Both sides will try and pick up their first league win of the season when Newcastle host Southampton on Saturday
Newcastle United attempt to get their first win of the new season on Saturday afternoon, as they welcome Southampton to St James’ Park.
It’s been a nightmare start to the new term for the Geordies, losing to West Ham on the opening day, before following that up with defeat at Villa Park, and an early League Cup exit thanks to Burnley, who beat them on penalties.
In contrast, it’s been a slow improvement for Saints, who overcame a 3-1 defeat to Everton on the first weekend to draw with Manchester United at St Mary’s, before demolishing Newport County 8-0 in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
There’s also two new arrivals on the South Coast, with central defender Lyanco coming in from Torino to replace Jannik Vestergaard, and Thierry Small arriving from Everton. Both are set to be available for the longest trip in the Premier League when they travel to Newcastle.
Last season, the clubs shared a win each, with the home side edging a thrilling contest at St James’ Park. Jeff Hendrick was sent off, Miguel Almiron scored twice and Newcastle ended the game with nine men as Fabian Schar went off injured after Newcastle had made three subs. Such drama deserved a crowd, something that it will get this time round.
As expected with Newcastle, there’s been no new transfers this week and it’s unlikely there will be any before the window closes. Joe Willock has played both games since arriving from Arsenal as he continues to build match fitness and should continue in midfield on Saturday.
One man that might not be part of the squad though is Isaac Hayden, who is struggling with a knee injury. The former Arsenal man was not part of the squad that lost to Burnley, but Steve Bruce hasn’t totally given up on having him available.
Jonjo Shelvey remains missing and could also sit out most of September, while the goalkeeping situation is still a problem, with Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow both still missing. That could mean Bruce is forced to name four goalkeepers in his 25-man Premier League squad next week, with Freddie Woodman continuing between the sticks.
Ralph Hassenhuttl will have both new signings available for selection, and the treatment room is clearing up. Only Will Smallbone and Sam McQueen are out for definite, although Stuart Armstrong is doubtful with a calf problem.
Another Armstrong, Adam, has made a superb start to life at the Saints and should be in line to start against his former club up front with Che Adams.
Newcastle United take on Southampton at St James’ Park on Saturday, August 28th. Kick-off is at 3pm.