Indeed, the Magpies may have lost two-nil to Chelsea last weekend, but they outperformed the Premier League’s table-toppers before inevitably running out of steam. With this likely to be John Carver’s final match before Alan Pardew’s replacement is officially appointed, Newcastle’s players will be keen to put in a strong performance.
Meanwhile, the visiting Saints will be high in confidence after beating Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend in a hotly contested 1-0 affair, resulting in a run of five matches undefeated in the Premier League.
But Newcastle haven’t lost in their last nine home fixtures against Southampton. So who should be considered today’s favourites? Perhaps the confirmed starting line-ups can shed some light on the issue, as detailed below:
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 17, 2015
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 17, 2015
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