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Live Reporting

By Stephan Shemilt

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    Newcastle 0-0 Southampton

    Matt Ritchie's inswinger is only cleared back to the man who took the corner. From the angle of the box, he skims in an effort that is off target. Lively stuff.

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    Newcastle 0-0 Southampton

    Absolutely brilliant atmosphere, as if the supporters are drawing energy from the sun. Then again, on a bank holiday weekend, there's plenty to sing about. Ayoze Perez causes a nuisance in the Saints box and wins a Newcastle corner...

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    Newcastle 0-0 Southampton

    Newcastle are happy for Southampton to have the ball. No pressing, keeping their shape. Which is the home team?

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    Newcastle 0-0 Southampton

    My only gripe with Rafa's outfit is the blue shirt. There's nothing wrong with it - it's very smart - but does it go with the black and white tie? Loud at St James'.

    Rafa Benitez

    Newcastle 0-0 Southampton

    Now then. Very early appeal for a penalty. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg has his hands up as a shot cannons in to the left paw. It's not given, possibly because Højbjerg was so close to the ball when the shot was taken. You see them given, though.


    Newcastle 0-0 Southampton

    Off we go. Newcastle, in their traditional colours, are attacking the goal to the right. Saints are in blue and yellow.

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    Newcastle v Southampton (17:30 BST)

    Rafa Benitez is once again looking magnificent in his three-piece suit. He sits back on the bench like a man waiting to be entertained. Huge roar from the crowd just before kick-off...

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    Newcastle v Southampton (17:30 BST)

    Jermaine Jenas

    Former Tottenham midfielder on Football Focus

    I think spending £100m in the transfer market would be enough to keep Rafael Benitez at Newcastle. The fans may like that Rafa is forcing the issue. It feels like it is a recurring theme.

    I've played for Newcastle and everything is there, the stadium, the training ground and it is an unreal club to play for.

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    Newcastle v Southampton (17:30 BST)

    The players are in the tunnel. Southampton are sporting some rather smart yellow tracksuit tops. Newcastle players have just the black and white stripes. They wouldn't don extra layers even in the bleakest of midwinters.

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    Newcastle v Southampton (17:30 BST)

    In case you hadn't heard, the sun is shining. It's cracking the flags in Newcastle, where St James' Park shimmers in the sunlight.

    Let me know how you've been enjoying it or, more importantly, if you've been denied the glorious weather. Text 81111 or use the hashtag #bbcfootball.


    Newcastle v Southampton (17:30 BST)

    Newcastle team

    Unsurprisingly, Newcastle are unchanged from the side that won at Leicester last weekend. Ayoze Perez is looking to continue a run of four goals in his last six games at St James' Park.

    Newcastle XI: Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Ki, Hayden, Ritchie, Almiron, Perez, Rondon.

    Subs: Darlow, Shelvey, Diame, Muto, Fernandez, Yedlin, Atsu.

    Southampton team

    Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl makes two enforced changes from the side that beat Wolves. Jack Stephens comes in for the injured Jannik Vestergaard and Oriol Romeu replaces Yan Valery.

    Southampton XI: Gunn, Bednarek, Yoshida, Stephens, Bertrand, Redmond, Hojbjerg, Romeu, Sims, Ward-Prowse, Ings.

    Subs: Forster, Long, Austin, Armstrong, Lemina, Slattery, Ramsay.

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    Yep, Newcastle are seven points above the drop zone, Southampton five. If you're being hyper-cautious, then technically both still need points to be certain of their top-flight status, but it would take something remarkable for either to go down from here.

    Having said that, Southampton's long journey home would be much more comfortable if they can get something in the north east.

    The teams are in...

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    Usually, a meeting at this time of the season between the teams 15th and 16th in the Premier League would have bums squeaking all over the place.

    But surely both of Newcastle and Southampton are safe, right?

    So, can we have some fun in the sun, please?