There are five changes to the side that started against Maritimo on Thursday night, and Jonas Gutierrez returns to captain the side today at Southampton.
Mike Williamson comes back into the side to partner Steven Taylor, since Coloccini has one more game to serve in his three match ban, and Tiote also returns to central midfield, after being suspended for the game against Maritimo.
Shane Ferguson is back on the left wing, and it could be that Demba Ba will play slightly behind Papiss Cisse up front today.
It looks like Jonas Gutierrez will play out on the right wing today, with Anita and Tiote in central midfield, and Nile Ranger is on the bench, and the 21 year-old could even get his first appearance for Newcastle for a long time today.
We had thought Sylvain Marveaux may have kept his place in the side after a decent performance on Thursday night, when he scored his first goal for the club, but the Frenchman is on the bench.
And it’s good to see James Perch on the bench after his thigh injury, and he could well get a run out in the second half.
Seven players in the side played some part on Thursday night in the 1-1 draw against Maritimo.
Southampton (4-2-3-1): Paulo Gazzaniga; Nathaniel Clyne, Jose Fonte, Maya Yoshida, Luke Shaw; Morgan Schneiderlin, Jack Cork; Jason Puncheon, Adam Lallana (c), Gaston Ramírez; Rickie Lambert
Substitutes: Kelvin Davis; Jos Hooiveld, Steven Davis, James Ward-Prowse, Emmanuel Mayuka, Guly Do Prado, Jay Rodriguez
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Jonas Gutierrez (c), Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Shane Ferguson; Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Steve Harper, James Tavernier, James Perch, Gael Bigirimana, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger
We need to pick up something at St. Mary’s this afternoon.
Howay The Lads!!
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