Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(43) 21 Goals 35 (45)
(23) 9 Assists 15 (24)
(6.6) 6.8 Average Ratings 6.8 (6.6)
27.5 Average Age 27.7
181.1 Average Height (cm) 183.3
(1.1) 1.2 Shots pg 1 (1)
(49%) 45% Aerial Duel Success 51% (50%)
(0.8) 0.8 Dribbles pg 0.5 (0.4)
(1.8) 1.3 Tackles pg 1.4 (1.8)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Haris Vuckic Out N/A
Ryan Taylor Out 6.54
Dan Gosling Out 6.1
Yoan Gouffran Doubtful 6.75
Yohan Cabaye Doubtful 7.2
Hatem Ben Arfa Doubtful 7.07
Davide Santon Doubtful 6.95
Tim Krul Doubtful 6.7
Sammy Ameobi Doubtful 6.38
Cheick Tioté Doubtful 6.85
Player Reason Status Rating
Guly Doubtful 6.36
Jose Fonte Doubtful 6.94
Gastón Ramírez Doubtful 6.9
Luke Shaw Doubtful 6.97

Team News

  • The likes of Tiote, Santon, Gouffran, Debuchy and Sammy Ameobi were all left out of Europa Cup action but should return to contention.
  • Hatem Ben Arfa has returned to training but may not be rushed back just yet, while Cabaye and Krul both picked up knocks on Thursday and will be assessed prior to kick-off.
  • The French duo of Yanga-Mbiwa and Haidara, who made his debut against Metalist, impressed in helping to keep a clean sheet and could be rewarded with starts.
  • Jose Fonte could be back in contention having been out of action in the New Year with a knee injury, while Ramirez and Shaw should be back in contention.
  • Pochettino may well, however, name the same XI that picked up a memorable 3-1 win over Southampton last time out.
  • In that case the likes of Hooiveld, Fox and Davis will keep their places in the starting line-up.

Prediction

  • Newcastle are unbeaten (winning 7) in their last 8 home games against Southampton, only failing to score once in one of the previous 12 matches between the sides at St. James' Park.
  • Southampton, however, look like a side that are capable of avoiding relegation comfortably since Pochettino took charge, putting in impressive performances against the likes of United and Everton culminating in the win over City last time out.
  • The hosts fielded a strong team in the Europa League on Thursday and face a long trip back from the Ukraine so their record at home against the Saints could be in danger this weekend.
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