Miguel Almiron scored for the fourth game in a row for Newcastle (opens in a new tab) once again reaffirmed their top-four qualifications with a clinical 4-1 win at Southampton (opens in a new tab).
The Magpies are third in the Premier League – where they will stay if Tottenham (opens in a new tab) not to beat Liverpool (opens in a new tab) in the final game of the weekend – having extended their unbeaten run to nine matches.
It’s now six wins in seven outings for Eddie Howe’s side, who found the net with their four shots on target at St Mary’s. Almiron’s opener was followed by goals from Chris Wood, Joe Willock and – in added time, after Romain Perraud consoled the hosts – Bruno Guimaraes. They host (opens in a new tab) Chelsea next Saturday in their final World Cup game.
Southampton, on the other hand, suffered back-to-back defeats after holding league leaders Arsenal (opens in a new tab) to a 1-1 draw two weeks ago. Ralf Hasenhuttl’s men have won just once at home this season (2-1 to stuttering Chelsea in August).
Hasenhuttl has continued to enjoy the backing of the board but this latest loss – the Saints’ eighth in the league campaign – is sure to increase the pressure on the Austrian ahead of Saturday’s trip to Liverpool.
Both teams are also in action in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, with Newcastle entertaining Crystal Palace (opens in a new tab) and Southampton hosting Sheffield on Wednesday.