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:
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.
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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