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Poll – How Will Newcastle Fare Against Southampton On Saturday?



Can Newcastle carry the momentum from Tuesday’s FA Cup win to St Mary’s on Saturday? The FA Cup victory provided Magpie fans with some entertaining football as well as some excellent goals. Those have been in short supply in the Premier League of late.

Steve Bruce was reluctantly forced to loosen the chains against Burnley as he switched to a back four to add another player in attack. The result of which was an improved performance. However, it was against West Brom that we saw the potential this new system has.

Newcastle need to build on their performance to get back on track in the league where we’ve floundered over the past few months. Now we’ll face a Southampton side that sits just one place and two points above us in the league.


Newcastle won the home fixture 2-1 with a dramatic finish from Federico Fernandez. That was also the match where we lost Allan Saint-Maximin to his second hamstring injury. Both clubs’ fortunes began to change after that match.

The Saints picked up some steam during the holiday fixtures going unbeaten in five games earning 13 of a possible 15 points. That saw them fly by Newcastle in the league as our form took a drastic turn downward during the festive period.

Southampton have cooled off a bit losing 3 of their last 4 in the league, including a 3-1 loss to West Ham last weekend. Meanwhile, we are still looking for our first league win since the smash and grab against Chelsea six weeks ago.

We’ve also failed to score in our last four, as many fans are acutely aware of. The win on Tuesday will hopefully be the spark to set us off on a run up the table.

How Will Newcastle Fare Against Southampton On Saturday?

  • Win (45%, 703 )
  • Loss (29%, 458 )
  • Draw (26%, 405 )

Total Voters: 1,566

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26 comments so far

  • Jib

    Mar 5, 2020 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Hayden and Ritchie to return I would think

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 5, 2020 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #2

    It kicked Southampton into gear as they couldn’t believe they lost to us after pounding us for most of the game!

    Hopefully we keep the 4231 at the weekend I suppose the conundrum might be the personnel asked to play?

    Will he go with Gayle up front shifting Joelinton out wide? Will ASM or Valentino make way for someone like Richie?

    Would quite like to see the front 4 that started against West Brom start against Southampton means you have Gayle to come off the bench and possibly Richie if needed

    2
  • Jib

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Dubs
    Manquillo Lascelles Schar Rose
    Ritchie Hayden Shelvey ASM
    Miggy Joelinton

    0
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Did anyone watch Wednesday City last night?

    How did Murphy do? Seen his performances have picked up recently in the league might get another chance in pre season

    1
  • Jib

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #5

    The bench will be important to maintain 2nd half momentum
    Lazaro Longstaff and Gayle to come on at some stage

    1
  • Jib

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #6

    There was a moment first half where Jacob looked
    like he was going to take a free kick and Bannan took
    it instead and skyed it.
    Murphy’s head dropped after that

    0
  • Jib

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #7

    Should have said he looked very lively before that

    1
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #8

    toon22
    Has Jabba been jailed yet ?
    Maybe tomorrow?
    What about Easter ?

    Summer ?
    Next year ?

    5
  • RobLeenio

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Wor Flags
    @worflags
    We appreciate the messages tonight, but we shouldn’t be needed for an FA Cup Quarter Final to help the atmosphere. If you are in the ground, you have a duty to make it horrible for Man City and sing your heart out.

    What a shame, though I can appreciate their motives for staying away. It’s not like the actual club have encouraged them recently.

    5
  • RobLeenio

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #10

    kessy nufc
    @kestrel1971
    That’s correct stay away. Can’t have people jumping on the cup band wagon now. Everyone who went to the Rochdale/Oxford games should have priority #nufc

    This is an interesting perspective. There were 52,000 at the Oxford match, around 30k (including 3 of the RobLeenio clan) off the top of my head at the Rochdale game. Not much noise at either one.

    So, do we want the noisiest, most passionate and committed fans at the ground vs City or reward those who supported the team on a cold windy night in the early rounds?

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #11

    Jail from earlier re Krul’s penalty prowess, I hadn’t realised that the Dutch bringing him on was a mind-game of sorts. I wonder if he had actually been preparing separately to the other two Dutch squad keepers, knowing that in the event of a shoot-out he would be subbed in and having been able to concentrate on training vs penalties all week?

    Still, he seemed very well prepared last night, with notes apparently written on his water bottle. Whether his skill comes from natural ability and good reactions or dedication to preparing the best way he can, it’s commendable.

    1
  • Jib

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #12
  • #cans

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #13

    Kruls skill in shootouts is mainly down to mind games – he’s not very good at saving penalties overall

    1
  • #cans

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #14

    Jib – not even slightly, was also mentioned on bbc – ref didn’t pull him up so fair play to him, got to get away with what you’re allowed to

    1
  • Just a fan

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #15

    For me.mick Mahoney was our best penalty saver.
    Have no stats to back this one way or the other.

    3
  • IrishRob

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #16

    I think he will play Bentaleb judgin6by hoe much he improved in the last game, same with Rose big improvement in the last game. I dont think he will play Richie ahead of Lazaro or Rose, his days could be numbered.

    I think were gonna see near enough the same team as Tuesday night. With him bringing in only one of either Hayden or Shelvey, And Dubs for Darlow.

    0
  • Do One Dinosaur ©

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #17

    Mick Mahoney super goalie
    Sha la la la la Raaaaaaaaaarggggh!

    6
  • IrishRob

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #18

    No way in hell hes playing Richie on the right instead of Lazaro Jib. I’ll eat my hat if I’m wrong.

    3
  • Do One Dinosaur ©

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #19

    Tim Krul took a more advanced position than a panzer division in WW2

    2
  • Do One Dinosaur ©

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #20

    I’ve already eaten my hat chomp chomp chomp

    0
  • Do One Dinosaur ©

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #21

    In anticipation I’ve written our cup final song…..

    Sunderland
    Whats the score?
    Everyone Do one Dinosaur

    Credits to Was not Was

    3
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #22

    I can see why Richie was brought in against Burnley as it was a game against bruisers and his battling qualities were needed although would have taken him off for ASM earlier

    But against Southampton its going to be all about pace and power which the front 4 had against West Brom just think Richie would slow the game down to much

    The midfield 2 behind Almiron is going to be key the way Almiron plays its like having an extra guy in the middle of the field like Kante because of the ground he covers Hayden has to be in there for the dirty work but its really going to be interesting to see who gets the other place!

    Out of all our other midfielders the one who seems to have the pace , work rate and eye for goal that would do best would be Matty but I think Shelvey will get the nod which to be honest I am quite excited to see how his passing will do with a very mobile front 4 which is something hes never really had to aim for in his time at the Toon

    3
  • IrishRob

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #23

    That’s how Krul always saves penalties hes always wayyyy off his line, I do not have a clue how he manages to get away with it. He also leaps forward towards the ball, massively cutting off the angles which makes the goal far smaller.

    The problem with does this though is it cuts his reaction time in half which means he has to guess right or it’s a tap in.

    3
  • Do One Dinosaur ©

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #24

    ………nurse,nurse I can feel the meds kicking in. Aaaaaaarrrghh.

    See you later

    1
  • Jib

    Mar 5, 2020 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #25

    IrishRob
    Your hat is safe
    I had a brain fart
    Completely forgot about Valentino
    then tried to bluff it
    😛

    2
  • Jib

    Mar 5, 2020 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #26

    Quiz Q
    Which footy player born in Wallsend and
    played for WBay&Monkseaton ,The Toon
    and Ashington – has a connection to
    the Beatles ?

    1


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