We asked fans the question, which 11 players would you pick in your Newcastle team v Southampton?

We put together a list of the 22 players who could potentially be selected for this 3pm Saturday afternoon kick-off.

An excellent response and some clear messages back from supporters.

There are four overwhelming selections with Lascelles (99%), Dubravka (96%), Dummett (96%) and Ritchie (94%).

Then we have another five who are very well supported in Diame (87%), Lejuene (86%), Gayle (85%), Yedlin (83%) and Shelvey (77%).

It then gets more interesting with the last two choices.

Fans continue to struggle to find positive choices in the forward position, so while Gayle (85%) has been supported, it is Mikel Merino (57%) who makes the cut, rather than more forward players such as Perez (42%) and Joselu (15%).

As for the final place in the team…apologies, as some dope has included the injured Islam Slimani by mistake, instead of Kenedy.

So in the voting, Murphy (56%) has just edged out Atsu (55%).

However, making an executive decision after out mistake, I have included Kenedy, who definitely would have been selected ahead of the other two wingers,.

So this is the fans choice team, in a suggested formation, considering the lack of an obvious striker/number 10…

newcastle team v southampton

Here is the percentage support for each player from the thousands of votes cast:

99% Jamaal Lascelles

96% Martin Dubravka

96% Paul Dummett

94% Matt Ritchie

87% Mohamed Diame

86% Florian Lejeune

85% Dwight Gayle

83% DeAndre Yedlin

77% Jonjo Shelvey

57% Mikel Merino

56% Jacob Murphy

55% Christian Atsu

42% Ayoze Perez

20% Islam Slimani

17% Ciaran Clark

17%  Isaac Hayden

15% Joselu

9% Javier Manquillo

8% Chancel Mbemba

3% Karl Darlow

3%  Massadio Haidara

2% Rob Elliot

Newcastle v Southampton Match Betting:

Newcastle win 7/4Draw 11/5Southampton win 15/8

NUFC to lead at HT and FT 19/5NUFC to win and at least 3 goals in the game 18/5Ritchie to score 1st goal 9/1

All Newcastle v Southampton match betting HERE

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