Premier League Preview: Newcastle - Southampton

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 miss the win in the Ukraine but could be recalled for the visit of Southampton.

Cheick 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 to take on the Magpies, 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 has 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, the result occurring in September against Aston Villa.

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

  • Southampton hasn’t won in its last nine games played on Tyneside. Its last victory there 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.

  • Seven of Rickie Lambert’s 11 goals this campaign have come away from St Mary’s.