Newcastle United v Southampton - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Saturday 14th December 2013 at 15:00. Venue: St. James' Park, Newcastle.

Odds: Newcastle United 7/5, Draw 11/5, Southampton 12/5

Last season: 4-2

Preview & injury news

Newcastle will be going into this game on a real high, even if their hero from their win over Manchester United, Yohan Cabaye is suspended. After suffering defeat at the hands of Swansea, they responded in the best possible way three days later by winning at Old Trafford for the first time in 41 years to put them into 7th place in the league and only three points behind a Champions League place. Southampton managed to end a run of three consecutive defeats last time out by getting a draw at home to Manchester City which leaves them in 8th, three points behind Newcastle but due to their better goal difference, a win for the Saints will take them above their opponents in the table.

On the injury front Newcastle are only missing two individuals in Ryan Taylor who has a long road to recovery following a cruciate ligament injury he suffered, whilst Mathieu Debuchy is out with a thigh injury. Southampton have a few more injury problems than their opponents. After having none for a while they seemed to come along at once for Mauricio Pochettino's men. Two of his goalkeepers in Artur Boruc and Kelvin Davis are still out with a broken hand and a back injury respectively, Victor Wanyama is out for a month with a calf problem whilst Morgan Schneiderlin has a groin problem. Danny Fox and Nathaniel Clyne both have hamstring problems whilst Guly Do Prado is due back in the New Year as he recovers from a knee injury.

Key stats

Loic Remy is Newcastle United's top scorer in the league this season with eight goals.

Jay Rodriguez is Southampton's top scorer in the league this season with five goals.

Newcastle United had 53% possession in their last league match, a 1-0 win away to Manchester United

Southampton had 55% possession in their last league match, a 1-1 draw at home to Manchester City.

5 players to watch

Cheick Tiote - With Southampton pressing so high up the field, Tiote could be the perfect midfielder to offer that little bit of bite in the middle to stop the visitors building up a head of steam.

Dani Osvaldo - Last week we saw flashes of the Osvaldo that Southampton paid so much money for with a wonderful goal against Manchester City. The question is can he now go on a run resulting in us seeing more of these qualities.

Moussa Sissoko - Cabaye may get all the headlines in the middle of the park for Newcastle but no-one should overlook the work that Sissoko does in the middle of the park. A good passer of the ball, energetic and has a good end product. He's going to be a handful for Southampton to deal with.

Steven Davis - A hard worker in the Southampton side who stepped up last week in the absence of several key players in the middle of the park, and the Saints could do with a similar performance from Davis, here. 

Loic Remy - He may have gone a couple of goals without finding the net, but Newcastle's top scorer is still a massive threat and heavily involved in a lot of their attacking play. 

Last time they met

Newcastle 4-2 Southampton, Premier League February 2013

A terrific game between two sides trying to avoid relegation. Morgan Schneidlerlin gave Southampton a third minute lead by drilling home a Rickie Lambert knockdown but that was cancelled out half an hour later by Moussa Sissoko who put in the rebound after a Yoan Gouffran shot was saved. Newcastle took the lead shortly before the interval with a wonderful dipping half volley but it was cancelled out five minutes after the break by Rickie Lambert, who turned in Adam Lallana's cross. Newcastle were awarded a penalty midway through the second half for a handball by Danny Fox, a spot kick which was scored by Yohan Cabaye before an own goal from Jos Hooiveld rounded off the scoring.

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