With the injuries we have at the moment, Alan Pardew has named the team most fans expected, with Jack Colback and Vurnon Anita playing in central midfield for Newcastle against Southampton today.
Cheick Tiote as expected starts on the bench today, and Sammy Ameobi gets a rare place as a sub, along with Elliot, Obertan, Adam Armstrong and Ayoze Perez.
Newcastle will again play in their familiar 4-2-3-1 formation, and it looks like Moussa Sissoko will be in the withdrawn striker role, playing behind Manu Riviere.
Former Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster – who never actually played for the Newcastle first team in a competitive game – is in goal for the Saints – and £12M signing Shane Long is up front.
It will be a decent result if Newcastle can take something out of this game, but a defeat would increase the calls for the manager Alan Pardew to be sacked.
We’re hoping for the win.
Howay The Lads!!
Southampton (4-3-3): Fraser Forster; Nathaniel Clyne, Jose Fonte (c), Toby Alderweireld, Ryan Bertrand; Steven Davis, Morgan Schneiderlin, Jack Cork; Shane Long, Graziano Pelle, Dusan Tadic
Substitutes: Kelvin Davis, Maya Yoshida, Florin Gardos, Victor Wanyama, James Ward-Prowse, Emmanuel Mayuka, Sam McQueen
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback; Remy Cabella, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran; Emmanuel Riviere
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Adam Armstrong, Ayoze Perez
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