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Newcastle predicted lineup vs Southampton - Premier League

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Eddie Howe has Newcastle playing good football
Eddie Howe has Newcastle playing good football / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

Newcastle United will be looking to keep their recent good run of form going when they make the lengthy trip to St. Mary's to face Southampton on Thursday.

The Magpies have won four of their last five Premier League games and secured another impressive victory over Brighton on Saturday.

Here is the starting XI that Eddie Howe seems likely to select for this rearranged fixture...

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Fabian Schaer
Schar is in the side ahead of Jamaal Lascelles on merit currently / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

Martin Dubravka (GK) - Newcastle are keen to replace Dubravka in the long term but, for now, his position is safe.

Emil Krafth (RB) - Krafth is not as exciting as Kieran Trippier, who remains injured, but he has done fairly well in recent weeks.

Fabian Schar (CB) - Schar netted against Brighton last time out and there is little chance of club captain Jamaal Lascelles displacing him here.

Dan Burn (CB) - Burn secured a satisfying victory over his former club at the weekend and will be hopeful of another three points here.

Matt Targett (LB) - Reports suggest that Newcastle have agreed a £15m fee with Aston Villa for the permanent transfer of Targett.

2. Midfielders

A complete transformation / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

Joe Willock (CM) - Has been in scintillating form recently, netting twice in his last three games.

Jonjo Shelvey (CM) - Widely expected to be displaced by Bruno Guimaraes when he arrived in January. However, Howe is unlikely to change a winning team.

Joelinton (CM) - His transformation from figure of ridicule to destructive centre-midfielder has been absolutely incredible.

3. Forwards

Chris Wood
Wood has not reached his previous goal-scoring heights at St James' Park so far / Warren Little/GettyImages

Allan Saint-Maximin (RW) - Only fit enough for the bench last time out but should displace Jacob Murphy from the start here.

Chris Wood (ST) - Yet to find the back of the net since signing in January. Extremely unlikely he starts once Callum Wilson returns.

Ryan Fraser (LW) - Has returned to form of late after several seasons of obscurity.

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