Southampton predicted lineup vs Newcastle - Premier League

26 August 2021 01:30

Southampton continue their Premier League season as they make the long journey to Newcastle on Saturday afternoon.

Ralph Hassenhuttl's side were left disappointed on matchday one as they let a 1-0 half-time lead slip to lose 3-1 at Everton, but bounced back well to draw 1-1 with title contenders Manchester United last time out - although, once more, let a lead slip.

They face a Newcastle side who are yet to register a single point thus far, having lost 4-2 to West Ham on the opening day before losing 2-0 to Aston Villa last weekend.

To pick up a first league win of the season, here's the side that Hassenhuttl could set out to face Newcastle.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

An exciting prospect | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Alex McCarthy (GK) - A bit of a shaky start to the season but he's the first choice and should continue between the sticks.

Tino Livramento (RB) - What a talent this guy is. Defensively sound and absolutely fearless in his marauding attacking play. A very exciting prospect.

Jack Stephens (CB) - Performed well against Manchester United - notably pressing brilliantly to win possession in the build up to the opener - and has more than earned his place in the XI.

Mohammed Salisu (CB) - Wasn't the easiest of seasons in 2020/21 but seems more confident now and looked dominant in the United game - should be considered a sure starter for this one.

Romain Perraud (LB) - A real threat on the front foot but needs to adjust his game to be more solid at the other end - should get another opportunity on Saturday.

2. Midfielders

What will Moussa Djenepo do this weekend? | James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Theo Walcott (RM) - Poor outing last time out and was hooked off at half time, however will likely retain his place for the trip to Newcastle - his favourite opponents in the Premier League (11 goal contributions against them).

James Ward-Prowse (CM) - The best player at the club, and the club captain. Yes, of course he's starting.

Oriol Romeu (CM) - Another key figure for the Saints is Romeu, who could be crucial in stifling threats like Allan Saint-Maximin, Joe Willock and Miguel Almiron on Saturday.

Moussa Djenepo (LM) - An absolute blast to watch, Djenepo just doesn't shy away from anything. Can turn a game on its head with a moment of sheer brilliance or sheer stupidity - and no one knows which one it'll be.

3. Forwards

The senior man in Southampton's front line | Robin Jones/Getty Images

Adam Armstrong (ST) - Really should've bagged all three points for Southampton last time out but has had an exciting start to his career at St. Mary's. Will once more start to develop a blossoming relationship with his strike partner.

Che Adams (ST) - In Danny Ings' absence, it will likely fall upon Adams to be the leading man in the front line. Can be a real threat to opposition defences and, after forcing the own goal against United, has a good opportunity to bag his first of the season against a leaky Newcastle defence.

Source: 90min