CONFIRMED: Southampton vs Newcastle line-ups: Alderweireld handed debut

St Marys Southampton

Here is how Southampton and Newcastle will line-up for this afternoon’s match at St. Mary's Stadium...

Southampton starting XI: Forster; Clyne, Fonte, Alderweireld, Bertrand; S. Davis, Cork, Schneiderlin, Tadić; Long, Pellè.

Subs: K. Davis, Yoshida, Gardos, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka, McQueen.

Newcastle United starting XI: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Haidara; Colback, Anita; Cabella, Sissoko, Gouffran; Riviere.

Subs: Elliot, S.Taylor, Tiote, Obertan, Ameobi, Armstrong, Perez.

Alan Pardew returns to St. Mary's Stadium once again this afternoon as his Newcastle side look for their first Premier League win of the season.

The Saints had a turbulent summer with the sales of Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, but have coped well with four points from their first three games, which included a convincing 3-1 win at West Ham United last time out.

Ronald Koeman has chosen not to play usual first choice players Victor Wanyama and James Ward-Prowse today, and whilst Toby Alderweireld has been handed a debut, fellow deadline day addition Sadio Mane has been omitted after returning from international duty late.

Former Saints boss Pardew comes back to the club today in search of their first three points, but will have to do so without new signing Siem de Jong and teenager Rolando Aarons, who are both sidelined through injury. Cheick Tiote returns to the bench after injury whilst striker Emmanuel Riviere is still searching for his first Premier League.

Southampton have lost just one of their last 21 home fixtures against Newcastle, and will be hot favourite to claim the win again today given their impressive recent form and the Magpies' struggles.

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