The game against Southampton presents Newcastle with an immediate chance to rewrite the wrongs of last weekend.

Rafa Benitez’s side are now bottom of the Premier League and still without a win.

The Saints are also struggling this season, but have tasted victory. Mark Hughes’ side are currently 16th, four points above the Magpies.

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It’s another must-win game for Newcastle, but how will they line up?

No changes at the back against Southampton

Despite some poor performances in defence, particularly from captain Jamaal Lascelles, it’s likely that Newcastle will keep the same back four.

Until Florian Lejeune returns, the defence that played against Brighton is the best we can do. Hopefully Lascelles can improve this week, after really struggling with the physicality of Jurgen Locadia.

Newcastle’s wide players were cross crazy against Brighton

Matt Ritchie and Kenedy were both very lively against the Seagulls on Saturday.

The pair delivered a bucket-load of crosses, only for Brighton to defend the majority of them. In total, Newcastle put 41 crosses into the box.

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While the crosses weren’t put away, it seems unlikely that Benitez would make a change to his wingers, especially considering he didn’t sub either Ritchie or Kenedy against Brighton.

Do we need pace or a target man?

For the second game in a row, Yoshinori Muto and Ayoze Perez started up front together.

Unlike against Manchester United, the pairing didn’t work. Perez was particularly poor, putting in one of his worst performances in a Newcastle shirt.

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It’s unlikely that Salomon Rondon will be fit to start, so should Joselu come in for either Muto or Perez? The Spaniard would give Newcastle a focal point up top, but that might not be what they need against Southampton.

Pace is more likely to cause the Saints problems, so Muto and Perez might get one more chance.

Predicted XI to face Southampton: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett; Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy; Perez, Muto.

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