Preview: Newcastle United vs. Southampton

Sports Mole looks ahead to Saturday's Premier League clash between Newcastle United and Southampton.

Two sides with contrasting forms will take each other on at St James' Park in the Premier League on Saturday.

While hosts Newcastle United have won five of their six league matches since the start of November, Southampton have steadily slipped down the table following a run of four games without a victory.

This means that heading into Saturday's encounter, Alan Pardew's side find themselves a place and three points ahead of the Saints in seventh and as many points off a Champions League spot.

The Magpies are also on a high because of their narrow 1-0 win away from home against Manchester United last weekend – their first at Old Trafford in 41 years – thanks to a goal from Yohan Cabaye.

Newcastle have no injury or suspension worries and are likely to name an unchanged team, while visiting Southampton could have defender Nathaniel Clyne and midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin back from their respective injuries.

Recent form

Newcastle: WWWWLW

Southampton: LWLLLD

Possible starting lineups

Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Cabaye, Tiote, Anita; Sissoko, Remy, Gouffran

Southampton: Gazzaniga; Chambers; Fonte, Lovren, Shaw; Cork, Ward-Prowse; Lallana, Davis, Rodriguez; Osvaldo

Sports Mole says: 2-2

Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on November 23, 2013
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