Predicted Saints - Newcastle line-ups: Will Mane start?

St Marys Southampton

As Southampton prepare to host Newcastle United for a Premier League encounter at St Marys, Alan Dawson predicts each side's starting XI.

Southampton were the victims of their own success last season as, following on from their eighth-place finish in the Premier League table last term, they were the victims of a summer raid as Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United looted them of some of their top talents.

The South Coast club, though, adopted their own successful recruitment policy and bolstered their squad with two deadline day acquisitions who could be set to make their debuts soon in winger Sadio Mane from Red Bull Salzburg and loan signing Toby Alderweireld, a highly-thought of defender who arrived from Atletico Madrid.

There is currently ambiguity over Mane's potential involvement as the Senegalese athlete requires a work permit but the £10 million signing is expected to still feature, with the Daily Mail listing him as one of ten players likely to make debuts this weekend.

Joining him in the Southampton starting XI could be fellow summer transfer Alderweireld, who would represent a brave selection from manager Ronald Koeman as, thus far, Southampton have conceded just three goals and so the Dutchman would effectively be breaking up a defence that has proven to be stable.

Other than those two… the Saints side for the Newcastle United match-up on Saturday at 15:00 at St Marys Stadium will largely remain unchanged.

Newcastle United, meanwhile, will have to compensate for the loss of Siem de Jong; their Dutch forward who could be sidelined for a number of months due to a thigh injury.

One of the revelations in the Magpies's season to date, though, is the ability of Rolando Aarons on the left flank.

In two substitute appearances to date this season, the 18-year-old Jamaican has already been responsible for four successful dribbles and has returned one goal from six shots. He could have been in line to make his first start of the Premier League campaign, but is out injured so Gouffran likely keeps his place.

Right back Janmaat is enjoying mainstay status as the man signed to replace Mathieu Debuchy looks to be a shrewd buy having notched four tackles, five clearances, two interceptions, an 82% passing accuracy whilst also producing two clear cut goal-scoring opportunities and a goal from just two shots.

Aside from de Jong's absence and the inclusion of young Aarons, Newcastle will continue with their recent line-ups.

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