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Newcastle predicted lineup vs Southampton - Premier League

Max Parsons
Steve Bruce needs a win
Steve Bruce needs a win / Visionhaus/Getty Images

Newcastle host Southampton at St. James' Park on Saturday afternoon, looking for their first win of the season.

The Magpies have been disappointing in recent weeks, twice letting a lead slip on the opening day to eventually lose 4-2 to West Ham and then falling to a 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa on matchday two. The pressure is already mounting on Steve Bruce.

Southampton, on the other hand, do have a point on the board - a well earned one at that. The Saints head into Saturday's game having bounced back from a matchday one 3-1 defeat at Everton to draw 1-1 with Manchester United.

Here's who Steve Bruce could line up for their match against Southampton.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Freddie Woodman
Freddie Woodman will continue to deputise / Visionhaus/Getty Images

Freddie Woodman (GK) - Bruce's first and second choice goalkeepers are out, so Woodman should keep his place between the sticks and make just his third Premier League appearance.

Fabian Schar (CB) - Demonstrated his quality with an excellent Euro 2020 campaign for Switzerland but needs to improve his form in the Premier League.

Jamaal Lascelles (CB) - The captain had a terrible outing at Villa Park, but he's the leader of the pack and will start once again.

Federico Fernandez (CB) -
Hasn't been an ideal start to the season for the Argentine but he's a preferred option under Bruce, having played 56 Premier League games in the previous two seasons.

2. Wing-backs & Midfielders

Joe Willock
Joe Willock will be key for Newcastle this season / James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Jacob Murphy (RWB) - A clearly talented player that's set to break out at Newcastle sooner rather than later.

Miguel Almiron (CM) - One of the Magpies' creative sparks, the whole side look to him for inspiration at times - the fans will be praying he delivers on Saturday.

Sean Longstaff (CM) -
Could be in line for a first start of the campaign after replacing the injured Isaac Hayden at Aston Villa last weekend.

Joe Willock (CM) -
Just the fact that he was gunning to break an Alan Shearer scoring record on his second Newcastle debut tells you all you need to know about Willock's place at the club. He didn't break it, but still.

Matt Ritchie (LWB) -
Has started the season well individually, creating the second most chances (9) among Premier League players across the first two matchdays - only Trent Alexander-Arnold has created more.

3. Forwards

Callum Wilson
Callum Wilson will be Newcastle's chief goal-scorer / Alex Morton/Getty Images

Allan Saint-Maximin (ST) - A world beater on his day. Undoubtedly one of Newcastle's main men.

Callum Wilson (ST) - Has already bagged one goal this campaign and will have to shoulder most of the goalscoring burden in this squad throughout the rest of the season too.