On the back of a very successful season in the Championship Rafa Benitez’s side has been very adamant to make it count in the Premier League. Despite a shaky start, they have managed to steady the ship with some disciplined football and they would like to continue their form when they travel to the South Coast to face Southampton.
Benitez must be delighted with how his side has performed so far and will fancy a victory at the St Mary’s this weekend. The Toon played out a commendable 1-1 draw against Liverpool in the last match and will be hoping to emulate that kind of form against an unpredictable Saints.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s side hasn’t scored many goals and will be looking for a breakthrough against the Magpies. The ongoing takeover drama at the Tyneside has rocked the club recently but the players have to maintain their hard work in a bid to achieve the desired height.
Predicted 4-2-3-1 Newcastle United Starting Lineup Against Southampton
Rob Elliot has exceeded expectations this time and should continue to be in the Magpies goal. The 31-year-old has been the preferred choice for Benitez and the gaffer is likely to stick to his decision.
Jamaal Lascelles’ brand new contract at the club should work as an inspiration in this match. The defender got his deserved reward as he signed on the dotted line to extend his stay with the club. Not to forger Ciaran Clark’s display in the backline as he has formed a formidable partnership with the youngster.
Javier Manquillo will be tasked to keep the left flank mobile while DeAndre Yedlin will operate from the right side.
Jonjo Shelvey and Mikel Merino paired for the first time in the last match and the result was very encouraging. There has been a sort of calmness in the midfield since Merino arrived in the summer. The 21-year-old has been excellent and it seems Benitez has unearthed a rich talent,
With Merino alongside at the centre of the pitch, Shelvey can concentrate more on his attacking duties.
Matt Ritchie has a minor injury but is likely to be fit this game. He will be on the right flank. Christian Atsu looked threatening on a number of occasions and should seize this opportunity to cement his place in the starting lineup.
Joselu will be in the forefront to lead the attack. Here is how they might line up: