Southampton and Newcastle meet on Saturday in a match which already feels like a six-pointer, even at this early stage of the season.
The Magpies are without a win after nine games of the season and sit bottom of the Premier League table, while Southampton are just four points and four places higher - and could slip into the relegation zone if results go against them this weekend.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of this crucial clash on the South Coast.
How to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Saturday 27th October|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||15:00 BST|
|Where It is Played?||St. Mary's Stadium|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||Sky Sports Gillette Soccer Saturday, BT Sport Score, BBC Final Score|
Newcastle 4-2 Southampton (24 February 2013, Premier League)
A stunning goal for Papiss Cisse illuminated this entertaining meeting as Newcastle emerged victorious from a rollercoaster of a match.
Morgan Schneiderlin gave Southampton the lead after just three minutes but Newcastle turned it around to lead at half time thanks to Moussa Sissoko's tap-in and Cisse's sensational 25-yard volley.
Southampton - WDLLLD (5/18 points)
Five points from a possible 18 is relegation form. It won't be long before Southampton come to the same realisation as Stoke - Hughes isn't the man to turn this situation around.
Newcastle - LLDLLL (1/18 points)
After a tough start to the season, facing five of last season's top six in their first eight games, the Magpies now have a favourable run of fixtures, although they faltered against Brighton last week. They need to get their first win on the board as soon as possible, and they won't get many better opportunities than this one.
Mario Lemina is a slight doubt for Southampton after he was taken off in the second half at Bournemouth, but he should be back fit in time for Saturday. Besides that, it's a clean bill of health for the Saints.
Newcastle were boosted by Salomon Rondon's return to training this week. The Venezuelan has not featured since September's trip to Crystal Palace. Ciaran Clark, who missed last week's game against Brighton, is also back in training.
Florian Lejeune remains the only long-term absentee for Benitez to contend with.
|Southampton||McCarthy; Soares, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand; Elyounoussi, Hojbjerg, Lemina, Redmond; Austin, Ings|
|Newcastle||Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett; Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy; Joselu; Perez|
Only matches involving Liverpool, Wolves and Crystal Palace have seen fewer goals than those involving Southampton and Newcastle so far this season, so don't expect a feast of entertainment at St. Mary's.
Rafa Benitez has insisted that the first win will be the toughest for Newcastle. With Watford, Bournemouth, Burnley and West Ham to come in the next few weeks, this would be a great time to start building some momentum - but where are the goals coming from?
4 - Newcastle are only the fourth team in English top-flight history to lose their opening five home league games of the season (Man Utd 1930-31, Portsmouth 2009-10 and Bolton 2011-12). Struggles. #NEWBRI— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 20 October 2018
Predicted Score: Southampton 1-0 Newcastle