Using our interactive feature, NUFC team selector, supporters have chosen their Newcastle team v Southampton.

Rafa Benitez stated at his press conference on Friday that all of the squad were now available, with the exception of Haidara and Dummett.

So fans having a wide choice of who they’d like to see play today.

Starting with the defence, no doubts as to who supporters see as the first choice back five.

Elliot, Mbemba, Clark, Lascelles, and Yedlin, all overwhelming choices to play against Southampton.

Merino and Ritchie, as Newcastle’s best players this season, are similarly unopposed in the eyes of the fans.

Whilst up front, Newcastle supporters appear to accept there’s no chance of Rafa playing with two strikers, so Joselu narrowly beat Mitrovic and then Gayle for the lone forward role.

Christian Atsu was also chosen, with Jacob Murphy not seen as a serious threat.

Jonjo Shelvey did well against Liverpool so no surprise that he is kept in the team of choice by fans, but it is in a more forward role to accommodate Isaac Hayden as well, in a central midfield three. Ayoze Perez getting minimal support to stay in the team, despite Rafa Benitez picking him in all seven league matches so far.

Football – very much a game of opinions!

The fans choice of Newcastle team v Southampton:

To create the image above, we used the NUFC team selector.

You can do the same by following the simple instructions HERE and then there are a number of great options where you can then also share your team via Twitter (include @nufcthemag in your tweet and we will share some of them with our 22k followers) , or you can share the selector on Facebook with friends, family and the rest of the black and white world. Alternatively, simply downloading the team image to the device you are using

When using the NUFC team selector you simply click on what team formation (4-3-3, 4-4-2 etc) you want, then click each position on the pitch and choose from the Newcastle United squad.

Go to the NUFC team selector now and choose and share your Newcastle team v Southampton.

Before every match, simply go to the menu at the top of this screen and click features, then on the drop down list click NUFC Team Selector and choose your team for every match.

Southampton v Newcastle Match Betting:

Southampton win 5/6draw 27/10Newcastle win 15/4

NUFC win to nil 15/2Southampton not to score 18/5Merino to score 1st goal 30/1Merino to score a goal any time in game 11/1

All Southampton v Newcastle betting HERE

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