Southampton team news and predicted XI vs Newcastle United
Southampton Team News
Eight matches without a win presents a task that has become all but impossible to reverse if you are Southampton, with the prospect of relegation looming large over the south coast club despite current manager Ruben Selles being well thought of by both the club and it's playing personnel.
Saints have earned just three points in their last eight fixtures in the league and have the task of closing the six-point gap to safety in the remaining five outings before the conclusion of the 2022-23 season. Boasting the second-worst goal difference in the division, that seems very unlikely, especially with upcoming clashes against Fulham, Brighton, and Liverpool in the wake of Sunday's coming together with Newcastle on Tyneside.
Selles can count on the continued absences of Tino Livramento, Romain Perraud, Mohammed Salisu, and Juan Larios, which have no doubt been planned for. Questions surround both Armel Bella-Kotchap and Jan Bednarek, though the Polish center-back featured last time out over the young German, and if fit, could carry on in that same capacity. If both are fit, both should start as they have previously.