Newcastle v Southampton – Premier League match preview

Newcastle vs Southampton
Newcastle vs Southampton
Newcastle fans were treated to a rare yet brilliant victory at Old Trafford last Saturday lunchtime.

Alan Pardew was victorious at the home of the Red Devils as Newcastle United Manager, something that hasn’t been achieved for 41 years. Pardew has been labelled as a big head before but on this occasion I think we can allow him some bragging rights, we were sensational.

Next up is a tricky home fixture against in form Southampton. They are a Club that have gone through a very positive transition in the last year or so and have looked excellent this season. They have found themselves in the top 4 at times this period, worlds apart from the team that were playing League One football a couple of years ago.

Alan Pardew will face his former club, who still feels bitter over his dismissal after winning the club The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. The Londoner will hope for a similar outcome to last seasons 4-2 victory at St James’ Park in which Cisse scored an absolute screamer.


Victor Wanyama, Nathaniel Clyne, Morgan Schneiderlin, Artur Boruc and Guly do Prado all of missed the 1-1 home draw with Manchester City last Saturday. It is to seen whether any of the players will return to the squad when they venture to the North East.

Newcastle United:

Yohan Cabaye’s booking at Old Trafford was the Frenchman’s 5th of the season, so he is forced to sit Southampton’s visit out. Other than that there are fresh injury concerns and we should almost be at full strength although Moussa Sissoko is treading thin ice and is only a booking away from a suspension of his own.


We have a good home record against the Saints, winning 15 of the last 20 played at St James’ Park. Including last seasons comfortable 4-2 victory.

Southampton did beat us last season at their place prior to our 4-2 victory at our place, that was under then Manager Nigel Adkins. It was not a memorable afternoon for the travelling fans who saw Newcastle beaten 2-0.

Match stats and facts…

Southampton boast the second best defensive record away from home in the country. Only Arsenal have conceded less than Soton’s 8 on the road.

Victory for Newcastle would make it their fourth win in a row at St James’ Park.

Southampton have only beat Newcastle twice in the last 20 attempts at St James’.

Final thought…

Southampton are in good form and will fancy themselves to fight the likes of Newcastle to challenge for European spots come the end of the season. They will also come to Tyneside believing they can come away with something.

Mauricio Pochettino has done an excellent job during his short reign and will come and have a right go against a team that have leaked goals for fun this season.

I think it will be close, I think it will be difficult but I expect us to edge this one….just!

Howay the lads!

Date: Saturday, 14th December, 2013

Time: 15.00pm

Venue: St James’ Park

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45 thoughts on “Newcastle v Southampton – Premier League match preview

  1. can I just say there are NO fresh injury concerns that we know of anyway.
    slight typo there mate ๐Ÿ˜†


  2. With Cabs out I’d quite like to see a team line up like this
    -Ben Arfa—Sissoko–Gouffran-


  3. Thanks Toonsy.
    No idea how this will pan out, we could play a blinder like at OT or fall to bits like the Swansea game, just never know with our lot. Saints are looking a really tidy side lately, I think they will have a lot of the ball and I have a feeling Pards will set us up to counter attack even though we are at home. I hope I’m wrong I want to see us really take the game to them, we are the home team after all. Gonna be a glass half full girl and go for a 2.1 result, Cisse to break his duck as a sub. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  4. Andy
    Can’t see Anita being left out of the side. Toss up between Shola and Benny. Shola will get a hour


  5. Kim – it’s not that they will have more possession so much, but more that they press the ball well and will deny us time and space to play our game.
    They are well drilled at that and have fine players to finish off any steals that they get.
    Our passing and moving will need to be top draw and our energy levels high.
    Play like we did at Swansea and we will get beat. As simple as that.


  6. Anita will have to play, for his short passing ability.
    He is our key man for this game. imho ๐Ÿ˜†


  7. It should be an interesting game. I haven’t seen Southampton play much this season, but from what I’ve seen they seem to be a more clinical Swansea, though more counter-attacking. They also look well organised in defence.

    It’s been a great season so far (if you ignore all the bad things ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜† :lol:) [that’s a reference to the thoughts of a wum poster from the last thread in case you missed it ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ] In fact, if you ignore all the goals we’ve conceded, we’ve had a clean sheet in every game.

    A clean sheet would be a good result tonight.

    Howay le lads.


  8. Good preview ๐Ÿ˜‰ im gunning for Benny to get a start ๐Ÿ˜‰ yeah I know Anita is a good player etc but I fancy Benny to cause loads of problems.
    I predict a narrow win but would be happy with a point


  9. I’m not making predictions because it might back fire on me. I thought we would get slaughtered by Manu and I am enjoying the winning imo.


  10. @brisvegas

    You can name me as the wum bris. I’m not sure why you think i’m a wum, perhaps you can point the reasons out?

    You post sounds like you’re being sarcastic & that your true feeling is that this season has been a bad one.

    I’m not a fan of pardew but even i can hold my handz up & say that some of his results have bedn very impressive.


  11. If southampton play with the same energy that they have done this season, they could be the hardest team to beat so far for us.

    First half against everton & second half against spurs have been the most difficult games this season. Southampton can play close to 100% for almost 90mins.

    I’d expect every one of our players to be knackered after the game.


  12. Kim & TLR
    Would have thought people would want Benny to start after putting in a really good performance last weekend. Anita is a tidy player but think with Tiote in form anchoring the midfield we should be okay. I don’t mean that he’s the creator, just that he can break up play and give it to more creative players ie Benny or Debuchy.


  13. I’d expect anita to start so that leaves ben arfa, cisse or shola to start.

    I imagine a centre midfield pairing of tiote & anita lacking some creativity so ben arfa should play centrally just behind remy.

    Alternatively shola could hold the ball up & flick it on for remy, gouffran & sissoko.

    I guess shola would be the safer option & pardew will bring ben arfa on in the second half.


  14. Formation, tactics & team selection is less important than the mentality of the players.

    This is a very difficult game for us so we’d better not turn up & just think we’ll win. The whole team needs to be focused & determined to win the ball & keep.


  15. Pards will probably play the usual 442 with toto and Anita at CM and Shola up with Remy. Will Pards play Benny instead of Sissoko (one yellow away from a ban)?


  16. Tough one this. They do play well away from home as they keep the ball well and press high up the pitch.

    Fancy a tight one – maybe 1-1


  17. Bound to win cos I’ll be there, what could possibly go wrong.

    Jay if ya about I’ll text in ya in the morning to meet at The Percy as too pissed to press the reet buttons now…at least that’s wor lass has just telt me ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜†


  18. Predicts we will lose if ben afra starts, i find it laughable peeps even surjesting it against a team that holds onto the ball for long periods .


  19. โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”-Krulโ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”-
    -Anita โ€”Sissokoโ€“Gouffran-


  20. Howay Batty. Don’t fall in the trap of some on here, who us to lose so they can shout for Pardews sacking. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Southampton are on the slide and we are on the up.


    i would not underestimate saints meself bud,they play decent football and are certainly capeable of hurting you.Tiote will be the key to the game imho


  22. @TAE

    No doubt the Southampton fans will be calling for Nigel Adkins to be sacked if they get beat. Just like some of the toon fans will be shouting for Pards’ head if we get beat. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ


  23. Will be tough today, Southampton will be looking to bounce back after losing to a load of shite like them villa twats.


  24. One thing we’ll find out for sure today is how we can perform against a top team without our supposed playmaker Cabaye.
    I can see a tough hard fought game, where we will need to be at our best for the whole 90 minutes. Fancy a 2-2 draw, or even the toon sneaking a win.


  25. It’s too hard to call. It will depend on which team wants to win more.

    Southampton like to win the ball high up the pitch. We will probably start with colo & williamson (both are slow). That probably means that we will be on the backfoot defending for our lives.

    When we do get the ball it will have to be a very quick counter attack or hoofball to ameobi so that we get a moment of breathing space.

    I don’t think we will lose if ben arfa plays. Southampton can keep the ball well but ben arfa can keep it better than most. If he gets 2 or 3 players surroundinvg him before passing it to one of our players we will outnumber them.

    Alot of ben arfa’s work goes unnoticed.

    I have no problem if ben arfa or shola starts. The game will depend more on the players desire to win.


  26. KK , that’s the thing though KK, If Benny gets 3 on him everytime he goes forward with it he needs to pass it quickly to release Remy/ Shola whilst we have 2 or 3 of theirs out of position. Too often he tries to keep hold of it all the way but as good a player as he is it’s pretty much impossible to keep it that long with 3 on you.


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