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.
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
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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