By Tom Easterby
Newcastle United make the long trip south to face Southampton on Saturday (3pm kick off).
Both sides go into the game on the back of Barclay Premier League defeats, as Mauricio Pochettino's men threw away a two-goal lead at White Hart Lane in last weekend's 3-2 loss at Tottenham.
The Magpies, meanwhile, were humbled 3-0 at home to Everton on Tuesday night and will be without the injured Tim Krul for the game at St. Mary's. The Dutch gloveman has been an ever-present in the league so far this campaign.
The reverse fixture at St. James' Park ended in a 1-1 draw, with Jay Rodriguez cancelling out Yoan Gouffran's 28th-minute opener.
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Saturday's match is the 88th meeting between the two clubs in all competitions, and the 76th in the league. United's last victory at St. Mary's came in the 2004/05 season, when goals from former Saint Alan Shearer and right-back Stephen Carr secured a 2-1 win for Graeme Souness' side.
14th December, 2013 - Newcastle United 1 (Gouffran 28) Southampton 1 (Rodriguez 67)
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon (Massadio Haidara 78); Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran (Hatem Ben Arfa 73); Shola Ameobi (Papiss Cisse 60), Loic Remy
Southampton (4-4-2): Paolo Gazzaniga; Callum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Jos Hooiveld, Luke Shaw; Steven Davis, James Ward-Prowse (Morgan Schneiderlin 46), Jack Cork, Jay Rodriguez (Sam Gallagher 90); Rickie Lambert, Dani Osvaldo (Adam Lallana 46)
FULL RECORD v SOUTHAMPTON
P87 W35 D20 L32 F131 A117
(Last six games - all competitions)
Southampton - LLLWWL
Newcastle - LWWLWL
Southampton (v Tottenham, Premier League): Artur Boruc; Nathaniel Clyne (Callum Chambers 45), Jose Fonte, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw; James Ward-Prowse, Jack Cork; Steven Davis, Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez (Gaston Ramirez 64); Rickie Lambert (Sam Gallagher 90)
Subs not used: Paolo Gazzaniga, Maya Yoshida, Jos Hooiveld, Harrison Reed.
Newcastle (v Everton, Premier League): Tim Krul; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Sylvain Marveaux 75), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran (Shola Ameobi 90); Papiss Cisse, Luuk de Jong (Hatem Ben Arfa 58)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor, Dan Gosling.
Southampton - Jay Rodriguez (15)
Newcastle - Loic Remy (13)
Southampton - Defender Maya Yoshida is ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury sustained in training this week. Saints also have doubts over Morgan Schneiderlin (pelvis), Victor Wanayama (calf), Nathaniel Clyn (groin), Steven Davis (groin) and Jay Rodriguez (knee). Goalkeeper Kelvin Davis remains sidelined by a back complaint.
Newcastle - Goalkeeper Tim Krul is out with a knee injury, so Rob Elliot will deputise in between the sticks. Davide Santon is back in training following injury and illness but right-back Mathieu Debuchy (groin), winger Sammy Ameobi (ankle) and leading scorer Loic Remy (calf) miss out again for the visitors. Ryan Taylor (knee) and Gabriel Obertan (knee) are both long-term absentees.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Mauricio Pochettino, Southampton manager: "How many teams in the lower half of the table would want to be in our position? The reality of this team is that we've had some problems lately and the whole season has been quite demanding so that's reduced the number of fully-fit players we have, but the motivation is always there. It's clear that we are a young side are we are prone to making mistakes, but we're going to learn from them.
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "They've got some fantastic young players that have come through, the pick of them being Lallana who has, without doubt, improved since he was with me. He's really knocking on the door for England. He has a beauty and grace with the ball. He always had massive talent, and he played some fantastic games for me even though he was a lot younger then and inexperienced. He has a great mentality for the game."
Andre Marriner (West Midlands): 2013/14 record - 33 games, 101 yellow cards, 12 red cards
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This season, Southampton have only won one game against teams in the top half of the Barclays Premier League table.