

      Or at least one when he is beat to the ball and concedes a goal ?

  • Alan Pardew

    Southampton have coordinated their financial strength really well. You look at a club like Southampton, and they’re in a much stronger financial position than us in terms of purchasing players

    • Rich Lawson

      You’ve stopped being funny along time ago,give up and accept your retirement.

      • Alan Pardew

        I’m disappointed and of course I’m angry but I’m also determined and I don’t want to leave.

  • Rich Lawson

    Prediction Newcastle 2 – Liverpool 1 !? Hard luck on all those fans who have made the journey from Southampton to Newcastle. Hope they still have a good night down the mkt for their trouble then ?