[Image] Predicted 5-4-1 Newcastle XI to face Southampton – can the Magpies secure safety this weekend?

Newcastle vs Southampton Predictions: Newcastle line-up

‘Inconsistent’ is the perfect word to describe Newcastle United this season. The Magpies under Rafael Benitez have performed a few miracles. Last season, it was finishing 10th in the Premier League table and this season, it’s beating Manchester City.

Both results came out of nowhere and it shows what Benitez can do with the right players. Yet, the fact that the Magpies flirted with the relegation zone for most of the season was a big surprise. While that changed with the arrival of Miguel Almiron, they are still not safe (mathematically).

If they beat Southampton and results elsewhere go their way, then they are safe. But the Saints are not pushovers and under Ralph Hasenhuttl, they’ve transformed into a relatively decent team. They are also fighting for relegation and sit two points behind Newcastle.

That will defintely play a part in the proceedings, as with just few games to go, it’s now or never for both sides.

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Barring both Sean Longstaff and Florian Lejeune, manager Rafael Benitez has a fully fit squad at his disposal.

Probable Newcastle United XI

Formation: 5-4-1

Manager: Rafa Benitez

Martin Dubravka (GK)

He is the first-choice man at the club and will start against the Saints, barring an injury.

DeAndre Yedlin (RWB)

The American’s athleticism and stamina makes him the perfect man to bomb up and down the right flank.

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Fabian Schar (RCB)

With Lejune out for the season and Paul Dummett finding his way back, the 27-year-old Schar should keep his place on the right-hand side.

Jamaal Lascelles (CB)

Back from injury, Jamaal Lascelles has been an inconsistent perfomer all season and needs to step up.

Paul Dummett (LCB)

Despite being a left-back, the 27-year-old has deputised in the absence of Florian Lejune and done relatively well.

Matt Ritchie (LWB)

With injuries elsewhere, the former Bournemouth man has been deputising as a left wing-back. Should continue to do so.

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Ayoze Perez (RW)

The arrival of Miguel Almiron has freed up Perez and taken the pressure off the Spaniard.

Isaac Hayden (CM)

Among Rafa Benitez’s most consistent players since the turn of the year, Hayden should keep his place.

Ki Sung-Yong (CM)

A very creative and hard-working player, the South Korean has played four out of the last five games. Should start this game.

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Miguel Almiron (LW)

The new man has been an injection of hope and direct running, which makes him one of the Magpies’ best signings this season.

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Salomon Rondon (ST)

The Venezuelan striker has been in great form this season, with 9 goals and 5 assists to his name so far. A sure starter.


Written by Siddhant Lazar

Tom Landry once said "Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it's so incredible, it's unbelievable."

Football is and always will be the beautiful game. What every child understands, yet every adult struggles to, is that it is a game that defines the nature of the universe. But that's just me.

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