• PREVIEW: SAINTS vs Newcastle United - Barclays Premier League - 2015-16



    SOUTHAMPTON VS NEWCASTLE
    SATURDAY 9TH OF APRIL - ST. MARY'S
    15:00 KICK-OFF



    Match Officials:

    Referee - Robert Madley
    Assistant - J Brooks
    Assistant - M Perry
    4th Official - G Ward



    TEAM NEWS

    Shane Long returns to the fold ahead of Newcastle's visit to St. Mary's.

    Florin Gardos remains sidelined, with Steven Davis ruled out of this one after picking up a knock against Leicester. Matt Targett is also rated as 50/50.

    Charlie Austin and Jay Rodriguez are both expected to feature in the matchday squad.





    PREDICTED XI: Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand; Wanyama; Romeu, Clasie; Mané; Pellè, Long.




    THE FORMBOOK

    (league games)


    SOUTHAMPTON: LLDWWL

    Goals Scored: 7
    Goals Conceded: 9


    NEWCASTLE UNITED: LLLLDL

    Goals Scored: 5
    Goals Conceded: 14



    LAST TIME WE MET

    Sunday the 9th of August, 2015
    Barclays Premier League


    NEWCASTLE UNITED 2-2 SOUTHAMPTON


    Attendance: 49,019

    GOALS: Cissé - 42', Wijnaldum - 48'; Pellè - 24', Long 79'.



    NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul; Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Haïdara; Colback, Anita (Tioté - 68'); Obertan, Sissoko, Wijnaldum (De Jong - 81'); Cisse (Mitrovic - 75').

    Unused Subs: Darlow, Taylor, Aarons, Perez.


    SOUTHAMPTON: Stekelenburg; Cédric (Martina - 45'), Fonte, Yoshida, Targett; S. Davis, Wanyama; Rodriguez (Long - 65'), Mané, Tadić; Pellè.

    Unused Subs: Gazzaniga, Caulker, Reed, Ward-Prowse, Juanmi.



    STORY OF THE GAME:

    Shane Long equalised with 11 minutes remaining as Saints came from behind to grab a point on the opening day of the season.

    Ronald Koeman's men went into the lead after just 24 minutes when Graziano Pellè headed past Tim Krul after a long aerial pass from Cédric.

    Newcastle struck back, though, scoring within three minutes of the end of the first half and the start of the second.

    Papiss Cissé scored the first goal for the hosts when he chested in a deflected cross from point-blank range in the 42nd minute, before Georginio Wijnaldum headed past Maarten Stekelenburg to net a debut goal.

    But with 10 minutes remaining, Shane Long headed in a Dušan Tadić cross to ensure that the points were shared.


    Koeman's Konklusion





    SA
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