​It's a mighty long trip for Southampton this Sunday as they travel to the north east to take on Newcastle United in the Premier League.

The Steve Bruce revolution is in full swing at St. James' Park, with Newcastle currently sat in 11th having won three of their last five domestic outings.

However, the visiting Saints are living a blessed life in recent weeks as well, unbeaten in their last three and knowing a victory on Sunday would see them jump out of the relegation zone. That 9-0 thumping at the hands of Leicester may have just saved their season...

Here are some stats you need to know before Sunday's bottom-half clash...

St. James' Park - A Boring Fortress


​The Magpies are hardly known for their swashbuckling style, but regardless, they have been getting results. ​Newcastle are unbeaten in their last six Premier League home games (W2,D4) since losing against Arsenal in their first match of the season. 

But don't expect a goal fest - no Premier League ground has seen fewer goals this season than St. James’ Park (13 - equal with Selhurst Park).

Set-Piece Kings

James Ward-Prowse

No, not Newcastle. ​Southampton have been king of dead balls recently with six of the last seven Premier League goals they have scored coming from set pieces (four free-kicks and two corners), including both in their 2-1 win over Norwich in their last outing.

With Newcastle not too shabby in this respect either, this may be a game hinged solely on set-plays.

Prolific Head-to-Head

James Ward-Prowse,Christian Atsu

This fixture has been relatively comfortable in recent history for Newcastle at St. James' Park.

Newcastle have lost just one of their last 14 ​Premier League home games against Southampton (W10,D3) - a 2-1 defeat back in 2015.

Only against Aston Villa (14) and Everton (13) have they won more at St James’ Park than against the Saints (12). 

Amongst the Southampton Greats

Danny Ings

If it hadn't been for Danny Ings this season, Southampton really would have been all but doomed by Christmas. But with their fox in the box back to full fitness and form this term, they finally have a steady stream of goals.

​Ings has scored in his last four Premier League appearances for Southampton - only two Southampton players have scored in five in a row, with James Beattie doing so twice (2002 & 2003) and Matt Le Tissier also achieving it twice (1994 & 1996).

National Pride


Southampton don't score a great deal, but when they do it's normally an Englishman. Each of Southampton’s last 12 Premier League goals have been scored by Englishmen - excluding own-goals.

The last team to have a longer run were Southampton themselves between March and August 2014 (13 in a row). Who needs South American flair, hey?