Three reasons Newcastle will end their St Mary’s hoodoo with a win on Sunday

Newcastle United will be looking to pick up their second away win of the Premier League season when they face Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday, but they come into the clash with a dreadful record at the stadium.

The Magpies have won just one of their eight top flight fixtures on the south coast since the new ground opened in 2001, and they have lost on all of their last four visits to St Mary’s.

The fact that they have conceded 13 goals – scoring just once in return – during those four defeats shows just how much of a bogey stadium it is for the Tyneside outfit.

However, Rafa Benitez’s men have made a decent start to the Premier League campaign following their promotion from the Championship and as well as winning three of their seven matches, they drew 1-1 with Liverpool at St James’ Park last time out.

They currently lie in ninth in the standings, three places and two points above Mauricio Pellegrino’s Southampton, who have endured a disappointing start to their season with two victories, two draws and three reverses so far.

While the omens look to be against them, the Magpies do have many reasons to be a little cheerful ahead of the long trip south.

Here are three reasons Newcastle will end their St Mary’s hoodoo with a win on Sunday…