Newcastle United will be hoping to all but guarantee their place in the Premier League next season when they face Southampton on Saturday evening. 

The Magpies have steered well clear of the relegation zone but are still not quite mathematically safe from the drop. A win over Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men would do their hopes the world of good. 

However, three points against Southampton are not easy to come by nowadays, and the Saints are in good form. 

They head into this fixture on the back of a comprehensive win in front of their home fans last weekend. Nathan Redmond’s brace and a goal from Shane Long saw them defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1. 

Newcastle, though, also picked up three points last time out. They travelled to Leicester City and stunned the King Power Stadium, with Ayoze Perez’s header clinching a 1-0 win. 

It’s set to be a tense affair between the two sides on Saturday. Here is how we think Rafa Benitez will set his team out.