On Saturday Newcastle United hosts Southampton in an English Premier League matchday 3 fixture. Newcastle has opened its top-flight English Premier League campaign with two consecutive losses. The Magpies opened with a 4-2 loss at home versus West Ham United and fell 2-0 on the road to Aston Villa. The Toons must put points on the board or risk battling to remain out of the relegation zone all season.
Newcastle continues to have its problems at goalkeeper with both Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow out and Freddie Woodman will likely start a third consecutive match. Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett will also miss for Newcastle. Jacob Murphy and Callum Wilson each have one goal apiece for Newcastle United's only two goals of the season. Matt Ritchie and Allan Saint-Maximin each have one assist.
Southampton opened its EPL season with a 3-1 loss to Everton but was able to recover the next time out and play to a 1-1 draw at home against Manchester United. The Saints dominated the Red Devils in the match but were not able to take all three points but a well-deserved draw against a powerhouse such as Manchester United is a solid outing.
Adam Armstrong is the only goal scorer for Southampton with one, through the first two matches as the other goal credited to Southampton against Manchester United was an own-goal by Fred. Che Adams is credited with the only assist thus far this season for Southampton. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has played in each of the first two matches of the English Premier League for Southampton and has allowed four goals.