Huge Newcastle Test At Southampton – Likely Team

After taking only 2 points from our first three league games, it’s going to be a big big game for the Magpies at St. Mary’s Stadium this coming Saturday, against a Southampton side much changed form last season, but nevertheless they have made a decent start to the season and taken 4 points out of their first few games under new manager Ronald Koeman.

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Alan Pardew – huge test at St. Mary’s coming up

The injury situation at Newcastle is not particularly good so early in the season, and we will be missing Siem de Jong, who is out up to four months with a thigh injury, and also Jack Colback is very doubtful with the calf injury he picked up last week at the England training camp last week

But all teams have to cope with injuries, lack of form and suspensions during a season, so this will be a good test of our bench strength.

If Colback is out we will assume Cheick Tiote is fit to play, and can come through the African Cup of Nations qualifier on Wednesday night for the Ivory Coast against Cameroon, and be ready to start at St. Mary’s.

So if we sustain no more injuries this week,  this could be the starting eleven for Saturday in a 4-2-3- formation:

Janmaat Williamson Coloccini (c) Haidara
Tiote Anita
Sissoko Cabella Aarons

Mehdi Abeid had a very good game at Gillingham in the League Cup, and it could be that he is preferred to Vurnon Anita in central midfield, but we doubt it.

And we have 18 year-old Rolando Aarons starting that game after his fantastic performance  against Crystal Palace, when he came on as a second half sub and completely  changed the game in Newcastle’s favor.

He comes in for Yoan Gouffran – who has looked a bit ordinary so far this season.

What would your team be for Saturday?

Our difficulty seems to be scoring goals, although we got three last time out, but that was due to Mike Williamson’s first ever goal for Newcastle in 139 appearances and almost five years on Tyneside, and the very first goal for Newcastle from newly arrived Dutch International right back Janmaat, who already looks a good player.

We need our strikers and forwards to start scoring some goals.

It’s a tough game on Saturday, but if we can win it, that will certainly lift the spirits of Newcastle fans.

And that’s  what’s needed right now.

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24 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    get turned over 5-0

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #2

    remember when everyone put first


  • GatesheadMag

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Catchy, interesting read on statistics from last thread.
    Ive got 1 for you though, for about the last 3-4 seasons, newcastle have hit mike williamson during every setpiece and are still to see it work. 0% conversion rate.
    Im going to deliver that on pardews desk now!!

  • firebug666

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4

    I think we will get trounced 4-0, we have nothing at the back to deal with pace, and we won’t get many shots at goal (if any) because we will be sitting back in our usual defensive formation.

  • beermonkey

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5

    not getting thumped would be a result for us

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Gateshead, what’s worse is that cross to Williamson STILL goes on.

    It highlights Pardew’s lack of imagination and stupidity by recycling the same set piece.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    Lack of imagination and stupidity at something that basic. Now, when it comes to more technical play, he’ll be absolutely lost. Which is why the understand and movement around the pitch is very poor.

    Just the odd off the cuff play from our naturally good international players.

  • beermonkey

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #8


    he scored the otherday we must carry on with this now it has proven to work and he will go on a run now

    the worst thing is he has mentioned we don’t score from set plays yet we do the same thing each time
    he has mentioned our strikers are getting isolated he has mentioned this about last season as well yet here we are nothing has changed

    the bloke is a buffoon

  • GatesheadMag

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #9

    When big mike scored was it a set piece or swung back in from open play?? Either way like it would only increase coversion rate to 0.1%.
    I utterly detest the way pards has newcastle playing football, i gave my season ticket up in january.

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 8, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #10


    stop talking about our secret set piece, it might get out to the other teams, and they might be able to do something about it,

    ohhh shoot, it already did , 3 years ago

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #11

    what I find fascinating

    that some of us pointed out a lot of these FACTS (tequila ) a few years ago, but got told to watch the table instead

    and I have to ask , if we spotted this back then, does it mean we know more about football, we actually watch the game and not looks at just tables, ya know, see the bigger picture,,

    that one was rammed down my neck a bit

  • GatesheadMag

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #12

    I mean we must also be the only team in the league to have all 11men in our own box when defending a corner. I mean why he wouldnt leave ben arfa on the half way line is beyond me. Hes probably more likely to be a danger to us in our own box.
    R wey, might see super sammy live up to some sort of ameobi hype someday soon…..

  • Lost Plot

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #13

    Perez & Armstrong should be preferred along with Aaron’s .. Leave Gouffy & Obertan out and maybe use Sissko as a sub if Tiote & Abeid can step up!

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #14

    Goal! Serbia 0, France 1. Paul Pogba (France) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Rémy Cabella with a cross following a corner.

  • croftus5678

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #15

    i’d go


    chucky needs to get a game surely but i agree on aarons playing regular now as he seems to be confident enough and if good enough he’s old enough.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #16

    St.Mary will be end for Newcastle United manager Pardew Alan.And with beforementioned formation and players in the post we can compete in the Championship from 10-17 place.Sissoko right winger-turning off TV or leaving the stadium.
    In Carr we trust.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #17

    Lost Plot, in my opinion, Gouffran is a victim of his own willing endeavour to run, just like Jonas was. He is completely overworked at lacks the cutting edge spark going forward due to all his defensive running and positioning. Plus, he’s not a winger. Neither is Tevez, nor Ba, nor Cisse.

    I reckon Gouffran’s best position is as a more central forward or at his widest, wide of a front 3. A proper front 3, not one which converts to a another fullback like Pardew makes everyone do.

  • GatesheadMag

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #18

    Catchy im going to credit you with a small part of what is surely to become a turnaround in newcastles fortunes. You mentioned serbia in a previous post, and it just triggered some sort football genius impulse. I mean ive found the answer at long last, i cant see it failing, i mean howay man its staring us in the face. Big mike will even pat me on the back when i pitch my idea, hes a free transfer…..drum roll please….. nikola zigic.
    I can see it now, set piece after set piece, itll just be a thing of beauty

  • WLtoon

    Sep 8, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #19

    Cant see us getting anything down there.
    They have a manager with invention and tactical nohow, we dont.

  • lostboy

    Sep 8, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #20

    I’d be inclined to play a more 4-1-3-2. Knowing that one upfront is not working and our two centre halves are average I’d like to see Haidara, colo, Williamson, Janmaat in the back with Tiote DM for support and be the middle man to get the ball from the back to front. Play Sissoko in his actual position as CM playing box to box with Cabella (working together internationally this past week or so is a must they play side by side next week) on the right and young Aaron’s on the left. Then with Rivière and Ayoze upfront.

    Possible straight forward changes late on: replace a striker with Ferrayra and Tiote with Anita (depending on Tiotes fitness). Or play more defensively to hold on to a lead I would take off a striker and replace with Anita as DM and probably see how Aaron’s is doing and replace with Goufran for pace and experience (nothing else he seems to have this season).

    But either way the important thing is 2 upfront a DM to support the CD’s and play Sissoko box to box in the centre and I think we’ll do alright – least I’d give Pardew credit for being brave and playing brave and playing the players in right positions

  • Jamie McKellar

    Sep 8, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #21

    I hope we don’t get trounced, I’m gunna be at that game

  • Hector Riva

    Sep 8, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #22

    Robert32 thats a good assumption with Gouffran, he has lost all his sharpness for months now, its all very well grafting your heart out but the lad is a forward player, and he is getting totally Pardewed, thing is i dont think Pardew will drop Gouffy for Aarons as he dosnt drop seniors for youngsters, and if by some miracle he does and Aarons has a poor game then he wont get that chance again, Gouffy does need to be played more attacking if he is going to be played at all, the lad has lost all the fire in his eyes, there is nowt there if you look at him.

  • greekgeordie

    Sep 8, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #23

    I am going to be there, and reading the comments we should be thankful if we do not get well beaten.
    I fully disagree, with Tiote back in the team and if Sissoko and Cabella reproduce their performances with France, we have a very good chance for a result.
    I hope the players never read the various club blogs, as there is so much negativity goes around, by all means dislike Pardew and Ashley, but do not get your anger rub on the team.
    Fortunately as soon as the kick off comes on, the majority of the fans are behind the team, and maybe this makes the Newcastle fans unique.

  • AndyMac

    Sep 9, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #24

    I sorta agree Lostboy with Pardwho’s negative, containment, stay in the game for as long as possible philosophy the last thing we need is one man alone up front !!!!!

    Perez and Riviere backed by Cabella is the short term fix. The key is get the ball forward as quickly as possible to two relatively pacy forwards and a hold up guy.


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