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Southampton v Newcastle: Three Changes

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Hatem Ben Arfa, Massadio Haidara and Rob Elliot all start for Newcastle away at Southampton

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At St. Mary's Stadium


Alan Pardew has made three changes to his Newcastle United starting line-up as the Magpies travel to Southampton in the Barclays Premier League.

Forward Hatem Ben Arfa, full-back Massadio Haidara and goalkeeper Rob Elliot are all handed starting spots at St. Mary's Stadium.

They replace Tim Krul, who picked up a knee injury against Everton in midweek, Luuk de Jong and Paul Dummett - who both drop down to the substitutes' bench.

For Elliot, it is a first top flight appearance of the campaign, having been deployed twice in the cup competitions, while Haidara makes his first Premier League start of the season.

Ben Arfa starts a game for the first time in seven weeks.

United are expected to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, as they go in search of an eighth league away win of the campaign.

Former Charlton stopper Elliot will be protected by a back four of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mike Williamson, captain Fabricio Coloccini and Haidara.

Cheick Tiote and Vurnon Anita will anchor the engine room, with Moussa Sissoko, Ben Arfa and Yoan Gouffran in front of them.

And that trio will be expected to provide the ammunition for Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse, who leads the line on his own.

Joining Dummett and de Jong on the substitutes' bench, there is a place for Davide Santon, who has been ruled out for the least few weeks by injury and illness.

Also named among the replacements are Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Steven Taylor and Jak Alnwick.


Southampton (4-2-3-1): Artur Boruc; Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Jose Fonte, Luke Shaw; James Ward-Prowse, Jack Cork; Steven Davis, Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez; Rickie Lambert

Substitutes: Paulo Gazzaniga, Jos Hooiveld, Harrison Reed, Morgan Schneiderlin, Gaston Ramires, Guly do Prado, Sam Gallagher


Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Massadio Haidara; Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita; Moussa Sissoko, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yoan Gouffran; Papiss Cisse

Substitutes: Jak Alnwick, Paul Dummett, Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, Dan Gosling, Luuk de Jong, Shola Ameobi


Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)