Southampton v Newcastle

Last updated : 14 December 2002 By Martyn Elliott

Titus Bramble and Hugo Viana are the only definite absentees but there will be at least two changes for the game, with Alan Shearer and Craig Bellamy recalled at the expense of Shola Ameobi and Lomana Lua Lua.

For the Saints Paul Jones is expected to retain his place in goal (lets hope so!) with Antti Niemi still struggling to overcome the knee injury.

Chris Marsden is available after a one-match ban but will probably be on the bench as Strachan looks set to keep his winning line up intact. So no news on a much hoped for James Beattie injury.


Us: Given, Griffin, Bernard, Hughes, O'Brien, Dyer, Speed, Solano, Robert, Shearer, Bellamy, Jenas, Lualua, Dabizas, Ameobi, Acuna, Harper.

Saints: Jones, Dodd, Lundekvam, M.Svensson, Bridge, Fernandes, Oakley, Delap, A.Svensson, Ormerod, Beattie, Delgado, Williams, Marsden, Telfer, El Khalej, Kanchelskis, Blayney.