St. Mary's Stadium
This match sees Alan Pardew return to his former club for the first time as he tries to beat the man who succeeded him at St Mary's 27 months ago. It's fair to say not many Southampton fans expected Pardew to pop up back in the Premier League when he left them, having finished fourth in League One after a 10-point deduction increased the difficulty of promotion. Pardew's tenure at St James' Park has seen him stabilise Newcastle and lead them to a top-five finish. But last season's success has perhaps come at a cost. The return of European football is a sign of progress, but there's no doubt the schedule, travelling and, most recently, injuries have had an effect on their league form. One win in their last seven Premier League matches is certainly evidence of that. Four points from six and a well-timed win at QPR have lifted Southampton spirits. Back-to-back league wins would be huge for them and they'll be hoping it will be an uncomfortable day back on the south coast for Pardew.
• Saints have had 10 different scorers in the Premier League this season; only Manchester United (13) and Chelsea (11) can boast more.
• Pardew's side have had just four different scorers in the Premier League this season - equal fewest with Sunderland and Stoke.
Nigel Adkins looks set to continue with the 4-2-3-1 which has brought four points from the last two matches. 17-year-old Luke Shaw is favourite to get the nod over Danny Fox at left-back again, while Jason Puncheon flourishing form will surely see him continue at the expense of Jay Rodriguez on the right, with Gaston Ramirez tucking in behind Rickie Lambert.
P Gazzaniga • N Clyne, J Fonte, M Yoshida, L Shaw • J Cork, M Schneiderlin • J Puncheon, G Ramirez, A Lallana • R Lambert
Alan Pardew's options have been cut further by the hamstring injury sustained by Hatem Ben Arfa in the Europa League tie with Maritimo on Thursday. The Frenchman will miss the trip to Southampton and could be sidelined for several weeks. Papiss Cisse also suffered a knock in Thursday's tie but is expected to shake off the thigh problem to be in contention. Newcastle will already be without Yohan Cabaye for around six weeks after the Frenchman underwent groin surgery earlier this week. Vernun Anita looks set to deputise in his absence, though Jonas Gutierrez is expected to return from a hamstring problem after training this week and his versatility offers the Magpies boss an option in the middle. Back in defence, skipper Fabricio Coloccini serves the final match of his ban but James Perch is back in training and could figure.
T Krul • D Simpson, M Williamson, S Taylor, D Santon • Sa Ameobi, V Anita, C Tiotè, J Gutierrez • D Ba, P Cisse