North travels South today as two teams from opposing ends of the country face each other at St Mary’s Stadium this afternoon.
The difference in geographical location is however a complete opposite when you look at the close proximity of these two sides in the league table.
Realistically one of us is going to finish 8th and one of us is going to finish 9th. It’s just a matter of who finishes above the other and I get the feeling that the game this afternoon will have a rather large bearing on the answer to that particular question come the end of the season.
Later than I would have liked, but last night I did indeed publish a match preview which can be viewed here. It details a history of the fixture, news of injury concerns from both sides, some stats and some associated waffling so take a look if you haven’t already done so.
You all know the drill with regard to live TV transmission of kick-off at this time here in the UK so once again a lot of people will be looking for streams. The good news is that some overseas channels are showing the game so finding a stream shouldn’t be too much of an issue. You can find links in the ‘comments’ section below.
Team news will be added in below as and when I can get to it but it shouldn’t be too much after 2pm although someone will always post it in the comments far quicker than my ageing hands can get around a keyboard.
Howay the lads!
Southampton: Artur Boruc, Calum Chambers, Jose Fonte, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw, Jack Cork, Steven Davis, James Ward-Prowse, Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez, Rickie Lambert
Subs: Paulo Gazzaniga, Morgan Schneiderlin, Gaston Ramírez, Guly do Prado, Jos Hooiveld, Harrison Reed, Sam Gallagher
Newcastle: Rob Elliot; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Massadio Haïdara; Vurnon Anita, Cheik Tioté; Moussa Sissoko, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yoan Gouffran; Papiss Cissé
Subs: Jak Alnwick, Davide Santon, Paul Dummett, Steven Taylor, Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Luuk de Jong.