Relentless Newcastle go third in Premier League with efficient win at Southampton

Newcastle United forward Miguel Almiron celebrates after scoring his team's opening goal in the Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United on 6 November, 2022 at St Mary's, Southampton, United Kingdom
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Miguel Almiron scored for the fourth straight game as Newcastle (opens in new tab) once again reaffirmed their top-four credentials with a clinical 4-1 win away to Southampton (opens in new tab).

The Magpies are up to third in the Premier League – where they'll stay if Tottenham (opens in new tab) fail to beat Liverpool (opens in new tab) in the final game of the weekend – after extending their unbeaten run to nine matches.

It's now six wins in seven outings for Eddie Howe's side, who found the net with all four of their shots on target at St Mary's. Almiron's opener was followed by goals from Chris Wood, Joe Willock and – in stoppage time, following Romain Perraud's consolation for the hosts – Bruno Guimaraes. They host (opens in new tab) Chelsea next Saturday in their last match fixture the World Cup.

Southampton, by contrast, have fallen to consecutive defeats after holding league leaders Arsenal (opens in new tab) to a 1-1 draw two weeks ago. Ralf Hasenhuttl's men have won just once at home this season (2-1 against stuttering Chelsea in August).

Hasenhuttl has continued to have the board's backing, but this latest loss – the Saints' eighth of the league campaign – is bound to increase pressure on the Austrian ahead of Saturday's trip to Liverpool.

Both teams are also in action in Round Three of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, with Newcastle entertaining Crystal Palace (opens in new tab) and Southampton hosting Sheffield Wednesday.

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...