By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Newcastle United travel to Southampton on Saturday in the Barclays Premier League (3pm kick-off).
Following the international break, the Magpies go into the fixture at St. Mary's Stadium on the back of a rollercoaster 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace, in which they twice came from behind to level and took the lead late on, only to be pegged back in injury-time.
The Saints, who have undergone big changes in management and playing personnel over the summer, were 3-1 winners at West Ham United.
When the sides met last season, they played out a 1-1 draw on Tyneside in December, before United suffered a disappointing 4-0 defeat in Hampshire at the end of March.
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Saturday's meeting is the 89th match between the two clubs, and the 77th in the league
Newcastle have sold out their allocation for this fixture.
29th March, 2014 - Southampton 4 (Rodriguez 45, 89; Lambert 49, Lallana 70) Newcastle 0
Southampton (4-2-3-1): Artur Boruc; Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Jose Fonte, Luke Shaw; James Ward-Prowse, Jack Cork; Steven Davis (Morgan Schneiderlin 73), Adam Lallana (Sam Gallagher 90), Jay Rodriguez; Rickie Lambert (Gaston Ramirez 83)
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Davide Santon 46), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Massadio Haidara; Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita; Moussa Sissoko (Paul Dummett 78), Hatem Ben Arfa (Luuk de Jong 46), Yoan Gouffran; Papiss Cisse
FULL RECORD v SOUTHAMPTON
P88 W35 D20 L33 F131 A121
(Last six games - all competitions)
Southampton - WWDLLW
Newcastle - DWDLWD
Southampton (v West Ham, Premier League): Fraser Forster; Nathaniel Clyne, Maya Yoshida, Jose Fonte, Ryan Bertrand; Steven Davis, Morgan Schneiderlin, James Ward-Prowse (Jack Cork 71), Dusan Tadic; Shane Long (Gaston Ramirez 66), Graziano Pelle
Not used: Kelvin Davis, Florin Gardos, Jos Hooiveld, Victor Wanyama, Emmanuel Mayuka
Newcastle (v Crystal Palace, Premier League): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat (Vurnon Anita 79), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Jack Colback; Remy Cabella, Siem de Jong (Ayoze Perez 79), Yoan Gouffran (Rolando Aarons 67); Emmanuel Riviere
Not used: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Steven Taylor, Gabriel Obertan
Southampton - Deadline day signings Sadio Mane and Toby Alderweireld could make their Saints debuts, but Ronald Koeman's men will still be without England international Jay Rodriguez (knee) and Sam Gallagher (knee).
Newcastle - Midfielder Cheick Tiote could be involved for United for the first time this season after returning from international duty unscathed, while Jack Colback has recovered from a calf complaint which kept him sidelined for England. However, the Magpies will be without Siem de Jong (thigh), Facundo Ferreyra (back), Rolando Aarons (hamstring) and Davide Santon (knee), while Ryan Taylor and Papiss Cisse are both progressing well following knee injuries but this match comes too soon for them.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Ronald Koeman, Southampton manager: "Newcastle didn't have a good start to the season. They have good players, good quality players and I know a lot about the Dutch players who play for Newcastle. Maybe there's a little bit more pressure on them to win finally but I like to see more what my team has to do to win against them. That is in my opinion more important."
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "We've done well at home against Southampton, but away from home, both times, we've been well beaten, if I'm honest. Therefore I'm looking for a much better showing. It's a fantastic club - the fans there are brilliant - and I'm looking forward to seeing a few old friends but, more importantly, I'm hoping my team plays with greater urgency than it did the last two times."
Chris Foy (Lancashire): 2014/15 record - 2 games, 6 yellow cards, 2 red cards
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DID YOU KNOW?
United have never kept a clean sheet at Southampton in the Premier League era. Their last shut out at the Saints in the league was back in the 1968/69 campaign when the likes of Willie McFaul, Frank Clark and Bob Moncur kept the Hampshire hosts at bay.