This is the team we think Bruce will send out for today’s match at Southampton. It has five changes from the win at West Brom.
Bruce will likely continue with the formation he implemented against Burnley but will have some tough decisions to make at striker and on the right.
We see him sticking with the Joelinton and Miguel Almiron partnership but bringing Matt Ritchie in for Valentino Lazaro at right wing.
The injury situation has cleared up nicely with only Andy Carroll and Ciaran Clark not available. Both clubs have only three players out or facing a late fitness test.
Andy Carroll – hip, Ciaran Clark – ankle, Emil Krafth – ankle (late fitness test)
Nathan Redmond – thigh, Will Smallbone – illness, Stuart Armstrong – concussion
The win at West Brom on Tuesday has buoyed the fanbase a bit, we think. Our poll for this match has over 70% predicting Newcastle will pick up a result.
Of the 1566 total votes, over 700, or 45%, are picking Newcastle for the win.
Less than a third of the voters think we’ll come away with nothing at St Mary’s. With the way the table is currently a loss or draw would still keep us in 14th place.
A win will only see us jump above Southampton into 13th place. However, it will keep the bottom three at bay for at least another week.
How Will Newcastle Fare Against Southampton On Saturday?
- Win (45%, 703 )
- Loss (29%, 458 )
- Draw (26%, 405 )
Total Voters: 1,566