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HYS: Who should start at centre-back for Southampton vs Newcastle?

Southampton host Newcastle on Saturday in what is already looking set to be an early six-pointer with both clubs having had poor starts to the season so far.

The Magpies head into the game rock-bottom of the table, whereas Southampton sit just one point and two places above the relegation zone but having failed to win any of their previous five Premier League matches.

Saints boss Mark Hughes is under pressure to turn things around, but it seems as though he still hasn’t decided on his best starting XI, or even formation. The 54-year-old has switched between a back three and a back four and has rotated his centre-backs far too frequently for successful relationships to be built.

However, the South Coast side did keep a clean sheet in their draw with Bournemouth last weekend and that should convince Hughes to stick with a back four. Jack Stephens came into the side and impressed and he should retain his place.

Summer signing Jannik Vestergaard should then come in alongside the 24-year-old, with the ever-present Premier League starter Wesley Hoedt dropped, to finally offer Saints a solid base from which to build.

So, Southampton fans, would you agree with our pairing? Have your own say by voting in the poll below.

Article title: HYS: Who should start at centre-back for Southampton vs Newcastle?

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