Alan Pardew bends to fans pressure and makes two vital changes to Newcastle eleven to face Southampton, both Hatem Ben Arfa and Massadio Haidara starting.

In a poll we ran in advance of the trip to the south coast, a massive 94% of fans said they thought Hatem Ben Arfa should start against the Saints, while Massadio Haidara also easily outpointed Paul Dummett at left-back.

hatem ben arfaNo doubt it will be our fault then if we still lose!

The one other change sees Rob Elliot replacing the injured Tim Krul in goal.

Starting eleven;

Elliot, Mapou, Wiiliamson, Coloccini, Haidara, Anita, Tiote, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Gouffran, Cisse

The club are reporting the starting eleven as a 4-2-3-1 formation, with no doubt Tiote and Anita the holding pair but I wonder if Hatem Ben Arfa will be given a central or wide right role in the three behind Papiss Cisse?

While on the bench Newcastle have;

Alnwick, Santon, Dummett, Steven Taylor, Gosling, Shola, De Jong

Betting – NUFC Win 9/2 – Ben Arfa Score First Goal 14/1 – NUFC Win 2-0 33/1

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