Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)

Allan Saint-Maximin & Callum Wilson calls made: Newcastle United’s predicted XI vs Southampton

Newcastle United’s expected starting XI to face Southampton at St Mary’s.

Joelinton’s one-match suspension will force Eddie Howe into at least one change to his Newcastle United starting XI against Southampton. The Brazilian scored in the Magpies’ 4-0 win over Aston Villa last weekend, however picked up his fifth yellow card of the campaign.

That vacates a spot on the left wing and the Magpies head coach has plenty of options, namely Allan Saint-Maximin, Jacob Murphy and Ryan Fraser, but which player will he pick? Saint-Maximin would usually be the obvious choice but the Frenchman has only just recovered from a hamstring problem.

There has also been some concern around Callum Wilson this week after the striker told the BBC Footballer’s Football Podcast he was feeling a “little run-down”. Howe confirmed the 30-year-old is suffering from a cold but hopes to have him available at St Mary’s.

Against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, Howe is anticipating a tough test for his side, who are looking to extend their unbeaten run to nine matches and maintain their early spot in the Champions League places.

"Southampton’s a very difficult game. I’ve got a lot of respect for Ralph (Hasenhuttl). I think he’s done a very good job there over a long period of time,” Howe said. “They’re very difficult to read and a team that changes system and personnel a lot so to try and fix what they’re going to do is tough.”

Here’s how NewcastleWorld expects Newcastle to line-up against Southampton:

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