Southampton v Newcastle: match preview

Optimism may be in short supply as Southampton search for a first home win against rock-bottom Newcastle but both managers are resolutely upbeat. Rafael Benítez is confident his team will climb the table during a forgiving run of games, starting at St Mary’s, and has striker Salomón Rondón available after a thigh injury. Mark Hughes insists there is a “spring in everybody’s step” at Southampton, despite four league games without a win, and three without a goal. He has no new injury worries, with Mario Lemina shaking off a knee injury sustained in the draw at Bournemouth. Niall McVeigh

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