Newcastle vs Southampton – Match Preview


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Newcastle have a tough home game against Southampton today, although we did win the corresponding game last season 4-2, and the Saints are just one place and 3 points behind us in the league table.

Newcastle are in top form at the moment, and if our lads turn up for this game like they did last weekend at Old Trafford, and play with energy and ambition from the very first whistle, we could even get our sixth win in seven league games and be higher up the table than out current 7th position.

Yohan Cabaye misses this game after picking up his 5th yellow card of the season last saturday, but every Newcastle player – apart from Ryan Taylor – is fit for this game – so Pardew is again spoiled for choice in his selection.

We think the Newcastle manager will simply move Dutchman Vurnon Anita to attacking central midfield, and revert to playing in a 4-4-2 formation and bring Shola Ameobi back into the starting line-up to play up front with Loic Remy.

So this is the side we expect to play today:

Krul
Debuchy Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Sissoko Tiote Anita Gouffran
Ameobi (Sh) Remy
Subs: Elliot Yanga-Mbiwa Haidara Gutierrez Ben Arfa Obertan Cisse

That’s string side and a strong bench.

What would your team be for today?

Southampton have a number of injuries and some of their top players will be out today – but that was the case 10 days ago at the Liberty Stadium in south Wales, when we were expected to win that game, but those injured players didn’t stop Swansea from playing extremely well on the nihgt, and beating us 3-0 to end our four game winning streak.

Victor Wanyama, Nathaniel Clyne, Guly do Prado and Danny Fox are all definitely ruled out for the game today, and 21-year-old goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga will play his fourth game in goal as Artur Boruc and his back-up Kelvin Davis are still out with injury.

Morgan Schneiderlin is touch and go for the game today, but he’s unlikely to start the game, but may be fit enough to come on in the second half.

And 83% of fans are expecting Newcastle to get something out of this game, with half expecting us to win the game.

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The key today is that Newcastle must play with the same intensity they showed at Old Trafford last Saturday, and if the lads can do that – in front of another expected sell-out crowd – we could have another three points in the bag by 5:00 pm today, but it will certainly not be easy.

What do you think?

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54 comments so far

  • bobby mango

    Dec 14, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1

    I’d like HBA in there, instead of Shola.

    Bring on Shola as a battering ram if HBA is ineffective.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 14, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Hoping for a win today,come on lads give me a nice day 🙂
    Howay

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  • SpaceGhost

    Dec 14, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Let’s give the young GK & Osvaldo, the mighty St. James Park welcome. Let the noise level blow off the roof. It may not be Man U but we need that 3 points!

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  • Anita the Legend

    Dec 14, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Bobby

    I’d do it the other way around. Shola on from the start means we can knock it up to him and actually keep possession. (We’d have the opposite with Benny) really important today with Saints strong midfield, they always seem to do their best work between their back four and their central midfielders, Benny would get lost in there and start taking pot shots. (Tiote is doing enough of them on his own for now!)

    HBA has not earned his place back after 20 decent minutes v United, no way. Shola has really played well, well, he is going to Brazil on his hols next year so that’s why he’s actually bothering at present. Disgraceful when you really think about it. But still, play those in good form. Always.

    But Benny did well from the bench last week, let him do it again!!!

    Ed’s team there is the one to go with.

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  • JARRAMAG

    Dec 14, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    The Pardew love in has really gathered speed these last few weeks and whilst the credit he has to take at the moment i would like to point out my current feelings.

    1)I go to football matches to be entertained but Pardue plays a defensive 1st tactic and to see Ben Arfa wasted on the bench is criminal(this guy lights up football games is not a defender and to be replaced by Ameobi sums up all you need to know about “we play on the front foot “Pardew-Could you imagine what an attacking manager could do with this team?
    2)We have not scored more than 2 goals this season and we are not going to under this system of play and any team scoring 2 goals against us will take at least 1 point off us.
    3)We do not create many chances and that is why Cisse isnt scoring goals

    Attack Attack Attack Attack Attack.

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  • thai-mag

    Dec 14, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Strola must be due 1 of his 3 or 4 goals he scores in a season, I really think he will score today, then bring Benny on for the last half hour, job done

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  • Anita the Legend

    Dec 14, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #7

    JARRA

    Wow, so you’d take entertaining football alongside mid-table mediocrity? Not me like. You’ve got to win dirty. Manure did that for years, Chelsea did that to win titles recently, maybe teams like Ars, Barca, Madrid have enough quality technical players to be able to just pass you off the park, but in reality we are absolutely miles away from that… And HBA aint in that league, he really isn’t.

    Don’t you want to win mate?!

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  • bills-son

    Dec 14, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #8

    I agree with Anita.

    As much as I’d like us to play great football and win the first priority always is to win.

    I always feel worse if we play great and lose than play poor and win. Most fans I am sure feel the same.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 14, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #9

    In the long run building a game plan that works and gives the paying costumers something for their money surely is the priority!

    …if it’s just about winning you might as well just watch highlights after the game!

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  • JARRAMAG

    Dec 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Anita
    If Pardew played to the players strengths and used an attacking formation we would win more that we would lose but i do not want to see my team defend at home against the likes of WBA for the whole of the second half.Its the most negative tactic and i want to enjoy watching my team but under this manager i do not enjoy going to the matches and its becoming a chore(those who dont attend the matches wont understand how i feel and that is why many hard core friends of mine have thrown in the towel until Ashley and his minions are gone-hence we dont sell out for every game now.

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  • bollance

    Dec 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Bills

    Playing well and winning are linked. If we win our confidence improves and we pass it about better. Compare how we started the season to now.

    Managers talk about momentum. Last season we never got this going and Pards found it impossible to turn that corner. He is not a world beater of a manager but he shares our passion and for that reason he has my backing. Also with him at the helm we will progress, not as fast as most want but we are getting there.

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  • bollance

    Dec 14, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #12

    I think it is safe to say we will buy a winger now or in the summer as obertan is being put in the shop window.

    Also cisse is in that shop window after pardew said that teams would have to pay a large amount for him.

    We must sell to buy as the squad is a good size now.

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  • Anita the Legend

    Dec 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #13

    JARRA

    Yeah, I see your point mate. It is incredibly negative trying desperately to hang on to a 2-0 lead. But the only time it’s actually backfired was Hull. I was there and it was obviously horrendous.

    But that game aside, it’s actually done it’s job. I personally think Pards is doing great right now, even with playing people in their positions, never thought I’d like Sissoko on the wing but hey, he’s playing fantastic and his work rate is immense.

    You say “the likes of WBA” like we are nailed on winners of a game like that… We are not. Yes we’ve got a great squad now and perhaps everyone is right when they say a better manager would be doing even better with this side (6 in 7 ain’t bad for any manager btw)… But how can we sit here and praise the players, the squad, the undoubted quality and depth we now have… But then criticise the guts who’ve built this squad and say they should be replaced?! It’s just madness.

    Unfortunately we are competing with the likes of WBA still, and playing to win that game is the primary goal. We won it mate. And how anyone can criticise a winning team/manager/club is totally beyond me.

    The grass is always greener. But it’s pretty damn green when your in the lofty heights that we are in the table atm.

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  • Tommyy

    Dec 14, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #14

    I’d be shocked in Ben Arfa started, today’s imperative is to maintain possession and he simply can’t. Historically we crumble against passing sides who press high, therefore I’m struggling to see a win. However the significance of home advantage should not be underestimated, and I sense goals today. Should be exciting at the very least.

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  • Oh Gino

    Dec 14, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Wtf are you talking about ,anita you muppet, Hba did a great job against MU and should start. He changed his game, less dribble and hogging. So much benny s hater here, this blog is really going down, thanks to ted bundy, transfer sage, toonking, billson, and more, useless tits

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #16

    we never continue our form we rely on luck, if we do play like we did against Man U we will destroy them.

    Newcastle are probably the easiest team to beat when it concerns the opposition considering when you look at our other games and we hung onto results.

    we struggle against easy teams and panic most times ( look at the Norwich game )

    Southampton are a hungry team wanting success home and away and will be fighting hard to get the result against.

    i would love Newcastle to get 3 goals and 3 points today but i can only see a disaster coming our way.

    Shola upfront will get destroyed by Southampton today.

    and don’t worry guys all this negativity in this post usually leads to Newcastle dominating the game today.

    lets hope

    HWTL

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 14, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #17

    When 7th is probably a good season and relegation should never be a threat. You might as well try to play with style.

    Let’s face it we’re not really playing for anything after January most seasons.

    Let’s at least be the “Entertainers” again.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 14, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #18

    Oh Gino

    how on earth can you say HBA had a great game against Man U? he came on late in the game to help keep hold the ball.

    but saying that mate i’d rather have HBA on today rather than Strolla.

    HBA could be deadly if he starts today but there’s no way Pardew is gonna drop a mate for a top player

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 14, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #19

    Jarramag

    Would you say a big thank you to all your mates who are staying away because of Ashley for me?

    Well done to them, much appreciated here.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 14, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #20

    1 thing just 1 thing that AP, MA & JFK need to do to become our favourites.

    and that’s

    WAKE UP THE SLEEPING GIANTS

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 14, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #21

    They need to f### off. Lots of parties on that day.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 14, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #22

    I’ll take a Wonga loan out to pay for the celebration when Ashley sells up. 😉 Could be an all-weeka

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  • Harley

    Dec 14, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #23

    Yeah right, you’re all muppets!!!!

    You hear that bills, transfer etc. muppets!!!!

    Oh gino says so right, so it must be gospel. If you don’t have the same opinion as gino then you’re a muppet!!! And a tit!!!

    Go gino the master!!!!!

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  • Roger

    Dec 14, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #24

    Again, who is Southampton?
    We blow them away. 2 Remy, 1 Gouffran and one
    another from Ben Arfa. 4 to 1.
    Greetings from Germany

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 14, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #25

    Imagine the pure relief in the City when he goes.

    He’s like a big black depressing cloud hanging over us all.

    That’ll be a day to remember. I can’t wait.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 14, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #26

    Gino

    I’m surprised that list isn’t a lot longer.
    Post on here long enough and you’re going to get get sucked into banal arguments. All of us have probably written and said things which after a night’s sleep we wish we hadn’t said.
    It’s the way this blog is. You just have to remember we are all NUFC fans. Which is the biggest factor that matters. Even Bills-Son is my brother, although he must realise by now Ashley is never going to come round to his house for tea. Give it up Bills, he sucks and you know it deep down 😉

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  • Quasimodo's tailor

    Dec 14, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #27

    Good old Gino. Another brave lad hiding behind his keyboard. What a child.

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  • Ciaran

    Dec 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #28

    Hatem

    Speak for yourself pal, I don’t think I’ve regretted a single thing I have ever written on this blog…well maybe once haha

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  • roy

    Dec 14, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #29

    3-1 to the Mags i hope he opts for HBA instead of Ameobi.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 14, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #30

    Apparently something like 25% of all kids “self-bully” themselves online each month.

    They make fake accounts up and use them to bully themselves on their “real” account.
    It’s a newish way of “attention seeking”, which we all do to some extent.

    Lots of squabbles on here are probably fake.

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  • Ciaran

    Dec 14, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #31

    Hatem

    I am actually Ruddy, Bills-son, TDS, Ian-Toon/Carl/PushyTed Bundy, jeff, Solano and tequilamag. Thanks God someone brought it up, it’s been such a weight on my shoulder haha

    As for the match today, I am feeling slightly nervous, which is weird given how Soton have a growing injury list, we are on good form and only really missing Cabs. We should have enough about us to win this game, but I think a draw is on the cards.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Dec 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #32

    Ciaran

    lol actually that would explain a lot and make you a very scary person indeed. haha.

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  • roy

    Dec 14, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #33

    Southampton have a terrible record up here if we play our usual quick counter attacking football we should prevail 3-1 even with Coloccini in the side.

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  • Oh Gino

    Dec 14, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #34

    Black and white army I didnt say that HBA was motm against MU but I liked the way he played and I think he should start today, but you are right, it won’t happen. Btw I am Ted Bundy.

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  • AMEOBI

    Dec 14, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #35

    Well Anita in for Cabaye, Ben arfa in for shola. It’s pretty much predictable after how much pardew has gone on about them this week. Decent team, 3 points too! Great day

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  • pottsclock

    Dec 14, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #36

    Unfortunately, I think it’ll be a draw today. Would love to see us win but Southampton’s style is not one we play well against. Without Cabaye I’m worried that LLalana will boss midfield.

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  • Papiss9

    Dec 14, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #37

    At some point in the game I would like to see us playing with this midfield and attack.

    ————Tiote————anita————–
    Sissoko———HBA——————gouffran
    ——————Remy………………………………

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  • Crawfordladd17

    Dec 14, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #38

    Why Obertan on the bench. Sammy is better, Marveaux is better, on loan Vuckic and Ferguson are better.
    They are all fit too. Obertan is so bad

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  • Anita the Legend

    Dec 14, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #39

    Gino

    Thanks for that mate, I must be a muppet for having an opinion.

    The fact that I can actually back up my opinion and explain myself, and you can only come back with vague comments and name-calling pretty much says it all.

    I’m glad there are some people with sense on here, cause they’ll read your comment and probably see you’re a little bit silly.

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  • obatoyou

    Dec 14, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Cabaye injured ? 🙁

    Reckon Mbiwa still start too 🙂

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