Newcastle v Southampton: Debuts For Duo
Written by Newcastle Utd
Georginio Wijnaldum and Chancel Mbemba will make their competitive debuts as Newcastle face Southampton
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At St. James' Park
Georginio Wijnaldum and Chancel Mbemba will make their competitive debuts as Newcastle United kick-off their 2015/16 Barclays Premier League campaign at home against Southampton (1.30pm kick-off).
The duo arrived in the summer from PSV Eindhoven and Anderlecht respectively, and new head coach Steve McClaren has opted to start them as the Saints come to St. James' Park.
The Magpies' third new boy - Serbian international striker Aleksandar Mitrovic - takes up a place on the substitutes' bench.
And they will be tasked with supplying the ammunition for Senegalese hot shot Cisse, who finished last season as Newcastle's top scorer with 11 goals.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Chanel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback; Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum, Gabriel Obertan; Papiss Cisse
Southampton (4-2-3-1): Maarten Stekelenburg; Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte (c),Maya Yoshida, Matt Targett; Victor Wanyama, Steven Davis; Sadio Mane, Jay Rodriguez, Dusan Tadic; Graziano Pelle
Substitutes: Paulo Gazzaniga, Cuco Martina, Steven Caulker, James Ward-Prowse, Harrison Reed, Juanmi, Shane Long
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)