Davide Santon and Sammy Ameobi are back fit again and we think that Sammy will likely get a start against Southampton on Saturday.
Newcastle played very well last Saturday at Chelsea but we didn’t take our chances so we don’t expect too many changes to be made.
We think Sammy Ameobi for Jonas Gutierrez could be the only change that’s made to the team that did great in that first half at Stamford Bridge.
Janmaat Williamson Coloccini (c) Dummett
Colback Sissoko Anita
Cabella Perez Ameobi
Subs: Woodman Santon Haidara Satka Vuckic Abeid Riviere
Since December 20th when they beat Everton 3-0 at home Southampton have played seven games in all competitions and won five and drawn two – including a draw and a win against Ipswich in the FA Cup.
Southampton are 3rd top of the Premier League with 37 points from their 21 games, and they have only conceded 15 goals in the league, and that’s the best defensive record in English football, and of course former Newcastle youngster – 6’7″ tall Fraser Forster – will be in goal for the Saints on Saturday.
We are catching Southampton after they had a game last night in the FA Cup 3rd round at Ipswich Town, which they won 1-0 and they beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford last Sunday.
But they will be short of midfielder Victor Wanyama, who pulled a hamstring last night just before half time, and also Morgan Schneiderlin is out with an abductor injury, and center-back Toby Alderweireld is also out with a hamstring injury.
So we are catching the Saints with three of their best players missing through injury, and therefore we must have a decent chance of taking something out of the game.
There’s a two week break before our next game so bottom line – a win would be terrific and a defeat would be terrible.
Expectations are not high that we can get a win.
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