Pardew returns to St Mary’s.
Alan Pardew has insisted that his sacking by Southampton in 2010 was ‘harsh’ but the Newcastle boss must be grateful at the way things have turned out. Pardew is now in charge one of the most talented squads in the country but his predecessor Nigel Adkins led Saints to two successive promotions, suggesting it was a dismissal that has suited all parties. Adkins finally broke his Premier League duck last weekend, in the aptly named ‘El Sackico’ with QPR and his team may be slight favourites against an injury-hit Toon side.
Venue St Mary’s Stadium, Sunday 3pm
Last season n/a
Referee Martin Atkinson
This season’s matches 10 Y40, R1, 4.10 cards per game
Odds Southampton 6-4 Newcastle 13-8 Draw 5-2
Subs from Boruc, K Davis, Hooiveld, S Davis, Rodriguez, Fox, Chaplow, Reeves, Lee, Do Prado, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka
Doubtful Chaplow (knock)
Injured Richardson (thigh, 1 Dec)
Form guide WDLLLD
Disciplinary record Y12 R0
Leading scorer Lambert 5
Subs from Elliot, Harper, Tavernier, Abeid, Anita, Amalfitano, Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi, Ranger, Good, Perch
Doubtful Cissé (thigh)
Injured Shola Ameobi (groin, 3 Dec), Ben Arfa (hamstring, 10 Dec), Cabaye (groin, Jan), R Taylor (knee, May), Vuckic (knee, May), Gosling (knee, unknown), Obertan (toe, unknown)
Suspended Coloccini (last of three)
Form guide LLDWDL
Disciplinary record Y24 R2
Leading scorer Ba 8
SOURCE: The Guardian
- This is the first meeting between the two sides since an FA Cup fifth-round tie in February 2006, which Newcastle won 1-0.
- Newcastle are unbeaten in their last eight games in all competitions against the Saints (W6, D2).
- Alan Pardew returns to the club he managed between July 2009 and August 2010.
- Southampton have conceded 30 Premier League goals this season – seven more than QPR who have the second-worst defensive record in the division.
- However, 19th-placed Saints have scored 18 league goals, more than any of the eight teams who sit directly above them in the Premier League.
- Saints have had 10 different scorers in the Premier League this season; only Manchester United (13) and Chelsea (11) can boast more.
- Nigel Adkins’s side are the only team without a clean sheet in the Premier League this season.
- Their tally of eight points from 12 games is the same as they had at the same stage of their last Premier League season in 2004-05.
- Newcastle have won just one of their last seven Premier League games (W1, D3, L3) since Alan Pardew was awarded a new eight-year contract.
- The Magpies are without an away league win this season (D4, L1).
- They are looking to avoid suffering three consecutive Premier League defeats for the first time since September 2008 when they lost four straight games.
- Pardew’s side have had just four different scorers in the Premier League this season – equal fewest with Sunderland and Stoke.
- Demba Ba has scored eight Premier League goals this season, the same number as Robin van Persie. Only Luis Suarez (10) has scored more.
fanatix prediction: Newcastle’s injury crisis to take it’s toll. Saints to win 2-1.
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