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Premier League

  • 24 February 2013
  • • 13:30
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Referee: C. Foy
  • • Attendance: 52259

Newcastle - Southampton Preview: Pochettino's side look for first win on Tyneside since 1997

The Magpies are looking for just their second win at home in 2013, following victory over Chelsea, while the Saints are hoping to build momentum after beating Manchester City



Debuchy, Taylor, Coloccini, Santon
Gutierrez, Cabaye, Tiote, Gouffran

Clyne, Hooiveld, Yoshida, Shaw
Puncheon, Davis, Schneiderlin, Lallana
Rodriguez, Lambert

Alan Pardew may ring the changes after his side’s 1-0 win over Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League. Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor and Davide Santon missed the win in the Ukraine but could be recalled for the visit of Southampton.

First-choice goalkeeper Tim Krul has been sidelined for up to five weeks after damaging his ankle during Thursday's win, with Rob Elliot likely to deputise.

Cheikh Tiote (illness) was also out but he should be fit in time for Sunday. Yoan Gouffran (shin) could also be available after his injury turned out to be less severe than first thought.

Mauricio Pochettino could be tempted to stick with the same team that beat Manchester City, however, both Luke Shaw and Gaston Ramirez could return from respective knocks that kept them out of the clash with the reigning champions, boosting the Argentine's options.

Jose Fonte and Guly do Prado (both knee) are also set to recover in time, with January signing Vegard Forren still waiting for a chance to impress. Adam Lallana could also be in the mix for a start after finding himself on the bench against City.

  • Newcastle have won just once at home in 2013, however, that one victory came against Chelsea last time out at St James’ Park.

  • In their 13 games at home this season the Magpies have drawn just once, back in September against Aston Villa.

  • Since the departure of Demba Ba (pictured right) in early January, the north-east outfit have managed to score just eight goals in all competitions.

  • Southampton have not won in their last nine games played on Tyneside. Their last victory at St James' Park came in March 1997.

  • The Saints have won just twice on the road in the Premier League this term, the last of which came against Villa last month.



Players to watch

M. Sissoko

Position: Midfielder

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The 23-year-old has brought new energy to the Newcastle team since his arrival and has the ability to change games in an instant. He inspired his side to victory over Chelsea and also played a pivotal role in their win over Aston Villa, and therefore Southampton will need to neutralise his threat if they want to get anything out of this game.

R. Lambert

Position: Attacker

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Newcastle have shown a slight fragility at the back this season and Lambert is one man who can surely exploit that with his physical presence. The forward has also proven his deadly finishing and has demonstrated the ability to bring other key players into the game. If allowed to dictate the play, he can be a potential winner for the Saints.

Editor's Prediction

Both clubs will be on highs following big wins in their last league games, however the teams have also both been inconsistent this term. Newcastle may feel the effects of the Europa League exploits and a well-rested Southampton side looking to push away from the drop zone could make it a tricky afternoon for them.

Last Five Matches

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