Newcastle United are aiming to make it three wins in seven days when Southampton visit St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 2pm).
As a result, the Magpies have opened up an eight-gap advantage over fifth place Spurs, and still have a game in-hand left to play. On current projection, Howe’s men will finish on 73 points.
United’s Champions League dream looks set to become a reality very soon - but Howe is refusing to look too far ahead, and knows his team can’t slip up during the remaining six games.
And that starts against relegation-threatened Southampton this weekend. Ruben Selles’ side are in a desperate situation after Thursday’s defeat to Bournemouth left them six points from safety.
With this game being each club’s second game in three days, several players will be assessed. Some have already been ruled out, while a couple of others are doubts. Here’s the latest Newcastle and Southampton team news.
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Newcastle players huddle ahead of kick off in the English Premier League football match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north-west England on April 27, 2023. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)
2. Sean Longstaff - doubt
Longstaff went for a scan amid fears he may have broken a bone in his ankle or foot. Scan results pending.
3. Emil Krafth - out
The Swede is recovering well from his ACL injury but won’t play again until next season. Photo: Ian MacNicol
4. Juan Larios - out
Is sidelined with a long-term hamstring issue.