By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Newcastle United entertain Southampton at St. James' Park in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
The Magpies go into the fixture on the back of a fantastic away win at Old Trafford, thanks to Yohan Cabaye's solitary second-half goal. That was their fifth win in six top flight games.
In contrast, following an impressive start to the campaign, Southampton have struggled of late, triumphing just once in their last seven outings in all competitions.
When these sides met last season it was honours even. The Saints were 2-0 winners in Hampshire, but United secured a 4-2 victory in the reverse fixture in February.
Saturday's meeting is the 87th match between the two clubs, and the 75th in the League.
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24th February, 2013 - Newcastle 4 (Sissoko 33, Cisse 42, Cabaye 67pen, Hooiveld og 79) Southampton 2 (Scheiderlin 3, Lambert 50)
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 45), Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (James Perch 77); Yoan Gouffran (Vurnon Anita 88), Moussa Sissoko, Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse
Southampton (4-2-3-1): Artur Boruc; Nathaniel Clyne, Maya Yoshida, Jos Hooiveld, Luke Shaw (Danny Fox 57); Morgan Schneiderlin, Jack Cork; Jay Rodriguez (Jason Puncheon 81), Steven Davis (Gaston Ramirez 65), Adam Lallana; Rickie Lambert
FULL RECORD v SOUTHAMPTON
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(Last six games - all competitions)
Newcastle - WLWWWW
Southampton - DLLLWL
Newcastle (v Manchester United, Premier League): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 83), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (Shola Ameobi 78); Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy, Yoan Gouffran (Hatem Ben Arfa 57)
Not used: Rob Elliot, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabriel Obertan, Papiss Cisse
Southampton (v Manchester City, Premier League): Paulo Gazzaniga; Calum Chambers, Jose Fonte, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw; Jack Cork, Steven Davis (Harrison Reed 90); Adam Lallana (Gaston Ramirez 85), James Ward-Prowse, Jay Rodriguez; Dani Osvaldo (Rickie Lambert 77)
Not used: Cody Cropper, Jos Hooiveld, Maya Yoshida, Sam Gallagher,
Newcastle - Loic Remy (8)
Southampton - Jay Rodriguez (5)
Newcastle - Yohan Cabaye will miss out as he serves a one-game suspension for accumulating five bookings. Aside from Cabaye and long-term knee injury victim Ryan Taylor, Magpies' boss Alan Pardew has a full squad to select from.
Southampton - The Saints have a lengthy injury list, with Artur Boruc (hand), Kelvin Davis (back), Nathaniel Clyne (hamstring), Guly do Prado (knee), Danny Fox (hamstring) and Victor Wanyama (calf) all ruled out. Midfielder Morgan Scheiderlin is back training following a groin complaint but this game could come too soon for the Frenchman.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "It's a difficult match but one we are really looking forward to on the back of last weekend's result. These are two hard-working teams who will both be set-up to attack. Southampton are very soild when they attack, we are similar and it could make for a cracking game. I felt an injustice when I lost my job at Southampton, but I am looking forward to seeing some of my former players, who have done absolutely brilliantly."
Mauricio Pochettino, Southampton manager: "It's going to be a very important game. We're away from home against a team that has been doing very well of late, so it's going to be very tough - but our main focus is to get the three points. Ending our run of bad results was psychologically important for the team, and we've trained well this week. We have a clear belief in terms of how we want to play, even in defeat. We've stuck to our guns."
Mike Jones (Lancashire): 2013/14 record - 12 games, 32 yellow cards, 1 red card
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DID YOU KNOW?
When the opposition score first, Southampton are yet to win this season. That has happened seven times.