Siem de Jong is injured and out for a several months with a thigh injury, so he will not play on Saturday at Southampton, but it looks like other players seem to be generally fit with Jack Colback being given a decent chance to play in the game, and Cheick Tiote having played two full games for the Ivory Coast over the International break.
Jack Colback – expected to be fit?
Alan Pardew is due to give his press conference today for the Saints game, and it will be the first time we have heard from him since the 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace almost two weeks ago.
And of course on the following Monday was the last day of the transfer window, when we lost Ben Arfa and Yanga-Mbiwa on loan, so it will be interesting to see if he is questioned about those two dumb moves – from a Newcastle viewpoint.
Assuming that Colback and Tiote are both fit they could play together in Newcastle’s central midfield for the first time on Saturday.
This is a decent side Pardew can start on Saturday in a familiar 4-2-3-1 formation:
Janmaat Williamson Coloccini (c) Haidara
Sissoko Cabella Aarons
Subs: Elliot Taylor (S) Anita Abeid Gouffran Perez Ferreyra
What would your team be for Saturday along with the substitutes?
We have 18 year-old Aarons starting this game and Cabella in the pocket, as the number 10 in place of de Jong.
And Newcastle fans don’t hold out much hope of taking anything from the game, with a huge 77% thinking we will lose – for the third time in a row.
We were humiliated 4-0 last season and lost 2-0 the season before that at St. Mary’s.
Seems like we are due a win on Saturday?
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