Newcastle United vs Southampton match preview and banter!

Newcastle United v Southampton.

The Saints are marching in!

Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Sat 14th Dec, 2013.
Kick off: 3.00pm.
Referee: Mike Jones.
UK TV: None.

Hello, good afternoon and welcome to my latest ‘match banter’ feature for this afternoon’s game against Southampton.

This could be the last one for a while, if at all. I thought I’d do one last set of matchday blogs though to let all you regular readers know that I won’t be doing any more for a while at least as there are far better things I could be doing with my life right now.

Anyway looking forward this afternoon’s game, one intersting statistic is that Southampton are the last team Newcastle United managed to score more than two goals against in a competitive match. That was way back on the 24th February when the Magpies won a 4-2 victory at St James’ Park on an embarrassing and contrived ‘French Day’ where Geordies collaborated with Mike Ashley in reducing the entire history of one of Europe’s greatest countries down to mustachioed Breton Onion Johnnies and Can-can girls.

That game was in the early days of manager Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton, whose high pressure football in the opponent’s half can be highly effective, but occaisionally prone to the more ‘direct’ approach as displayed by Pardew’s Magpies on that day, when they caught the stylish Saints ’round the back’ as they say on more than one occaision. Far more recently, I can recall even Jose Mourinho employing similar tactics to conquer them by a similar two goal margin.

Recent form.

Though Newcastle and Southampton are as close as they can be in the Premier League table with Newcastle in seventh and Southampton eighth, as you can see below, their recent form in the Premier League has been like chalk and cheese.

Newcastle and Southampton last six Premier league games (most recent first) .

Team Results Points
Newcastle United W|L|W|W|W|W 15/18
Southampton D|L|L|L|W|D 5/18

Well time marches on so I’d better crack on now and leave my usual reminders that I will be posting links to watch the game online, as well as highlights and a full match video for those of you who can’t watch it live.

Howay the lads!

Team sheets.

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G); Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy

Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse

Southampton (4-4-2): Paulo Gazzaniga (G), Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Jos Hooiveld, Luke Shaw; James Ward-Prowse, Jack Cork, Steven Davis, Jay Rodriguez; Rickie Lambert (c), Dani Osvaldo.

Subs: Cody Cropper (G), Maya Yoshida, Jose Fonte, Morgan Schneiderlin, Gaston Ramirez, Adam Lallana, Sam Gallagher

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80 Responses to “Newcastle United vs Southampton match preview and banter!”

  1. 1
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy

  2. 2
  3. 3
    avatar GS says:

    The only surprise is Obertan preferred to Jonas and Marveaux on the bench. I find it really strange because Jonas used to be one of Pardew’s favourites.

  4. 4
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Lallana not starting ? Time to get at them from the off especially the central midfield pairing.

  5. 5
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Afternoon Fellas :)

  6. 6
    avatar Phisix says:

    Is Marv now a groundsman or something…

  7. 7
    avatar Phisix says:

    Here we go!! Another win!

  8. 8
    avatar AndyMac says:

    or something ? Probably doesnt buy in to Pardwho’s work ethic or some such shite :)

  9. 9
    avatar workyticket says:

    Afternoon SJT, welcome to the last match banter.

    This should be quite interesting now with Southampton’s line up.

  10. 10
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Afternoon SJT, welcome to the last match banter.

    WHAT??

  11. 11
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    AMAZING SHOT !

  12. 12
    avatar Phisix says:

    Our confidence is ooozing.

  13. 13
    avatar Phisix says:

    Last match banter??

  14. 14
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Don’t jack it in Worky…I have no friends in real life :lol:

  15. 15
    avatar workyticket says:

    So it’s true that you lot don’t actually read one word of the posts.

  16. 16
    avatar workyticket says:

    “This could be the last one for a while, if at all. I thought I’d do one last set of matchday blogs though to let all you regular readers know that I won’t be doing any more for a while at least as there are far better things I could be doing with my life right now.”

  17. 17
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    I just got in and said good afternoon cracked open a beer then read the blog – TUT TUT!

  18. 18
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Yus we do but we know what a drama queen you are so take little or no notice :lol:

  19. 19
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    You could just leave this thread open and we can still check in on Matchday??

  20. 20
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Wasted that

  21. 21
    avatar Phisix says:

    OMGGGGGGGGGG

  22. 22
    avatar Phisix says:

    Colo you tw@t.

  23. 23
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Shit ball that

  24. 24
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Colo you CURLY tw@t.

  25. 25
    avatar GS says:

    This is dead even, their lot are pretty skillful.

  26. 26
    avatar Phisix says:

    GOOOOOOOOOFY! COME ON!

  27. 27
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    GET THE FK IN

  28. 28
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON

  29. 29
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    PARDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDEW

  30. 30
    avatar GS says:

    Assist from Williamson.

  31. 31
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Goofs sixth goal this season. If Remy manages twenty and Goof 15 in a season that’d leave Shirley to grab one :)

  32. 32
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    ASHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHLEY

  33. 33
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    FIREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETRAP

  34. 34
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Amazing FOOTBALL

  35. 35
    avatar GS says:

    AndyMac: against the Mackems. Have we not had a penalty this whole season?

  36. 36
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    This side is getting so slick

  37. 37
    avatar Phisix says:

    Should be around 3-0 up by now. :(

  38. 38
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Need another Goal

  39. 39
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Anita is just getting better and better it’s taken a while

  40. 40
    avatar Phisix says:

    Damn Anita

  41. 41
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Should be game over this

  42. 42
    avatar workyticket says:

    sirjasontoon says:
    December 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    “Anita is just getting better and better it’s taken a while”

    He was a good player before, SJT, but most people didn’t seem to notice. As I’ve mentioned several times already, he was our greatest creator of scoring chances last season and we wasn’t even supposed to be a playmaker.

  43. 43
    avatar AndyMac says:

    GS says:

    “AndyMac: against the Mackems. Have we not had a penalty this whole season?”

    Dunno GS just cleaning out the car not watching yet again :(

    .com stats suggest you’re right ?

    http://www.nufc.com/2013-14html/goalscorers.html

  44. 44
    avatar GS says:

    Possession stats are Southampton 66%. It doesn’t feel like that.

    I think we have been the better team but Southampton are still a threat.

  45. 45
    avatar GS says:

    Andymac: Shola takes the penalties. You said you wouldn’t watch until we lost and we lost against Swans. You are missing a good game.

  46. 46
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Yus but I sneaked a peek against Swansea about 30 seconds before Dyer scored the opening goal. Turned off immediately afterwards but the damage was done :)

  47. 47
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    I never warmed to he Worky always thought he looked hesitant – easy mistake to make is suppose

  48. 48
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Need to just lose or draw and I’ll settle back into the armchair again with the other half :)

  49. 49
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    HBA Time?

  50. 50
    avatar hugh l says:

    HBA time… need to try keep the ball much better…. everything direct from us yet again

  51. 51
    avatar workyticket says:

    sirjasontoon says:
    December 14, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    “I never warmed to he Worky always thought he looked hesitant”

    SJT, if you mean Anita there is something in that. He was brought in as a defensive player but he was actually contributing more in attack last season.

  52. 52
    avatar Phisix says:

    Lets hope Cisse is as sharp as Pards has been banging on about.

  53. 53
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Adam Lallana and Morgan Schneiderlin come on for Southampton with James Ward-Prowse and Dani Osvaldo taking a rest. Suggests they’ll go with 1 up front with Lallana prompting ? Hope Pardwho sees the changes and does something to counter ?

  54. 54
    avatar workyticket says:

    hugh l says:
    December 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    “everything direct from us yet again”

    hugh, as I pointed out in the blog above, it can actually work against Southampton sometimes.

  55. 55
    avatar Phisix says:

    awesome

  56. 56
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    shite

  57. 57
    avatar Phisix says:

    What was that 4 of our defenders on two of there attackers. Pathetic.

  58. 58
    avatar Phisix says:

    god sake remy. arrghhh

  59. 59
    avatar workyticket says:

    WTF just happened there?

  60. 60
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Shocking Finish

  61. 61
    avatar Phisix says:

    Cisse is so rubbish at everything it hurts

  62. 62
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    He’s good at offsides Phisix

  63. 63
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    This should have been buried 1st half

  64. 64
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    CISSE WILL SCORE HERE HAHA

  65. 65
    avatar Phisix says:

    fecking ref is shite

  66. 66
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    FFS

  67. 67
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    CISSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  68. 68
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    OFFSIDE

  69. 69
    avatar sirjasontoon says:

    Been Emotional – Good luck Worky !

  70. 70
    avatar Paul in Hollywood says:

    Lost by Remy. Fatal miss.

  71. 71
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Was that another 45 minute performance ?

  72. 72
    avatar workyticket says:

    Southampton were stronger in the second half, Andy.

  73. 73
    avatar GS says:

    @71: it was probably the best game of the season with both teams going for it 2nd half.

  74. 74
    avatar GS says:

    Worky: there wasn’t much in it. They hit the post and Remy snatched at a very good chance.

  75. 75
    avatar AndyMac says:

    49,164 is the attendance today. Who got sent off from the backroom staff ?

  76. 76
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Andy Woodman and Jimenez from Saints apparently ?

  77. 77
    avatar workyticket says:

    GS says:
    December 14, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    “Worky: there wasn’t much in it.”

    GS, I meant that Southampton were better in the second half than they were in the first.

  78. 78
    avatar workyticket says:

    AndyMac says:
    December 14, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    “Who got sent off from the backroom staff ?”

    Woodman.

  79. 79
    avatar workyticket says:

    Woodman and Carver are the two old silverbacks who want to prove they still have it in a handbag fight (bless).

  80. 80
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Why is “Andy Woodman and Jimenez from Saints apparently ?”
    awaiting moderation WT ? Snot like I wrote S C U N T H O R P E :)

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