Confirmed Southampton v Newcastle lineups: Mitrovic and Perez start up front

Southampton Fans

Southampton take on Newcastle in the Premier League today.

Southampton will be looking to bounce back from last week's 1-0 away defeat Leicester City when they take on Newcastle United this afternoon.

Ronald Koeman's men had won their previous two games before losing against the league leaders, and face a very different challenge this afternoon against a struggling Newcastle side.

The Saints have dropped Cedric Soares to the bench in favour of Cuco Martina at right back, whilst Dusan Tadic starts despite questions about his future this week.

Former Newcastle target Charlie Austin is on the bench, as is fellow forward Jay Rodriguez, who has had an injury nightmare for two years now.

Meanwhile, Newcastle desperately need a result in order to boost their survival odds, having lost 3-2 at Norwich last weekend.

The Magpies now sit six points adrift of safety, and Rafael Benitez must pick up points this afternoon to have a chance of staying up.

Today, Benitez has selected Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic up front together, leaving Papiss Cisse on the bench after his poor display against Norwich.

Vurnon Anita starts at left back this afternoon, whilst there are starts for January signings Andros Townsend and Jonjo Shelvey.

The likes of Siem de Jong, Cheick Tiote and Gabriel Obertan have all been named on the bench this afternoon.

Southampton lineup

Starting:

  • Fraser Forster
  • Ryan Bertrand
  • Cuco Martina
  • Jose Fonte
  • Virgil van Dijk
  • Jordy Clasie
  • Sadio Mané
  • Dusan Tadic
  • Victor Wanyama
  • Shane Long
  • Graziano Pellè

Substitutes: Maarten Stekelenburg, Cédric Soares, Maya Yoshida, Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse, Charlie Austin, Jay Rodriguez.

Newcastle lineup

Starting:

  • Karl Darlow
  • Daryl Janmaat
  • Chancel Mbemba
  • Steven Taylor
  • Vurnon Anita
  • Jonjo Shelvey
  • Moussa Sissoko
  • Andros Townsend
  • Georginio Wijnaldum
  • Ayoze Pérez
  • Aleksandar Mitrovic

Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Paul Dummett, Jamaal Lascelles, Siem de Jong, Gabriel Obertan, Cheick Tioté, Papiss Demba Cissé.

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