Sammy Ameobi may oust Yoan Gouffran from the starting line-up today, as John Carver will play an attacking side against Southampton at St. James’ Park, but more readers think we will lose this game than win it.
John Carver – can he get his first win as caretaker manager
Newcastle are catching Southampton at a time when they will be missing three of their best players, with Victor Wanyama, Morgan Schneiderlin and Toby Alderweireld all missing the game today with injury, but the Saints will still be able to field a strong side.
Newcastle are without Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote, who are at the African Cup of Nations and that tournament starts tomorrow in Equatorial Guinea.
We still have 10 injured players out, and remain at the top of the Premier League Injury table, where we’ve been for most of the season.
With Newcastle having played very well in that first half last weekend at Stamford Bridge, and given a decent display in the final 45 minutes, we don’t see many changes being made to the starting eleven, and this is the side we think John Carver will start today in the late kickoff game:
Janmaat Williamson Coloccini (c) Dummett
Colback Sissoko Anita
Cabella Perez Ameobi
Subs: Woodman Santon Haidara Satka Vuckic Abeid Riviere
Our last win was at home to Everton on 28th December by 3-2, when we held on to get all 3 points, and that turned out to be Alan Pardew’s last game in charge, after four years with the club.
And Newcastle have a two week break before our next game in two weeks at Hull, because we managed to lose in the 3rd round of the FA Cup at Leicester and that was the fourth time in five years we have gone out at the very first hurdle. 🙁
Newcastle will be off to Dubai after the game for a warm winter break – so it’s important we get a win today.
But that may not be likely, although support has been coming in for Newcastle after the news of the Saints’ injuries, and after 1,000 votes a couple of days ago, only 20% thought we could win this game.
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