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October FIFA Ranking Provides Glimpse Into World Cup Draw Possibilities

The U.S. men's national team may not be taking part, but the World Cup will still go on, and Monday was a big day on the road to Russia.

FIFA's world ranking for October was released, and while most roll their eyes at the FIFA rankings (the USA actually improved by a position after being eliminated from World Cup contention, so...), they hold a significant role in the World Cup. Per FIFA procedure, the October rankings are used to determine the pots for the Dec. 1 draw in Moscow. Instead of one seeded pot and three pots determined by logistical and geographical reasoning, FIFA has changed its ways so that all four pots are determined purely based on the rankings. What that means is aside from host Russia, which is ranked 65th in the world, the remaining 32 teams are distributed in order of their October ranking. Russia goes into the top pot, followed by the top seven-ranked teams, and the remaining 24 teams are spread into the three subsequent pots in order.

The October ranking was also used to determine the pots for the UEFA playoff round, with the top four teams based on ranking going into Pot 1, and the next four in Pot 2. Switzerland (11), Italy (15), Croatia (18) and Denmark (19) are the highest-ranked teams, and they'll each be drawn against one of Northern Ireland (23), Sweden (25), Republic of Ireland (26) and Greece (47). That draw takes place on Tuesday.

With only 23 of the 32 spots in Russia clinched (four European places, three African ones and two intercontinental playoffs will determine the remaining nine), we can't completely come up with scenarios for groups at the World Cup, but here's what we can glean from the October rankings, and what they'll mean for the draw:

POT 1 IS SET

And Spain is not going to be part of it. The 2010 World Cup champion just misses out as the eighth-ranked team on the planet. Because the top pot is the host nation (Russia) and the seven top-ranked teams, Spain is left in Pot 2, where it could surely factor into a Group of Death.

The top seven teams joining Russia in the top pot are: Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland and France.

No disrespect to Russia or Poland, but there's a clear desired destination for teams in Pots 2-4: Whichever group is headed by Russia or Poland. Even Portugal and Argentina aren't the most daunting top seeds–especially the latter, after its qualifying campaign–but nobody wants to gameplan for Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo in a World Cup.

POT 2 PERMUTATIONS

Spain will lead the second grouping, and beyond that, it gets a little tricky.

Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Italy, Mexico and Uruguay are the next seven nations either in the World Cup or still alive in contention. Should Peru, Switzerland and Italy win their respective playoffs, then the pot would remain as is. Should any or all slip up, there would be a domino effect, and Croatia, Denmark and Iceland are next in line to rise a rung.

Regardless, Spain, England, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay will be in this pot, and when you start to combine them with the teams in the seeded pot, thing start to get a bit death-y.

POT 3 POSSIBILITIES

If things go to form in the playoffs, Croatia, Denmark and Iceland would lead this grouping, with 2014 quarterfinalist Costa Rica likely settled in this pot as well. Northern Ireland, Sweden and Republic of Ireland will look to change that by winning their playoffs, while Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal and Iran, DR Congo, Australia, Nigeria, Serbia and Japan could all land here, too.

POT 4 STILL LARGELY UNCLEAR

South Korea, Saudi Arabia and first-timer Panama are set for this grouping no matter what. After that, it all comes down to the playoffs and remaining African qualifiers. As of now, Morocco, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Cape Verde and South Africa are all alive here, while Honduras and New Zealand could also land in this pot, should they win their respective playoffs against Australia and Peru, and Greece could also, if it wins its UEFA playoff.

GROUP OF DEATH POTENTIAL

As always, teams from the same region must be kept separate in the draw, aside from UEFA, where up to two European nations can be in the same group. So how does Brazil, Spain, Japan, Ivory Coast sound? What about Germany, Spain, Nigeria, South Korea? France, Uruguay, Croatia, Japan, anyone?

We'll be able to properly simulate and speculate after the conclusion of November's qualifiers and qualifying playoffs, but until then, at least we have some semblance of how the World Cup could look in Russia next summer.

USMNT to face Portugal in first match following World Cup qualifying failure

USMNT to face Portugal in first match following World Cup qualifying failure

USMNT to face Portugal in first match following World Cup qualifying failure

USMNT to face Portugal in first match following World Cup qualifying failure

The U.S. will try to begin picking up the pieces in a friendly at the Estadio Algarve on Nov. 14 as the team begin life after Bruce Arena

USMNT to face Portugal in first match following World Cup qualifying failure

USMNT to face Portugal in first match following World Cup qualifying failure

The U.S. will try to begin picking up the pieces in a friendly at the Estadio Algarve on Nov. 14 as the team begin life after Bruce Arena

The MLS XI, Week 33: Playoff Spots Fly Off the Board, Kaka Bids Farewell

As it turns out, only two major things will be decided on MLS Decision Day: Playoff seeding and one remaining spot in the postseason.

MLS Week 33 saw an abundance of playoff spots get claimed, with the Eastern Conference's six teams all set–though not their order–and only one spot remaining up for grabs in the Western Conference. Three clubs still have their hat in the ring, while two playoff outsiders–the LA Galaxy and Minnesota United–will look to play spoiler on the final day of the season.

All of that was decided as the league played its full slate across two time windows on Sunday, but all 22 teams will be in action simultaneously this coming Sunday at 4 p.m. ET, where playoff matchups will finally be able to be determined, RFK Stadium will close its doors and remaining unknowns will have their mysteries solved.

Until then, here is the best of the weekend that was in MLS:

I. How the West ('s sixth place) will be won

Three teams will fight for the sixth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference on Decision Day, a spot currently held by the San Jose Earthquakes. Hot on their trail are FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake. All three will be at home for their finales, and thanks to the quirks of the MLS rule book, goal differential is not the first tiebreaker. That's big for San Jose, considering its -22 GD is tied for worst in the West. Its 12 wins are two more than FC Dallas, so even though they're tied on points, San Jose is guaranteed a playoff berth with a win over Minnesota. Any slip-up, though, and it'll be a dose of Decision Day chaos. FCD (vs. LA, coming off a horrible 4-0 loss to Seattle) and RSL (vs. Sporting Kansas City coming off a 1-0 loss to rival Colorado) are banking on it.

II. Red Bulls wrap up East's last place

Sixth in the East is going to the New York Red Bulls, after Jesse Marsch's side stemmed the tide of its last-season swoon and followed last weekend's win over Vancouver by holding off Atlanta United for a 0-0 draw and clinching the final spot and a road game in the one-game wildcard round.

That means first and sixth are settled in the East, but second through fifth are wholly up for grabs. With a first-round bye at stake, NYCFC vs. Columbus on Sunday is the game to watch.

III. Thread

IV. Toronto FC matches record

TFC reached the 68-point plateau after a 1-0 win over rival Montreal, with Jozy Altidore moving on from the U.S. men's national team's colossal World Cup qualifying failure by scoring early at BMO Field (cue the "Where was this Tuesday night in Trinidad?!" calls).

The three-point haul brought TFC level with the 1998 LA Galaxy's record mark and has Toronto in position to set a new standard for MLS with a win or draw in its finale at Atlanta. Regardless, Toronto will be the top seed in the East, and it'll host MLS Cup again, provided it gets there. With Altidore and Michael Bradley eager to get over the disappointment of missing the World Cup, the American stars will surely be even more motivated than usual to lift more silverware with their club. In the meantime, they were able to lift the Supporters' Shield.

V. HOW?

VI. What an absolutely perfect save

Take a bow, Stefan Marinovic!

VII. More goalkeeping heroics

Tyler Deric preserved the Houston Dynamo's fourth point off Sporting KC in a matter of five days with this fine day at the office.

VIII. This is probably what the Galaxy had envisioned

It's way too little too late for the LA Galaxy, but Romain Alessandrini, Jermaine Jones, Jonathan Dos Santos and Giovani Dos Santos combining for three goals in a dominating 3-0 win over Minnesota United was probably more along the lines of what Chris Klein & Co. had hoped for with its first post-Bruce Arena season, as opposed to, you know, what's actually transpired since March.

IX. Meet your likely Golden Boot winner

There's still one game to go for all, but the Chicago Fire's Nemanja Nikolic separated himself from the pack with a hat trick on Sunday, and he leads the Golden Boot race by three goals. It was Nikolic's race to win based on his red-hot start to his first Fire season, but a nine-game midseason scoring drought threatened his case. He's come on late, though, with eight goals in his last six games, to retake control.

Is the MLS single-season record in his sights? Another hat trick in the Fire's finale would pull him level with Roy Lassiter, Chris Wondolowski and Bradley Wright-Phillips for the league's top mark of 27. Four goals would set the new standard, though that may be asking a lot of him at Houston, considering his Sunday hat trick was his first of the season.

X. Adorable

XI. Kaka bids farewell to Orlando

There's plenty one can say about Kaka's time with Orlando City. He was a heck of a marquee signing for the club in its expansion year, and he was a great ambassador for the team, city and league. He was also the highest-paid player in the league for the duration of his time in Orlando, and the club has 0 playoff appearances to show for spending north of $7 million a year. Regardless, emotions were high as he played his final home game for Orlando City days after announcing he would not be signing a new deal with the club. His contract expires at the end of the season, and whether he'll be playing elsewhere in MLS or the world or retiring, he was given a hero's sendoff.

It is still crazy to think that Kaka is the last player not named Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ballon d'Or (2007).

Obrigado, Kaka!

FIFA releases latest World Rankings

Top six remain unchanged, while U.S. rise despite World Cup qualifying embarrassment.

FIFA releases latest World Rankings

Top six remain unchanged, while U.S. rise despite World Cup qualifying embarrassment.

FIFA releases latest World Rankings

Top six remain unchanged, while U.S. rise despite World Cup qualifying embarrassment.

Football Soccer - France v Sweden -2018 World Cup Qualifying European Zone - Group A - Stade de France, Saint-Denis near Paris, France - 10/11/16

France's Dimitri Payet celebrates with team mate Antoine Griez mannafter he scored against Sweden. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

David Gallop says Ange Postecoglou is focused only on World Cup qualifying at the moment.

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David Gallop says Ange Postecoglou is focused only on World Cup qualifying at the moment

David Gallop says Ange Postecoglou is focused only on World Cup qualifying at the moment.

David Gallop says Ange Postecoglou is focused only on World Cup qualifying at the moment.

David Gallop says Ange Postecoglou is focused only on World Cup qualifying at the moment.

Southampton 2 Newcastle 2: Manolo Gabbiadini pulls Saints back from the brink

It was Rafael Benitez who gave Mauricio Pellegrino his first big opportunity in coaching and it would be the apprentice rather than the old master here who had the last word. Benitez’s Newcastle United had twice got themselves into a match-winning position that would have lifted them to level on points with Chelsea in fifth but were twice frustrated following two goals in 28 minutes from Manolo Gabbiadini. With Southampton struggling to score of late – and further unconvincing defensive performances by goalkeeper Fraser Forster and centre-back Virgil van Dijk – it left Newcastle ultimately more disappointed with a point. That very fact, though, was illustrative both of their obvious improvement under manager Rafael Benitez and how Southampton are still waiting for any really tangible uplift following the decision to replace Claude Puel with Pellegrino. Their players even faced boos at half-time, although the subsequent applause that greeted the final whistle underlined how the jury is very much still out on the new man. There is no such debate over Benitez who, just as he did at Liverpool, is skilfully galvanising a fervent fanbase that can be so pivotal to the club’s success. More than 3,000 Newcastle supporters had made the 700-mile round-trip to Hampshire for this 4pm Sunday kick-off and their relentless chanting of Benitez’s name was indicative of the momentum he has created even amid the longer-term uncertainty over the club’s ownership. Isaac Hayden scores Newcastle's first with a crisp shot Credit:  John Walton/PA “I am disappointed because we could have won but happy because of a point away against a good team,” said Benitez. “We are learning from every game – there were a couple of mistakes but I cannot complain or blame my players. I am not surprised by where we are. The spirit is very good and everybody in the city is behind the team.” Even a training-ground fight between Jamaal Lascelles and Mo Diame does not seem to have undermined that unity, though Jonjo Shelvey’s attempts to separate them left him with a broken finger and needing protective strapping for this game. A combination of the wider dearth of midfield options and Shelvey’s good form has seen him re-enter the England debate of late and his outswinging corner put Southampton under immediate pressure, with Christian Atsu shooting into the side-netting. Although Southampton were largely dominant in possession, Newcastle carried the greater initial goal threat with their quick counter-attacks and soon took a deserved lead. Van Dijk had missed a simple chance to clear and his team were punished. Joselu’s effort was initially blocked by Maya Yoshida, but the ball then bounced in front of Isaac Hayden. The former Arsenal midfielder unleashed a powerful low shot towards the centre of the goal that was sufficient to beat Forster, who could not recover his footing. Manolo Gabbiadini slots Southampton's first equaliser Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh With Lascelles vocally organising his team-mates, the match soon settled into a pattern of Southampton’s possession being negated by Newcastle’s defensive organisation. Dusan Tadic had both a shot and a header go narrowly wide while Van Dijk himself did beat goalkeeper Rob Elliot only for his glancing header to drift over. Southampton were clearly instructed to move the ball more directly in what Pellegrino called a “chaotic” second half but were almost 2-0 behind within seconds of the restart. Van Dijk had again failed to clear, allowing Ayoze Perez and Joselu to combine before Forster was rescued only by the crossbar. Southampton had failed to score in eight out of their last nine league games at St Mary’s – a statistic that had largely mirrored the poor form of Gabbiadini – but he did then deliver spectacularly. The Italy striker had chased a long down-field clearance to the edge of the by-line and looked certain simply to pick out the best option among those team-mates who had surged forward in support. Gabbiadini did turn but, rather than pass to the onrushing Cedric Soares, he simply dribbled the ball infield before again swivelling and brilliantly directing a low, left-footed shot back inside Elliot’s near-post. Parity, however, was to last less than 90 seconds. Southampton again lost their collective concentration, allowing Perez to sprint into the space between Yoshida and Van Dijk and immediately shoot. Forster should have gathered the ball but his save rebounded straight back into the path of Perez, who drilled his shot inside the post. Pellegrino reacted by bringing on both Steven Davis and Sofiane Boufal but, for Newcastle, the second equaliser was largely self-inflicted. Shane Long was chasing a long, bouncing ball forward but running away from goal when Florian Lejeun upended him with an unnecessary and clumsy lunge. Referee Kevin Friend rightly pointed to the penalty spot and Gabbiadini, whose confidence seemed suddenly to have returned following his first goal, finished emphatically into the top corner. Both teams could have won it in the final minutes, although a calf injury to Dwight Gayle once Beneitz had used up his substitutes clearly limited Newcastle. “We were expecting to use his pace but we played the last 10 minutes with 10 players,” said Benitez. “The players had do everything for the team; they are doing a great job.” 5:56PM Full time If Lejeune had not made that needless foul in the box, Newcastle would be heading home with all the points. Saints looked cooked at that point and though he almost made amends with that late bullet header, Davis saved the day. Kevin Friend's leniency with DeAndre Yedlin, who should have been sent off, cost Southampton the chance to exploit numerical supremacy.  5:54PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:54PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 5:53PM 90+6 min Newcastle corner when Murphy's shot is arrowed towards the left post. Van Dijk sticks out a leg to knock it behind. Van Dijk heads Ritchie's corner out of the box and the ref blows for time.  5:52PM 90+5 min Boufal hits a long ball from the left-back position that Newcastle mop up and move back up the right. Yedlin hits an outswinging cross into the box. Southampton clear.  5:51PM 90+4 min Van Dijk saves Yoshida from a terrible error when he lets the ball run. He sprints in to stop Gayle having a clear run on goal from 25 yards.  5:50PM 90+2 min Both should have gone off after treatment and then come back on but Friend allows them to stay on for the re-start which provokes much gesticulation from Pellegrino and jeers from the crowd: 'You don't know what you're doing' etc.  5:48PM 90+1 min They sweep the ball forward quickly but the attack ends when Ritchie and Hayden take each other out with a clash of heads. On rush the medical staff who eventually give them the all-clear.  5:47PM 89 min Newcastle break from the goalkick and win a corner. Lejeune evades Austin with a clever run to meet it and powers a header towards the bottom left corner. Davis, having been stationed there, keeps his cool to clear off the line and Saints break.  5:45PM 87 min Lejeune slides in to block Cedric's cross out for a corner and prevents Gabbiadini having a sniff of a hat-trick at the near post. The corner is caught comfortably by Elliott who then takes a knee ... but not in that way.  5:44PM 86 min Both sides still going for it. Bertrand and Boufal combine to free the left-back up the left. His cross is too close to Elliott who dives out to slap it away. Shelvey pouncs on the breaking ball as if time has stood still and passes it to Yedlin but his clearance is hounded down by Lemina and Boufal. The rapid counter breaks down with a foul.  5:42PM 85 min Hayden slips and goes in hard on Van Dijk but gets away with a second booking because it was evidently an accident on his part.  5:41PM 83 min Long goes off for Southampton and Austin, to loud cheers, comes on. Atsu is replaced by Jacob Murphy for Newcastle.  5:40PM 82 min Newcastle free-kick on the right by the junction of the 18-yard line and the vertical line of the penalty box. Ritchie scoops it beyond the far post, looking for the curler.  5:36PM 80 min A couple of bookings, for Gabbiadini kicking the ball away, and Hayden for going over the ball and planting his studs (while sliding) on to the top of Lemina's foot.  5:35PM 78 min Newcastle have a chance at the other end, just like after Saints' first equaliser, but Lejeune, on the end of the pumped cross, attempts to redeem himself instead of nodding it to the unmarked Gayle who gives him a mouthful. Forster's easy catch inspires sarcastic cheers.  5:33PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:33PM 76 min Gabbiadini trots up and absolutely larrups his left-foot shot into the top right corner, directing it so perfectly that he made the inside of the side-netting billow.  5:33PM GOAL! Southampton level it up with a goal from Manolo Gabbiadini: it's 2-2. Southampton 2 - 2 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 75 min) 5:32PM Gabbiadini converts it It's 2-2.  5:32PM Saints have a penalty Long was going away from goal, Lejeune stuck out a leg to give him a hurdle and he fell over it, as was his duty.  5:31PM 74 min Gayle has a sprint down the right into space but only Atsu is up with him and his cross doesn't find him.  5:30PM 72 min Decent near-post cross from Cedric after he robbed Atsu but no one had made the run there. I don't known if he deserves criticism for not looking up or Long and Gabbiadini for not splitting and one of them going there but I err towards the latter.  5:28PM 70 min Boufal concedes a cheap free-kick by dragging down Ritchie on the right, 10 yards up from the corner flag. He bends it into the box with his left-foot where it is glanced on to the back of it and Lejeune, glorying in the space and opportunity, overzealously whacks a rotten shot into orbit.  5:25PM 69 min Newcastle sub: Gayle on for Joselu.  5:25PM 68 min Gabbiadini cushions a pass back to goal 18 yards out towards Long after controlling a 50-yard pass but Merino steps in to nick it away.  5:24PM 67 min Saints substitution: Romeu off, Davis on.  5:23PM 66 min Bertrand and Boufal make progress up the left, square it to Lemina. The crowd screams 'Shoot!' so he does, straight into a thicket of blue-socked legs at the edge of the box. 5:22PM 64 min The corner from the left is swung in by Ritchie and Tadic, surprised to head it after it just beat Van Dijk's leap, miscues it across goal. Joselu attempts to pounce but Saints bundle it away.  5:20PM 62 min The crowd attempts to rouse Southampton with an anthem. It doesn't work instantly as Newcastle break and Ritchie shoots from 25 yards. His shot is blocked and goes out for a corner, giving Benitez an opportunity to withdraw Ayoze Perez and send on Mikel Merino.  5:18PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:18PM 60 min Friend penalises Gabbiadini for grabbing Lejeune's shirt in the box and hurling himself on to the deck.  5:17PM 59 min Cedric seizes the initiative to have a shot from 20 yards but it's scuffed straight at Elliott.  5:16PM 58 min Forster appears shot, flapping at a dipping left-wing cross from Atsu that thankfully for him sails beyond the goal. Boufal has a couple of direct dribbles in a minute but can't find a away past Yedlin yet. 5:14PM 56 min Rafa Benitez is a fine manager but I still feel he deserves damnation for the reintroduction of the managerial waistcoat. Saints make a sub: Boufal on for Redmond.  5:13PM 54 min Yedlin, who has been booked, gets away with a sliding lunge that pole-axes Redmond. He was nowhere near the ball and should have been dispatched. Instead Kevin Friend let him walk.  5:12PM 53 min Having worked so hard to get back into it and score a rare home goal, Saints have thrown it away.  5:11PM 50 min Forster fails to hang on to a low shot from Peres at the near post and parries it straight back to him. They say no second invitation necessary but it was a second invitation and Ayoze Perez smacked it past the floundering, foundering Fraser Forster.  Ayoze Perez puts Newcastle back into the lead Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   5:08PM 48 min Gabbiadini traps a long diagonal quite heavily and it takes him towards the byline. Manquillo tries to hold him up but he turns, skedaddles back towards his own goal. Cedric's run distracts a defender or two and allows Gabbiadini to stroke in a low shot into the bottom corner.  5:08PM GOAL! 1-2! Newcastle are back in the lead with a goal from Ayoze Pérez. Southampton 1 - 2 Newcastle (Ayoze Pérez, 51 min) 5:07PM GOAL! An equaliser from Manolo Gabbiadini for Southampton makes it 1-1. Southampton 1 - 1 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 49 min) Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images   5:07PM The shot count is similar Southampton have attempted nine shots so far, compared to six for Newcastle. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 5:06PM Gabbiadini equalises And it's a solo slalom effort.  5:06PM 47 min They switch it to the right where Ritchie passes to Perez who diddles the dawdling Van Dijk and skelps in a low cross. Joselu sticks out a leg to flick it towards the far post and it loops up. Forster moves across slowly in a bit of a panic but can't get there a sit hits the post and rebounds out. Shelvey sprints forward to retrieve and goes for shot-cross that scares the pants off Forster. Backpedalling, he swipes it behind for a corner in fear of it dropping in.  5:03PM 46 min Newcastle kick off, make ground up the left and earn a throw-in.  4:50PM Half time Southampton have created two outstanding chances and four or five meh ones. Lemina is a hell of a player and really should be playing higher to test Shelvey instead of sweeping up. But the pace has been too pedestrian at times and Newcastle, who are well organised at the back and playing to a well-understood plan on the counter, have looked pretty comfortable with everything bar the left-wing crosses.  Isaac Hayden celebrates scoring Newcastle's opening goal with DeAndre Yedlin Credit: AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK   4:47PM 45+1 min Redmond yanks Lascelles' shirt to concede a free-kick on halfway that Shelvey lifts into the box but as it is in midair, the People's Friend blows his Acme Thunderer.  4:47PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:47PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 4:45PM 45 min The board goes up for an extra minute of possession fun and high jinks from Southampton.  4:43PM 42 min One pass too many from Redmond instead of shooting creates a harder opportunity for Long with a defender breathing down his neck. His shot deflects off Lejeune and balloons towards Elliott who gets there before the lunging Gabbiadini. Redmond should have had a dig himself from 18 yards.  4:41PM 41 min Much better cross from Bertrand from the breakdown as he whips one in from the left and Tadic meets it 10 yards out at the near post. Brave block from Lascelles diverts it out for a corner, from which Southampton plod back into their own half in pursuit of hollow possession dominance.  4:39PM 39 min Lascelles yanks Long over with an arm around his shoulders as they went up for a header 30 yards from the Toon goal. Bertrand floats in a timid cross with no menace at all and Newcastle easily clear.  4:38PM 37 min Yoshida and Perez go up for a header, Perez arriving very late and bundling the centre-half over. Free-kick in the centre-circle.  4:36PM 36 min Saints play another pretty triangular routine down the right with Gabbiadini, Cedric and Tadic. But one mistake on the high wire act of close intricate passing in a constrained space invites failure and so it proves with a minimally overhit pass.  4:34PM 34 min Redmond has a heavy first touch today. New boots? Nike Concretos?  4:33PM 32 min Long comes out to the right to make a triangle with Cedric and Lemina who sweeps the ball across the field where Lejeune steps out of the line to disrupt the attack and send Saints on the retreat.  Mario Lemina is Saints' shining light Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   4:31PM 30 min Lemina again snaps into a tackle in the centre of the field to thwart a Newcastle counter, brushing Perez off the ball and darting forward until he was fouled.  4:30PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:30PM Southampton can't make their domination of the ball count Southampton vs Newcastle 4:29PM 28 min Redmond hasn't mastered the training ground free-kick and is drowned in boos when he passes it straight to Atsu but a tigerish tackle from Lemina saves the day. He moves the ball out to the left where Yoshida takes it on and bends in a superb cross with his left-foot that parts Gabbiadini's hair with the backdraft but was just an inch too high to ram home.  4:27PM 27 min Van Dijk and Southampton are back to their sterile crossfield passing for a phase until they move it forward and earn a free-kick for Manquillo's foul 35 yards out.  4:26PM 24 min Perez is penalised for a trip on Yoshida, for standing on his heel. The linesman didn't flag as Perez exploited his advantage by sprinting clear through on goal but Friend intervened.  Hayden rams in his shot Credit: John Walton/PA   4:24PM 22 min Southampton attack quickly from the kick-off and Gabbiadini gets into a tangle with Lejeune who, with both of them on the floor, manages to hook the ball out for a corner. Elliott flaps at the centre misses it completely and Van Dijk steers a header wide of the gaping net. Should have been the equaliser. Saints have missed two golden headed chances.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Virgil van Dijk, 22 min)   4:22PM 21 min The loopy cross came in from the left, Atsu met it on the volley and walloped it into the defender at point blank range. Forster went down to save the shot that didn't get through to him and couldn't get up quick enough when Hayden thundered in the rebound from the D.   4:20PM GOAL! Isaac Hayden scores for Newcastle to make it 0-1! Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Isaac Hayden, 20 min) 4:20PM Newcastle take the lead Hayden rams in a shot from 18 yards. Forster was wrong-footed.  4:19PM 19 min Forster, who I've long thought pedestrian with his footwork, has no sense of urgency when receiving a back pass. He doesn't see Perez hounding into the space between them and shanks his clearance into him and it bounces harmlessly.  4:18PM 17 min Tadic misses a golden chance at the back post. Van Dijk made the chance with a Hansen-esque gallop upfield and a pass out to Bertrand on the left. He threads a pass on to Redmond who stands up the ball to the back stick. Tadic tries to head it back across goal and over Elliott but bludgeons it over the bar.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 0 Newcastle (Dusan Tadic, 16 min)   4:15PM Neither Southampton or Newcastle are testing the goalkeepers so far Tense opening quarter of an hour at St. Mary's Stadium, as Southampton and Newcastle struggle to get shots on goal Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:15PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:15PM 15 min Sharp turn from Tadic when found by Cedric's pass. He spins Hayden and spanks a left-foot riser over the bar from 25 yards.  4:14PM Southampton have their first strike at goal Southampton respond to the earlier Newcastle effort with their first shot of the game. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:14PM 13 min Redmond has  a saunter up the left but when he cuts it back for Romeu he overhits it and Newcastle break through Hayden who passes to Atsu. The left-sider hares up the middle but fluffs his simple pass to Joselu.  4:11PM 11 min Romeu bodyslams Shelvey to concede a free-kick, running into him late after Shelvey had played a pass. The referee doesn't book him. Everyone's allowed one free hit on Shelvey it seems  ... and not without reason.  4:10PM 10 min Shelvey takes to the back post where Atsu meets it after a diversion and crashes a left-foot shot into the side-netting from 10 yards and a tight if not right angle.  4:09PM 8 min Newcastle play it back to Elliot who chips it up to halfway where Manquillo cushions it on his chest and switches over to the right. Yedlin nods it on to Ritchie who hooks a bouncing ball over Bertrand for Perez who advances towards the box but wastes a cross. He hits it too close to Van Dijk and Southampton hustle it out for a corner. 4:07PM 7 min Lemina keeps dropping between the centre-backs, who split, and the fullbacks bomb on when Southampton build from the back. He looked more influential playing higher up at Selhurst Park.  4:06PM 5 min First Newcastle attack with Manquillo and Atsu combining up the left but the left-back's lack of an adequate left foot means his control as he skirted the whitewash lets him down and the ball dribbles out for a Saints throw.  4:05PM 4 min Southampton continue to hog the ball, stroking it around, not being pressed in the first 60 yards. Yoshida mixes it up with another raking diagonal for Bertrand that Yedlin and Ritchie deal with competently.  4:03PM 2 min That's better, a long ball from Yoshida from right to left, headed on by Long to Redmond who dinks in a dipping cross that Manquillo, covering diligently and dutifully, heads out for a throw-in.  4:01PM 1 min Saints kick off, move it back to Yoshida and pass it from left to right and back again before Van Dijk launches a long diagonal up the right for Tadic who turns and heads back towards his own goal. Newcastle haven't had a touch but it's a parody of possession football so far.  4:00PM Time for the teams to huddle Newcastle are in blue. We'll be off in a few seconds.  3:45PM A word from some sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   3:43PM This Saints kit Is very Steve Moran but I can't help but dislike it. Stripes > bibs.  Southampton Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand; Romeu, Lemina; Tadic, Gabbiadini, Redmond, Long.  Subs Hoedt, Davis, Austin, McCarthy, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, McQueen.  Fans gather at St Mary's Credit: MATTHEW CHILDS/Action Images via Reuters Newcastle Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo; Shelvey; Ritchie, Hayden, Perez, Atsu; Joselu.  Subs Clark, Murphy, Gayle, Diame, Merino, Darlow, Jesus Gamez.  Referee Kevin has a Friend (in Jesus). 3:38PM St Mary's Has not been a happy away trip for Newcastle United recently:  their last four visits have all ended in comprehensive defeat - 2-0 in 2012-13, 4-0 the following season, 4-0 again in 2014-15 and 3-1 during the Toon's relegation season. You have to go back to September 2004 (Southampton's relegation season) for Newcastle's last victory there and it came with a forward line of Craig Bellamy, Patrick Kluivert and Alan Shearer. None of them scored, however, and they left 2-1 winners by virtue of an own goal from David Prutton and one from the right-back Stephen Carr.  3:24PM Ch-ch-ch-changes Southampton bring in Manolo Gabbiadini for Steven Davis in their quest for a second home victory of the season. Newcastle draft in Florian Lejeune for Ciaran Clark at centre-half and Isaac Hayden for Mikel Merino as alterations to the starting XI for the draw with Liverpool. 3:19PM Team news The teams are in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to face #NUFC this afternoon in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/X0rNFJlXUJ— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) October 15, 2017 TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up at @SouthamptonFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 4pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/hgz8tFwbKI— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 15, 2017   3:16PM Pre-match package What is it? It's the Premier League clash between Southampton and Newcastle. When is it? Today, so Sunday, October 15. What time is kick-off? At 4pm. What TV channel is it on? You can watch live coverage on Sky Sports Premier League or Sky Sports Main Event channel. Alternatively, bookmark this page and follow the latest with our rolling blog. Shane Long is expected to return for Southampton Credit: Reuters What are the odds? Southampton to win 20/23 Draw 13/5 Newcastle to win 15/4 What's the team news? Shane Long is expected to be fit to play for Southampton despite the forward missing Ireland's World Cup qualifying win against Wales on Monday because of a hip injury. Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey could play wearing a special cast, having broken a finger while trying to break up a training ground disagreement last week. Defenders Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara remain sidelined. Mauricio Pellegrino hopes to get one over his former manager Credit: Reuters What have they been saying? Rafa Benitez on coming up against Mauricio Pellegrino, who knows him better than most having both played for and coached with him. “It will be difficult to surprise him. “It’s a strange feeling. Especially Mauricio, because he was my player and I signed him for Liverpool too because I had a lot of confidence in him. And after he was my assistant for the same reason. “He knows everything about me because he was my player and assistant. He has an advantage, but at the same time we know him really well too. It is a special situation. If you wanted to say something or change something, he would know already.”

Southampton 2 Newcastle 2: Manolo Gabbiadini pulls Saints back from the brink

It was Rafael Benitez who gave Mauricio Pellegrino his first big opportunity in coaching and it would be the apprentice rather than the old master here who had the last word. Benitez’s Newcastle United had twice got themselves into a match-winning position that would have lifted them to level on points with Chelsea in fifth but were twice frustrated following two goals in 28 minutes from Manolo Gabbiadini. With Southampton struggling to score of late – and further unconvincing defensive performances by goalkeeper Fraser Forster and centre-back Virgil van Dijk – it left Newcastle ultimately more disappointed with a point. That very fact, though, was illustrative both of their obvious improvement under manager Rafael Benitez and how Southampton are still waiting for any really tangible uplift following the decision to replace Claude Puel with Pellegrino. Their players even faced boos at half-time, although the subsequent applause that greeted the final whistle underlined how the jury is very much still out on the new man. There is no such debate over Benitez who, just as he did at Liverpool, is skilfully galvanising a fervent fanbase that can be so pivotal to the club’s success. More than 3,000 Newcastle supporters had made the 700-mile round-trip to Hampshire for this 4pm Sunday kick-off and their relentless chanting of Benitez’s name was indicative of the momentum he has created even amid the longer-term uncertainty over the club’s ownership. Isaac Hayden scores Newcastle's first with a crisp shot Credit:  John Walton/PA “I am disappointed because we could have won but happy because of a point away against a good team,” said Benitez. “We are learning from every game – there were a couple of mistakes but I cannot complain or blame my players. I am not surprised by where we are. The spirit is very good and everybody in the city is behind the team.” Even a training-ground fight between Jamaal Lascelles and Mo Diame does not seem to have undermined that unity, though Jonjo Shelvey’s attempts to separate them left him with a broken finger and needing protective strapping for this game. A combination of the wider dearth of midfield options and Shelvey’s good form has seen him re-enter the England debate of late and his outswinging corner put Southampton under immediate pressure, with Christian Atsu shooting into the side-netting. Although Southampton were largely dominant in possession, Newcastle carried the greater initial goal threat with their quick counter-attacks and soon took a deserved lead. Van Dijk had missed a simple chance to clear and his team were punished. Joselu’s effort was initially blocked by Maya Yoshida, but the ball then bounced in front of Isaac Hayden. The former Arsenal midfielder unleashed a powerful low shot towards the centre of the goal that was sufficient to beat Forster, who could not recover his footing. Manolo Gabbiadini slots Southampton's first equaliser Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh With Lascelles vocally organising his team-mates, the match soon settled into a pattern of Southampton’s possession being negated by Newcastle’s defensive organisation. Dusan Tadic had both a shot and a header go narrowly wide while Van Dijk himself did beat goalkeeper Rob Elliot only for his glancing header to drift over. Southampton were clearly instructed to move the ball more directly in what Pellegrino called a “chaotic” second half but were almost 2-0 behind within seconds of the restart. Van Dijk had again failed to clear, allowing Ayoze Perez and Joselu to combine before Forster was rescued only by the crossbar. Southampton had failed to score in eight out of their last nine league games at St Mary’s – a statistic that had largely mirrored the poor form of Gabbiadini – but he did then deliver spectacularly. The Italy striker had chased a long down-field clearance to the edge of the by-line and looked certain simply to pick out the best option among those team-mates who had surged forward in support. Gabbiadini did turn but, rather than pass to the onrushing Cedric Soares, he simply dribbled the ball infield before again swivelling and brilliantly directing a low, left-footed shot back inside Elliot’s near-post. Parity, however, was to last less than 90 seconds. Southampton again lost their collective concentration, allowing Perez to sprint into the space between Yoshida and Van Dijk and immediately shoot. Forster should have gathered the ball but his save rebounded straight back into the path of Perez, who drilled his shot inside the post. Pellegrino reacted by bringing on both Steven Davis and Sofiane Boufal but, for Newcastle, the second equaliser was largely self-inflicted. Shane Long was chasing a long, bouncing ball forward but running away from goal when Florian Lejeun upended him with an unnecessary and clumsy lunge. Referee Kevin Friend rightly pointed to the penalty spot and Gabbiadini, whose confidence seemed suddenly to have returned following his first goal, finished emphatically into the top corner. Both teams could have won it in the final minutes, although a calf injury to Dwight Gayle once Beneitz had used up his substitutes clearly limited Newcastle. “We were expecting to use his pace but we played the last 10 minutes with 10 players,” said Benitez. “The players had do everything for the team; they are doing a great job.” 5:56PM Full time If Lejeune had not made that needless foul in the box, Newcastle would be heading home with all the points. Saints looked cooked at that point and though he almost made amends with that late bullet header, Davis saved the day. Kevin Friend's leniency with DeAndre Yedlin, who should have been sent off, cost Southampton the chance to exploit numerical supremacy.  5:54PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:54PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 5:53PM 90+6 min Newcastle corner when Murphy's shot is arrowed towards the left post. Van Dijk sticks out a leg to knock it behind. Van Dijk heads Ritchie's corner out of the box and the ref blows for time.  5:52PM 90+5 min Boufal hits a long ball from the left-back position that Newcastle mop up and move back up the right. Yedlin hits an outswinging cross into the box. Southampton clear.  5:51PM 90+4 min Van Dijk saves Yoshida from a terrible error when he lets the ball run. He sprints in to stop Gayle having a clear run on goal from 25 yards.  5:50PM 90+2 min Both should have gone off after treatment and then come back on but Friend allows them to stay on for the re-start which provokes much gesticulation from Pellegrino and jeers from the crowd: 'You don't know what you're doing' etc.  5:48PM 90+1 min They sweep the ball forward quickly but the attack ends when Ritchie and Hayden take each other out with a clash of heads. On rush the medical staff who eventually give them the all-clear.  5:47PM 89 min Newcastle break from the goalkick and win a corner. Lejeune evades Austin with a clever run to meet it and powers a header towards the bottom left corner. Davis, having been stationed there, keeps his cool to clear off the line and Saints break.  5:45PM 87 min Lejeune slides in to block Cedric's cross out for a corner and prevents Gabbiadini having a sniff of a hat-trick at the near post. The corner is caught comfortably by Elliott who then takes a knee ... but not in that way.  5:44PM 86 min Both sides still going for it. Bertrand and Boufal combine to free the left-back up the left. His cross is too close to Elliott who dives out to slap it away. Shelvey pouncs on the breaking ball as if time has stood still and passes it to Yedlin but his clearance is hounded down by Lemina and Boufal. The rapid counter breaks down with a foul.  5:42PM 85 min Hayden slips and goes in hard on Van Dijk but gets away with a second booking because it was evidently an accident on his part.  5:41PM 83 min Long goes off for Southampton and Austin, to loud cheers, comes on. Atsu is replaced by Jacob Murphy for Newcastle.  5:40PM 82 min Newcastle free-kick on the right by the junction of the 18-yard line and the vertical line of the penalty box. Ritchie scoops it beyond the far post, looking for the curler.  5:36PM 80 min A couple of bookings, for Gabbiadini kicking the ball away, and Hayden for going over the ball and planting his studs (while sliding) on to the top of Lemina's foot.  5:35PM 78 min Newcastle have a chance at the other end, just like after Saints' first equaliser, but Lejeune, on the end of the pumped cross, attempts to redeem himself instead of nodding it to the unmarked Gayle who gives him a mouthful. Forster's easy catch inspires sarcastic cheers.  5:33PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:33PM 76 min Gabbiadini trots up and absolutely larrups his left-foot shot into the top right corner, directing it so perfectly that he made the inside of the side-netting billow.  5:33PM GOAL! Southampton level it up with a goal from Manolo Gabbiadini: it's 2-2. Southampton 2 - 2 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 75 min) 5:32PM Gabbiadini converts it It's 2-2.  5:32PM Saints have a penalty Long was going away from goal, Lejeune stuck out a leg to give him a hurdle and he fell over it, as was his duty.  5:31PM 74 min Gayle has a sprint down the right into space but only Atsu is up with him and his cross doesn't find him.  5:30PM 72 min Decent near-post cross from Cedric after he robbed Atsu but no one had made the run there. I don't known if he deserves criticism for not looking up or Long and Gabbiadini for not splitting and one of them going there but I err towards the latter.  5:28PM 70 min Boufal concedes a cheap free-kick by dragging down Ritchie on the right, 10 yards up from the corner flag. He bends it into the box with his left-foot where it is glanced on to the back of it and Lejeune, glorying in the space and opportunity, overzealously whacks a rotten shot into orbit.  5:25PM 69 min Newcastle sub: Gayle on for Joselu.  5:25PM 68 min Gabbiadini cushions a pass back to goal 18 yards out towards Long after controlling a 50-yard pass but Merino steps in to nick it away.  5:24PM 67 min Saints substitution: Romeu off, Davis on.  5:23PM 66 min Bertrand and Boufal make progress up the left, square it to Lemina. The crowd screams 'Shoot!' so he does, straight into a thicket of blue-socked legs at the edge of the box. 5:22PM 64 min The corner from the left is swung in by Ritchie and Tadic, surprised to head it after it just beat Van Dijk's leap, miscues it across goal. Joselu attempts to pounce but Saints bundle it away.  5:20PM 62 min The crowd attempts to rouse Southampton with an anthem. It doesn't work instantly as Newcastle break and Ritchie shoots from 25 yards. His shot is blocked and goes out for a corner, giving Benitez an opportunity to withdraw Ayoze Perez and send on Mikel Merino.  5:18PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:18PM 60 min Friend penalises Gabbiadini for grabbing Lejeune's shirt in the box and hurling himself on to the deck.  5:17PM 59 min Cedric seizes the initiative to have a shot from 20 yards but it's scuffed straight at Elliott.  5:16PM 58 min Forster appears shot, flapping at a dipping left-wing cross from Atsu that thankfully for him sails beyond the goal. Boufal has a couple of direct dribbles in a minute but can't find a away past Yedlin yet. 5:14PM 56 min Rafa Benitez is a fine manager but I still feel he deserves damnation for the reintroduction of the managerial waistcoat. Saints make a sub: Boufal on for Redmond.  5:13PM 54 min Yedlin, who has been booked, gets away with a sliding lunge that pole-axes Redmond. He was nowhere near the ball and should have been dispatched. Instead Kevin Friend let him walk.  5:12PM 53 min Having worked so hard to get back into it and score a rare home goal, Saints have thrown it away.  5:11PM 50 min Forster fails to hang on to a low shot from Peres at the near post and parries it straight back to him. They say no second invitation necessary but it was a second invitation and Ayoze Perez smacked it past the floundering, foundering Fraser Forster.  Ayoze Perez puts Newcastle back into the lead Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   5:08PM 48 min Gabbiadini traps a long diagonal quite heavily and it takes him towards the byline. Manquillo tries to hold him up but he turns, skedaddles back towards his own goal. Cedric's run distracts a defender or two and allows Gabbiadini to stroke in a low shot into the bottom corner.  5:08PM GOAL! 1-2! Newcastle are back in the lead with a goal from Ayoze Pérez. Southampton 1 - 2 Newcastle (Ayoze Pérez, 51 min) 5:07PM GOAL! An equaliser from Manolo Gabbiadini for Southampton makes it 1-1. Southampton 1 - 1 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 49 min) Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images   5:07PM The shot count is similar Southampton have attempted nine shots so far, compared to six for Newcastle. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 5:06PM Gabbiadini equalises And it's a solo slalom effort.  5:06PM 47 min They switch it to the right where Ritchie passes to Perez who diddles the dawdling Van Dijk and skelps in a low cross. Joselu sticks out a leg to flick it towards the far post and it loops up. Forster moves across slowly in a bit of a panic but can't get there a sit hits the post and rebounds out. Shelvey sprints forward to retrieve and goes for shot-cross that scares the pants off Forster. Backpedalling, he swipes it behind for a corner in fear of it dropping in.  5:03PM 46 min Newcastle kick off, make ground up the left and earn a throw-in.  4:50PM Half time Southampton have created two outstanding chances and four or five meh ones. Lemina is a hell of a player and really should be playing higher to test Shelvey instead of sweeping up. But the pace has been too pedestrian at times and Newcastle, who are well organised at the back and playing to a well-understood plan on the counter, have looked pretty comfortable with everything bar the left-wing crosses.  Isaac Hayden celebrates scoring Newcastle's opening goal with DeAndre Yedlin Credit: AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK   4:47PM 45+1 min Redmond yanks Lascelles' shirt to concede a free-kick on halfway that Shelvey lifts into the box but as it is in midair, the People's Friend blows his Acme Thunderer.  4:47PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:47PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 4:45PM 45 min The board goes up for an extra minute of possession fun and high jinks from Southampton.  4:43PM 42 min One pass too many from Redmond instead of shooting creates a harder opportunity for Long with a defender breathing down his neck. His shot deflects off Lejeune and balloons towards Elliott who gets there before the lunging Gabbiadini. Redmond should have had a dig himself from 18 yards.  4:41PM 41 min Much better cross from Bertrand from the breakdown as he whips one in from the left and Tadic meets it 10 yards out at the near post. Brave block from Lascelles diverts it out for a corner, from which Southampton plod back into their own half in pursuit of hollow possession dominance.  4:39PM 39 min Lascelles yanks Long over with an arm around his shoulders as they went up for a header 30 yards from the Toon goal. Bertrand floats in a timid cross with no menace at all and Newcastle easily clear.  4:38PM 37 min Yoshida and Perez go up for a header, Perez arriving very late and bundling the centre-half over. Free-kick in the centre-circle.  4:36PM 36 min Saints play another pretty triangular routine down the right with Gabbiadini, Cedric and Tadic. But one mistake on the high wire act of close intricate passing in a constrained space invites failure and so it proves with a minimally overhit pass.  4:34PM 34 min Redmond has a heavy first touch today. New boots? Nike Concretos?  4:33PM 32 min Long comes out to the right to make a triangle with Cedric and Lemina who sweeps the ball across the field where Lejeune steps out of the line to disrupt the attack and send Saints on the retreat.  Mario Lemina is Saints' shining light Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   4:31PM 30 min Lemina again snaps into a tackle in the centre of the field to thwart a Newcastle counter, brushing Perez off the ball and darting forward until he was fouled.  4:30PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:30PM Southampton can't make their domination of the ball count Southampton vs Newcastle 4:29PM 28 min Redmond hasn't mastered the training ground free-kick and is drowned in boos when he passes it straight to Atsu but a tigerish tackle from Lemina saves the day. He moves the ball out to the left where Yoshida takes it on and bends in a superb cross with his left-foot that parts Gabbiadini's hair with the backdraft but was just an inch too high to ram home.  4:27PM 27 min Van Dijk and Southampton are back to their sterile crossfield passing for a phase until they move it forward and earn a free-kick for Manquillo's foul 35 yards out.  4:26PM 24 min Perez is penalised for a trip on Yoshida, for standing on his heel. The linesman didn't flag as Perez exploited his advantage by sprinting clear through on goal but Friend intervened.  Hayden rams in his shot Credit: John Walton/PA   4:24PM 22 min Southampton attack quickly from the kick-off and Gabbiadini gets into a tangle with Lejeune who, with both of them on the floor, manages to hook the ball out for a corner. Elliott flaps at the centre misses it completely and Van Dijk steers a header wide of the gaping net. Should have been the equaliser. Saints have missed two golden headed chances.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Virgil van Dijk, 22 min)   4:22PM 21 min The loopy cross came in from the left, Atsu met it on the volley and walloped it into the defender at point blank range. Forster went down to save the shot that didn't get through to him and couldn't get up quick enough when Hayden thundered in the rebound from the D.   4:20PM GOAL! Isaac Hayden scores for Newcastle to make it 0-1! Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Isaac Hayden, 20 min) 4:20PM Newcastle take the lead Hayden rams in a shot from 18 yards. Forster was wrong-footed.  4:19PM 19 min Forster, who I've long thought pedestrian with his footwork, has no sense of urgency when receiving a back pass. He doesn't see Perez hounding into the space between them and shanks his clearance into him and it bounces harmlessly.  4:18PM 17 min Tadic misses a golden chance at the back post. Van Dijk made the chance with a Hansen-esque gallop upfield and a pass out to Bertrand on the left. He threads a pass on to Redmond who stands up the ball to the back stick. Tadic tries to head it back across goal and over Elliott but bludgeons it over the bar.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 0 Newcastle (Dusan Tadic, 16 min)   4:15PM Neither Southampton or Newcastle are testing the goalkeepers so far Tense opening quarter of an hour at St. Mary's Stadium, as Southampton and Newcastle struggle to get shots on goal Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:15PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:15PM 15 min Sharp turn from Tadic when found by Cedric's pass. He spins Hayden and spanks a left-foot riser over the bar from 25 yards.  4:14PM Southampton have their first strike at goal Southampton respond to the earlier Newcastle effort with their first shot of the game. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:14PM 13 min Redmond has  a saunter up the left but when he cuts it back for Romeu he overhits it and Newcastle break through Hayden who passes to Atsu. The left-sider hares up the middle but fluffs his simple pass to Joselu.  4:11PM 11 min Romeu bodyslams Shelvey to concede a free-kick, running into him late after Shelvey had played a pass. The referee doesn't book him. Everyone's allowed one free hit on Shelvey it seems  ... and not without reason.  4:10PM 10 min Shelvey takes to the back post where Atsu meets it after a diversion and crashes a left-foot shot into the side-netting from 10 yards and a tight if not right angle.  4:09PM 8 min Newcastle play it back to Elliot who chips it up to halfway where Manquillo cushions it on his chest and switches over to the right. Yedlin nods it on to Ritchie who hooks a bouncing ball over Bertrand for Perez who advances towards the box but wastes a cross. He hits it too close to Van Dijk and Southampton hustle it out for a corner. 4:07PM 7 min Lemina keeps dropping between the centre-backs, who split, and the fullbacks bomb on when Southampton build from the back. He looked more influential playing higher up at Selhurst Park.  4:06PM 5 min First Newcastle attack with Manquillo and Atsu combining up the left but the left-back's lack of an adequate left foot means his control as he skirted the whitewash lets him down and the ball dribbles out for a Saints throw.  4:05PM 4 min Southampton continue to hog the ball, stroking it around, not being pressed in the first 60 yards. Yoshida mixes it up with another raking diagonal for Bertrand that Yedlin and Ritchie deal with competently.  4:03PM 2 min That's better, a long ball from Yoshida from right to left, headed on by Long to Redmond who dinks in a dipping cross that Manquillo, covering diligently and dutifully, heads out for a throw-in.  4:01PM 1 min Saints kick off, move it back to Yoshida and pass it from left to right and back again before Van Dijk launches a long diagonal up the right for Tadic who turns and heads back towards his own goal. Newcastle haven't had a touch but it's a parody of possession football so far.  4:00PM Time for the teams to huddle Newcastle are in blue. We'll be off in a few seconds.  3:45PM A word from some sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   3:43PM This Saints kit Is very Steve Moran but I can't help but dislike it. Stripes > bibs.  Southampton Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand; Romeu, Lemina; Tadic, Gabbiadini, Redmond, Long.  Subs Hoedt, Davis, Austin, McCarthy, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, McQueen.  Fans gather at St Mary's Credit: MATTHEW CHILDS/Action Images via Reuters Newcastle Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo; Shelvey; Ritchie, Hayden, Perez, Atsu; Joselu.  Subs Clark, Murphy, Gayle, Diame, Merino, Darlow, Jesus Gamez.  Referee Kevin has a Friend (in Jesus). 3:38PM St Mary's Has not been a happy away trip for Newcastle United recently:  their last four visits have all ended in comprehensive defeat - 2-0 in 2012-13, 4-0 the following season, 4-0 again in 2014-15 and 3-1 during the Toon's relegation season. You have to go back to September 2004 (Southampton's relegation season) for Newcastle's last victory there and it came with a forward line of Craig Bellamy, Patrick Kluivert and Alan Shearer. None of them scored, however, and they left 2-1 winners by virtue of an own goal from David Prutton and one from the right-back Stephen Carr.  3:24PM Ch-ch-ch-changes Southampton bring in Manolo Gabbiadini for Steven Davis in their quest for a second home victory of the season. Newcastle draft in Florian Lejeune for Ciaran Clark at centre-half and Isaac Hayden for Mikel Merino as alterations to the starting XI for the draw with Liverpool. 3:19PM Team news The teams are in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to face #NUFC this afternoon in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/X0rNFJlXUJ— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) October 15, 2017 TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up at @SouthamptonFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 4pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/hgz8tFwbKI— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 15, 2017   3:16PM Pre-match package What is it? It's the Premier League clash between Southampton and Newcastle. When is it? Today, so Sunday, October 15. What time is kick-off? At 4pm. What TV channel is it on? You can watch live coverage on Sky Sports Premier League or Sky Sports Main Event channel. Alternatively, bookmark this page and follow the latest with our rolling blog. Shane Long is expected to return for Southampton Credit: Reuters What are the odds? Southampton to win 20/23 Draw 13/5 Newcastle to win 15/4 What's the team news? Shane Long is expected to be fit to play for Southampton despite the forward missing Ireland's World Cup qualifying win against Wales on Monday because of a hip injury. Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey could play wearing a special cast, having broken a finger while trying to break up a training ground disagreement last week. Defenders Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara remain sidelined. Mauricio Pellegrino hopes to get one over his former manager Credit: Reuters What have they been saying? Rafa Benitez on coming up against Mauricio Pellegrino, who knows him better than most having both played for and coached with him. “It will be difficult to surprise him. “It’s a strange feeling. Especially Mauricio, because he was my player and I signed him for Liverpool too because I had a lot of confidence in him. And after he was my assistant for the same reason. “He knows everything about me because he was my player and assistant. He has an advantage, but at the same time we know him really well too. It is a special situation. If you wanted to say something or change something, he would know already.”

Southampton 2 Newcastle 2: Manolo Gabbiadini pulls Saints back from the brink

It was Rafael Benitez who gave Mauricio Pellegrino his first big opportunity in coaching and it would be the apprentice rather than the old master here who had the last word. Benitez’s Newcastle United had twice got themselves into a match-winning position that would have lifted them to level on points with Chelsea in fifth but were twice frustrated following two goals in 28 minutes from Manolo Gabbiadini. With Southampton struggling to score of late – and further unconvincing defensive performances by goalkeeper Fraser Forster and centre-back Virgil van Dijk – it left Newcastle ultimately more disappointed with a point. That very fact, though, was illustrative both of their obvious improvement under manager Rafael Benitez and how Southampton are still waiting for any really tangible uplift following the decision to replace Claude Puel with Pellegrino. Their players even faced boos at half-time, although the subsequent applause that greeted the final whistle underlined how the jury is very much still out on the new man. There is no such debate over Benitez who, just as he did at Liverpool, is skilfully galvanising a fervent fanbase that can be so pivotal to the club’s success. More than 3,000 Newcastle supporters had made the 700-mile round-trip to Hampshire for this 4pm Sunday kick-off and their relentless chanting of Benitez’s name was indicative of the momentum he has created even amid the longer-term uncertainty over the club’s ownership. Isaac Hayden scores Newcastle's first with a crisp shot Credit:  John Walton/PA “I am disappointed because we could have won but happy because of a point away against a good team,” said Benitez. “We are learning from every game – there were a couple of mistakes but I cannot complain or blame my players. I am not surprised by where we are. The spirit is very good and everybody in the city is behind the team.” Even a training-ground fight between Jamaal Lascelles and Mo Diame does not seem to have undermined that unity, though Jonjo Shelvey’s attempts to separate them left him with a broken finger and needing protective strapping for this game. A combination of the wider dearth of midfield options and Shelvey’s good form has seen him re-enter the England debate of late and his outswinging corner put Southampton under immediate pressure, with Christian Atsu shooting into the side-netting. Although Southampton were largely dominant in possession, Newcastle carried the greater initial goal threat with their quick counter-attacks and soon took a deserved lead. Van Dijk had missed a simple chance to clear and his team were punished. Joselu’s effort was initially blocked by Maya Yoshida, but the ball then bounced in front of Isaac Hayden. The former Arsenal midfielder unleashed a powerful low shot towards the centre of the goal that was sufficient to beat Forster, who could not recover his footing. Manolo Gabbiadini slots Southampton's first equaliser Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh With Lascelles vocally organising his team-mates, the match soon settled into a pattern of Southampton’s possession being negated by Newcastle’s defensive organisation. Dusan Tadic had both a shot and a header go narrowly wide while Van Dijk himself did beat goalkeeper Rob Elliot only for his glancing header to drift over. Southampton were clearly instructed to move the ball more directly in what Pellegrino called a “chaotic” second half but were almost 2-0 behind within seconds of the restart. Van Dijk had again failed to clear, allowing Ayoze Perez and Joselu to combine before Forster was rescued only by the crossbar. Southampton had failed to score in eight out of their last nine league games at St Mary’s – a statistic that had largely mirrored the poor form of Gabbiadini – but he did then deliver spectacularly. The Italy striker had chased a long down-field clearance to the edge of the by-line and looked certain simply to pick out the best option among those team-mates who had surged forward in support. Gabbiadini did turn but, rather than pass to the onrushing Cedric Soares, he simply dribbled the ball infield before again swivelling and brilliantly directing a low, left-footed shot back inside Elliot’s near-post. Parity, however, was to last less than 90 seconds. Southampton again lost their collective concentration, allowing Perez to sprint into the space between Yoshida and Van Dijk and immediately shoot. Forster should have gathered the ball but his save rebounded straight back into the path of Perez, who drilled his shot inside the post. Pellegrino reacted by bringing on both Steven Davis and Sofiane Boufal but, for Newcastle, the second equaliser was largely self-inflicted. Shane Long was chasing a long, bouncing ball forward but running away from goal when Florian Lejeun upended him with an unnecessary and clumsy lunge. Referee Kevin Friend rightly pointed to the penalty spot and Gabbiadini, whose confidence seemed suddenly to have returned following his first goal, finished emphatically into the top corner. Both teams could have won it in the final minutes, although a calf injury to Dwight Gayle once Beneitz had used up his substitutes clearly limited Newcastle. “We were expecting to use his pace but we played the last 10 minutes with 10 players,” said Benitez. “The players had do everything for the team; they are doing a great job.” 5:56PM Full time If Lejeune had not made that needless foul in the box, Newcastle would be heading home with all the points. Saints looked cooked at that point and though he almost made amends with that late bullet header, Davis saved the day. Kevin Friend's leniency with DeAndre Yedlin, who should have been sent off, cost Southampton the chance to exploit numerical supremacy.  5:54PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:54PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 5:53PM 90+6 min Newcastle corner when Murphy's shot is arrowed towards the left post. Van Dijk sticks out a leg to knock it behind. Van Dijk heads Ritchie's corner out of the box and the ref blows for time.  5:52PM 90+5 min Boufal hits a long ball from the left-back position that Newcastle mop up and move back up the right. Yedlin hits an outswinging cross into the box. Southampton clear.  5:51PM 90+4 min Van Dijk saves Yoshida from a terrible error when he lets the ball run. He sprints in to stop Gayle having a clear run on goal from 25 yards.  5:50PM 90+2 min Both should have gone off after treatment and then come back on but Friend allows them to stay on for the re-start which provokes much gesticulation from Pellegrino and jeers from the crowd: 'You don't know what you're doing' etc.  5:48PM 90+1 min They sweep the ball forward quickly but the attack ends when Ritchie and Hayden take each other out with a clash of heads. On rush the medical staff who eventually give them the all-clear.  5:47PM 89 min Newcastle break from the goalkick and win a corner. Lejeune evades Austin with a clever run to meet it and powers a header towards the bottom left corner. Davis, having been stationed there, keeps his cool to clear off the line and Saints break.  5:45PM 87 min Lejeune slides in to block Cedric's cross out for a corner and prevents Gabbiadini having a sniff of a hat-trick at the near post. The corner is caught comfortably by Elliott who then takes a knee ... but not in that way.  5:44PM 86 min Both sides still going for it. Bertrand and Boufal combine to free the left-back up the left. His cross is too close to Elliott who dives out to slap it away. Shelvey pouncs on the breaking ball as if time has stood still and passes it to Yedlin but his clearance is hounded down by Lemina and Boufal. The rapid counter breaks down with a foul.  5:42PM 85 min Hayden slips and goes in hard on Van Dijk but gets away with a second booking because it was evidently an accident on his part.  5:41PM 83 min Long goes off for Southampton and Austin, to loud cheers, comes on. Atsu is replaced by Jacob Murphy for Newcastle.  5:40PM 82 min Newcastle free-kick on the right by the junction of the 18-yard line and the vertical line of the penalty box. Ritchie scoops it beyond the far post, looking for the curler.  5:36PM 80 min A couple of bookings, for Gabbiadini kicking the ball away, and Hayden for going over the ball and planting his studs (while sliding) on to the top of Lemina's foot.  5:35PM 78 min Newcastle have a chance at the other end, just like after Saints' first equaliser, but Lejeune, on the end of the pumped cross, attempts to redeem himself instead of nodding it to the unmarked Gayle who gives him a mouthful. Forster's easy catch inspires sarcastic cheers.  5:33PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:33PM 76 min Gabbiadini trots up and absolutely larrups his left-foot shot into the top right corner, directing it so perfectly that he made the inside of the side-netting billow.  5:33PM GOAL! Southampton level it up with a goal from Manolo Gabbiadini: it's 2-2. Southampton 2 - 2 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 75 min) 5:32PM Gabbiadini converts it It's 2-2.  5:32PM Saints have a penalty Long was going away from goal, Lejeune stuck out a leg to give him a hurdle and he fell over it, as was his duty.  5:31PM 74 min Gayle has a sprint down the right into space but only Atsu is up with him and his cross doesn't find him.  5:30PM 72 min Decent near-post cross from Cedric after he robbed Atsu but no one had made the run there. I don't known if he deserves criticism for not looking up or Long and Gabbiadini for not splitting and one of them going there but I err towards the latter.  5:28PM 70 min Boufal concedes a cheap free-kick by dragging down Ritchie on the right, 10 yards up from the corner flag. He bends it into the box with his left-foot where it is glanced on to the back of it and Lejeune, glorying in the space and opportunity, overzealously whacks a rotten shot into orbit.  5:25PM 69 min Newcastle sub: Gayle on for Joselu.  5:25PM 68 min Gabbiadini cushions a pass back to goal 18 yards out towards Long after controlling a 50-yard pass but Merino steps in to nick it away.  5:24PM 67 min Saints substitution: Romeu off, Davis on.  5:23PM 66 min Bertrand and Boufal make progress up the left, square it to Lemina. The crowd screams 'Shoot!' so he does, straight into a thicket of blue-socked legs at the edge of the box. 5:22PM 64 min The corner from the left is swung in by Ritchie and Tadic, surprised to head it after it just beat Van Dijk's leap, miscues it across goal. Joselu attempts to pounce but Saints bundle it away.  5:20PM 62 min The crowd attempts to rouse Southampton with an anthem. It doesn't work instantly as Newcastle break and Ritchie shoots from 25 yards. His shot is blocked and goes out for a corner, giving Benitez an opportunity to withdraw Ayoze Perez and send on Mikel Merino.  5:18PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:18PM 60 min Friend penalises Gabbiadini for grabbing Lejeune's shirt in the box and hurling himself on to the deck.  5:17PM 59 min Cedric seizes the initiative to have a shot from 20 yards but it's scuffed straight at Elliott.  5:16PM 58 min Forster appears shot, flapping at a dipping left-wing cross from Atsu that thankfully for him sails beyond the goal. Boufal has a couple of direct dribbles in a minute but can't find a away past Yedlin yet. 5:14PM 56 min Rafa Benitez is a fine manager but I still feel he deserves damnation for the reintroduction of the managerial waistcoat. Saints make a sub: Boufal on for Redmond.  5:13PM 54 min Yedlin, who has been booked, gets away with a sliding lunge that pole-axes Redmond. He was nowhere near the ball and should have been dispatched. Instead Kevin Friend let him walk.  5:12PM 53 min Having worked so hard to get back into it and score a rare home goal, Saints have thrown it away.  5:11PM 50 min Forster fails to hang on to a low shot from Peres at the near post and parries it straight back to him. They say no second invitation necessary but it was a second invitation and Ayoze Perez smacked it past the floundering, foundering Fraser Forster.  Ayoze Perez puts Newcastle back into the lead Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   5:08PM 48 min Gabbiadini traps a long diagonal quite heavily and it takes him towards the byline. Manquillo tries to hold him up but he turns, skedaddles back towards his own goal. Cedric's run distracts a defender or two and allows Gabbiadini to stroke in a low shot into the bottom corner.  5:08PM GOAL! 1-2! Newcastle are back in the lead with a goal from Ayoze Pérez. Southampton 1 - 2 Newcastle (Ayoze Pérez, 51 min) 5:07PM GOAL! An equaliser from Manolo Gabbiadini for Southampton makes it 1-1. Southampton 1 - 1 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 49 min) Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images   5:07PM The shot count is similar Southampton have attempted nine shots so far, compared to six for Newcastle. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 5:06PM Gabbiadini equalises And it's a solo slalom effort.  5:06PM 47 min They switch it to the right where Ritchie passes to Perez who diddles the dawdling Van Dijk and skelps in a low cross. Joselu sticks out a leg to flick it towards the far post and it loops up. Forster moves across slowly in a bit of a panic but can't get there a sit hits the post and rebounds out. Shelvey sprints forward to retrieve and goes for shot-cross that scares the pants off Forster. Backpedalling, he swipes it behind for a corner in fear of it dropping in.  5:03PM 46 min Newcastle kick off, make ground up the left and earn a throw-in.  4:50PM Half time Southampton have created two outstanding chances and four or five meh ones. Lemina is a hell of a player and really should be playing higher to test Shelvey instead of sweeping up. But the pace has been too pedestrian at times and Newcastle, who are well organised at the back and playing to a well-understood plan on the counter, have looked pretty comfortable with everything bar the left-wing crosses.  Isaac Hayden celebrates scoring Newcastle's opening goal with DeAndre Yedlin Credit: AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK   4:47PM 45+1 min Redmond yanks Lascelles' shirt to concede a free-kick on halfway that Shelvey lifts into the box but as it is in midair, the People's Friend blows his Acme Thunderer.  4:47PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:47PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 4:45PM 45 min The board goes up for an extra minute of possession fun and high jinks from Southampton.  4:43PM 42 min One pass too many from Redmond instead of shooting creates a harder opportunity for Long with a defender breathing down his neck. His shot deflects off Lejeune and balloons towards Elliott who gets there before the lunging Gabbiadini. Redmond should have had a dig himself from 18 yards.  4:41PM 41 min Much better cross from Bertrand from the breakdown as he whips one in from the left and Tadic meets it 10 yards out at the near post. Brave block from Lascelles diverts it out for a corner, from which Southampton plod back into their own half in pursuit of hollow possession dominance.  4:39PM 39 min Lascelles yanks Long over with an arm around his shoulders as they went up for a header 30 yards from the Toon goal. Bertrand floats in a timid cross with no menace at all and Newcastle easily clear.  4:38PM 37 min Yoshida and Perez go up for a header, Perez arriving very late and bundling the centre-half over. Free-kick in the centre-circle.  4:36PM 36 min Saints play another pretty triangular routine down the right with Gabbiadini, Cedric and Tadic. But one mistake on the high wire act of close intricate passing in a constrained space invites failure and so it proves with a minimally overhit pass.  4:34PM 34 min Redmond has a heavy first touch today. New boots? Nike Concretos?  4:33PM 32 min Long comes out to the right to make a triangle with Cedric and Lemina who sweeps the ball across the field where Lejeune steps out of the line to disrupt the attack and send Saints on the retreat.  Mario Lemina is Saints' shining light Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   4:31PM 30 min Lemina again snaps into a tackle in the centre of the field to thwart a Newcastle counter, brushing Perez off the ball and darting forward until he was fouled.  4:30PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:30PM Southampton can't make their domination of the ball count Southampton vs Newcastle 4:29PM 28 min Redmond hasn't mastered the training ground free-kick and is drowned in boos when he passes it straight to Atsu but a tigerish tackle from Lemina saves the day. He moves the ball out to the left where Yoshida takes it on and bends in a superb cross with his left-foot that parts Gabbiadini's hair with the backdraft but was just an inch too high to ram home.  4:27PM 27 min Van Dijk and Southampton are back to their sterile crossfield passing for a phase until they move it forward and earn a free-kick for Manquillo's foul 35 yards out.  4:26PM 24 min Perez is penalised for a trip on Yoshida, for standing on his heel. The linesman didn't flag as Perez exploited his advantage by sprinting clear through on goal but Friend intervened.  Hayden rams in his shot Credit: John Walton/PA   4:24PM 22 min Southampton attack quickly from the kick-off and Gabbiadini gets into a tangle with Lejeune who, with both of them on the floor, manages to hook the ball out for a corner. Elliott flaps at the centre misses it completely and Van Dijk steers a header wide of the gaping net. Should have been the equaliser. Saints have missed two golden headed chances.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Virgil van Dijk, 22 min)   4:22PM 21 min The loopy cross came in from the left, Atsu met it on the volley and walloped it into the defender at point blank range. Forster went down to save the shot that didn't get through to him and couldn't get up quick enough when Hayden thundered in the rebound from the D.   4:20PM GOAL! Isaac Hayden scores for Newcastle to make it 0-1! Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Isaac Hayden, 20 min) 4:20PM Newcastle take the lead Hayden rams in a shot from 18 yards. Forster was wrong-footed.  4:19PM 19 min Forster, who I've long thought pedestrian with his footwork, has no sense of urgency when receiving a back pass. He doesn't see Perez hounding into the space between them and shanks his clearance into him and it bounces harmlessly.  4:18PM 17 min Tadic misses a golden chance at the back post. Van Dijk made the chance with a Hansen-esque gallop upfield and a pass out to Bertrand on the left. He threads a pass on to Redmond who stands up the ball to the back stick. Tadic tries to head it back across goal and over Elliott but bludgeons it over the bar.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 0 Newcastle (Dusan Tadic, 16 min)   4:15PM Neither Southampton or Newcastle are testing the goalkeepers so far Tense opening quarter of an hour at St. Mary's Stadium, as Southampton and Newcastle struggle to get shots on goal Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:15PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:15PM 15 min Sharp turn from Tadic when found by Cedric's pass. He spins Hayden and spanks a left-foot riser over the bar from 25 yards.  4:14PM Southampton have their first strike at goal Southampton respond to the earlier Newcastle effort with their first shot of the game. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:14PM 13 min Redmond has  a saunter up the left but when he cuts it back for Romeu he overhits it and Newcastle break through Hayden who passes to Atsu. The left-sider hares up the middle but fluffs his simple pass to Joselu.  4:11PM 11 min Romeu bodyslams Shelvey to concede a free-kick, running into him late after Shelvey had played a pass. The referee doesn't book him. Everyone's allowed one free hit on Shelvey it seems  ... and not without reason.  4:10PM 10 min Shelvey takes to the back post where Atsu meets it after a diversion and crashes a left-foot shot into the side-netting from 10 yards and a tight if not right angle.  4:09PM 8 min Newcastle play it back to Elliot who chips it up to halfway where Manquillo cushions it on his chest and switches over to the right. Yedlin nods it on to Ritchie who hooks a bouncing ball over Bertrand for Perez who advances towards the box but wastes a cross. He hits it too close to Van Dijk and Southampton hustle it out for a corner. 4:07PM 7 min Lemina keeps dropping between the centre-backs, who split, and the fullbacks bomb on when Southampton build from the back. He looked more influential playing higher up at Selhurst Park.  4:06PM 5 min First Newcastle attack with Manquillo and Atsu combining up the left but the left-back's lack of an adequate left foot means his control as he skirted the whitewash lets him down and the ball dribbles out for a Saints throw.  4:05PM 4 min Southampton continue to hog the ball, stroking it around, not being pressed in the first 60 yards. Yoshida mixes it up with another raking diagonal for Bertrand that Yedlin and Ritchie deal with competently.  4:03PM 2 min That's better, a long ball from Yoshida from right to left, headed on by Long to Redmond who dinks in a dipping cross that Manquillo, covering diligently and dutifully, heads out for a throw-in.  4:01PM 1 min Saints kick off, move it back to Yoshida and pass it from left to right and back again before Van Dijk launches a long diagonal up the right for Tadic who turns and heads back towards his own goal. Newcastle haven't had a touch but it's a parody of possession football so far.  4:00PM Time for the teams to huddle Newcastle are in blue. We'll be off in a few seconds.  3:45PM A word from some sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   3:43PM This Saints kit Is very Steve Moran but I can't help but dislike it. Stripes > bibs.  Southampton Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand; Romeu, Lemina; Tadic, Gabbiadini, Redmond, Long.  Subs Hoedt, Davis, Austin, McCarthy, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, McQueen.  Fans gather at St Mary's Credit: MATTHEW CHILDS/Action Images via Reuters Newcastle Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo; Shelvey; Ritchie, Hayden, Perez, Atsu; Joselu.  Subs Clark, Murphy, Gayle, Diame, Merino, Darlow, Jesus Gamez.  Referee Kevin has a Friend (in Jesus). 3:38PM St Mary's Has not been a happy away trip for Newcastle United recently:  their last four visits have all ended in comprehensive defeat - 2-0 in 2012-13, 4-0 the following season, 4-0 again in 2014-15 and 3-1 during the Toon's relegation season. You have to go back to September 2004 (Southampton's relegation season) for Newcastle's last victory there and it came with a forward line of Craig Bellamy, Patrick Kluivert and Alan Shearer. None of them scored, however, and they left 2-1 winners by virtue of an own goal from David Prutton and one from the right-back Stephen Carr.  3:24PM Ch-ch-ch-changes Southampton bring in Manolo Gabbiadini for Steven Davis in their quest for a second home victory of the season. Newcastle draft in Florian Lejeune for Ciaran Clark at centre-half and Isaac Hayden for Mikel Merino as alterations to the starting XI for the draw with Liverpool. 3:19PM Team news The teams are in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to face #NUFC this afternoon in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/X0rNFJlXUJ— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) October 15, 2017 TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up at @SouthamptonFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 4pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/hgz8tFwbKI— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 15, 2017   3:16PM Pre-match package What is it? It's the Premier League clash between Southampton and Newcastle. When is it? Today, so Sunday, October 15. What time is kick-off? At 4pm. What TV channel is it on? You can watch live coverage on Sky Sports Premier League or Sky Sports Main Event channel. Alternatively, bookmark this page and follow the latest with our rolling blog. Shane Long is expected to return for Southampton Credit: Reuters What are the odds? Southampton to win 20/23 Draw 13/5 Newcastle to win 15/4 What's the team news? Shane Long is expected to be fit to play for Southampton despite the forward missing Ireland's World Cup qualifying win against Wales on Monday because of a hip injury. Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey could play wearing a special cast, having broken a finger while trying to break up a training ground disagreement last week. Defenders Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara remain sidelined. Mauricio Pellegrino hopes to get one over his former manager Credit: Reuters What have they been saying? Rafa Benitez on coming up against Mauricio Pellegrino, who knows him better than most having both played for and coached with him. “It will be difficult to surprise him. “It’s a strange feeling. Especially Mauricio, because he was my player and I signed him for Liverpool too because I had a lot of confidence in him. And after he was my assistant for the same reason. “He knows everything about me because he was my player and assistant. He has an advantage, but at the same time we know him really well too. It is a special situation. If you wanted to say something or change something, he would know already.”

Southampton 2 Newcastle 2: Manolo Gabbiadini pulls Saints back from the brink

It was Rafael Benitez who gave Mauricio Pellegrino his first big opportunity in coaching and it would be the apprentice rather than the old master here who had the last word. Benitez’s Newcastle United had twice got themselves into a match-winning position that would have lifted them to level on points with Chelsea in fifth but were twice frustrated following two goals in 28 minutes from Manolo Gabbiadini. With Southampton struggling to score of late – and further unconvincing defensive performances by goalkeeper Fraser Forster and centre-back Virgil van Dijk – it left Newcastle ultimately more disappointed with a point. That very fact, though, was illustrative both of their obvious improvement under manager Rafael Benitez and how Southampton are still waiting for any really tangible uplift following the decision to replace Claude Puel with Pellegrino. Their players even faced boos at half-time, although the subsequent applause that greeted the final whistle underlined how the jury is very much still out on the new man. There is no such debate over Benitez who, just as he did at Liverpool, is skilfully galvanising a fervent fanbase that can be so pivotal to the club’s success. More than 3,000 Newcastle supporters had made the 700-mile round-trip to Hampshire for this 4pm Sunday kick-off and their relentless chanting of Benitez’s name was indicative of the momentum he has created even amid the longer-term uncertainty over the club’s ownership. Isaac Hayden scores Newcastle's first with a crisp shot Credit:  John Walton/PA “I am disappointed because we could have won but happy because of a point away against a good team,” said Benitez. “We are learning from every game – there were a couple of mistakes but I cannot complain or blame my players. I am not surprised by where we are. The spirit is very good and everybody in the city is behind the team.” Even a training-ground fight between Jamaal Lascelles and Mo Diame does not seem to have undermined that unity, though Jonjo Shelvey’s attempts to separate them left him with a broken finger and needing protective strapping for this game. A combination of the wider dearth of midfield options and Shelvey’s good form has seen him re-enter the England debate of late and his outswinging corner put Southampton under immediate pressure, with Christian Atsu shooting into the side-netting. Although Southampton were largely dominant in possession, Newcastle carried the greater initial goal threat with their quick counter-attacks and soon took a deserved lead. Van Dijk had missed a simple chance to clear and his team were punished. Joselu’s effort was initially blocked by Maya Yoshida, but the ball then bounced in front of Isaac Hayden. The former Arsenal midfielder unleashed a powerful low shot towards the centre of the goal that was sufficient to beat Forster, who could not recover his footing. Manolo Gabbiadini slots Southampton's first equaliser Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh With Lascelles vocally organising his team-mates, the match soon settled into a pattern of Southampton’s possession being negated by Newcastle’s defensive organisation. Dusan Tadic had both a shot and a header go narrowly wide while Van Dijk himself did beat goalkeeper Rob Elliot only for his glancing header to drift over. Southampton were clearly instructed to move the ball more directly in what Pellegrino called a “chaotic” second half but were almost 2-0 behind within seconds of the restart. Van Dijk had again failed to clear, allowing Ayoze Perez and Joselu to combine before Forster was rescued only by the crossbar. Southampton had failed to score in eight out of their last nine league games at St Mary’s – a statistic that had largely mirrored the poor form of Gabbiadini – but he did then deliver spectacularly. The Italy striker had chased a long down-field clearance to the edge of the by-line and looked certain simply to pick out the best option among those team-mates who had surged forward in support. Gabbiadini did turn but, rather than pass to the onrushing Cedric Soares, he simply dribbled the ball infield before again swivelling and brilliantly directing a low, left-footed shot back inside Elliot’s near-post. Parity, however, was to last less than 90 seconds. Southampton again lost their collective concentration, allowing Perez to sprint into the space between Yoshida and Van Dijk and immediately shoot. Forster should have gathered the ball but his save rebounded straight back into the path of Perez, who drilled his shot inside the post. Pellegrino reacted by bringing on both Steven Davis and Sofiane Boufal but, for Newcastle, the second equaliser was largely self-inflicted. Shane Long was chasing a long, bouncing ball forward but running away from goal when Florian Lejeun upended him with an unnecessary and clumsy lunge. Referee Kevin Friend rightly pointed to the penalty spot and Gabbiadini, whose confidence seemed suddenly to have returned following his first goal, finished emphatically into the top corner. Both teams could have won it in the final minutes, although a calf injury to Dwight Gayle once Beneitz had used up his substitutes clearly limited Newcastle. “We were expecting to use his pace but we played the last 10 minutes with 10 players,” said Benitez. “The players had do everything for the team; they are doing a great job.” 5:56PM Full time If Lejeune had not made that needless foul in the box, Newcastle would be heading home with all the points. Saints looked cooked at that point and though he almost made amends with that late bullet header, Davis saved the day. Kevin Friend's leniency with DeAndre Yedlin, who should have been sent off, cost Southampton the chance to exploit numerical supremacy.  5:54PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:54PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 5:53PM 90+6 min Newcastle corner when Murphy's shot is arrowed towards the left post. Van Dijk sticks out a leg to knock it behind. Van Dijk heads Ritchie's corner out of the box and the ref blows for time.  5:52PM 90+5 min Boufal hits a long ball from the left-back position that Newcastle mop up and move back up the right. Yedlin hits an outswinging cross into the box. Southampton clear.  5:51PM 90+4 min Van Dijk saves Yoshida from a terrible error when he lets the ball run. He sprints in to stop Gayle having a clear run on goal from 25 yards.  5:50PM 90+2 min Both should have gone off after treatment and then come back on but Friend allows them to stay on for the re-start which provokes much gesticulation from Pellegrino and jeers from the crowd: 'You don't know what you're doing' etc.  5:48PM 90+1 min They sweep the ball forward quickly but the attack ends when Ritchie and Hayden take each other out with a clash of heads. On rush the medical staff who eventually give them the all-clear.  5:47PM 89 min Newcastle break from the goalkick and win a corner. Lejeune evades Austin with a clever run to meet it and powers a header towards the bottom left corner. Davis, having been stationed there, keeps his cool to clear off the line and Saints break.  5:45PM 87 min Lejeune slides in to block Cedric's cross out for a corner and prevents Gabbiadini having a sniff of a hat-trick at the near post. The corner is caught comfortably by Elliott who then takes a knee ... but not in that way.  5:44PM 86 min Both sides still going for it. Bertrand and Boufal combine to free the left-back up the left. His cross is too close to Elliott who dives out to slap it away. Shelvey pouncs on the breaking ball as if time has stood still and passes it to Yedlin but his clearance is hounded down by Lemina and Boufal. The rapid counter breaks down with a foul.  5:42PM 85 min Hayden slips and goes in hard on Van Dijk but gets away with a second booking because it was evidently an accident on his part.  5:41PM 83 min Long goes off for Southampton and Austin, to loud cheers, comes on. Atsu is replaced by Jacob Murphy for Newcastle.  5:40PM 82 min Newcastle free-kick on the right by the junction of the 18-yard line and the vertical line of the penalty box. Ritchie scoops it beyond the far post, looking for the curler.  5:36PM 80 min A couple of bookings, for Gabbiadini kicking the ball away, and Hayden for going over the ball and planting his studs (while sliding) on to the top of Lemina's foot.  5:35PM 78 min Newcastle have a chance at the other end, just like after Saints' first equaliser, but Lejeune, on the end of the pumped cross, attempts to redeem himself instead of nodding it to the unmarked Gayle who gives him a mouthful. Forster's easy catch inspires sarcastic cheers.  5:33PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:33PM 76 min Gabbiadini trots up and absolutely larrups his left-foot shot into the top right corner, directing it so perfectly that he made the inside of the side-netting billow.  5:33PM GOAL! Southampton level it up with a goal from Manolo Gabbiadini: it's 2-2. Southampton 2 - 2 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 75 min) 5:32PM Gabbiadini converts it It's 2-2.  5:32PM Saints have a penalty Long was going away from goal, Lejeune stuck out a leg to give him a hurdle and he fell over it, as was his duty.  5:31PM 74 min Gayle has a sprint down the right into space but only Atsu is up with him and his cross doesn't find him.  5:30PM 72 min Decent near-post cross from Cedric after he robbed Atsu but no one had made the run there. I don't known if he deserves criticism for not looking up or Long and Gabbiadini for not splitting and one of them going there but I err towards the latter.  5:28PM 70 min Boufal concedes a cheap free-kick by dragging down Ritchie on the right, 10 yards up from the corner flag. He bends it into the box with his left-foot where it is glanced on to the back of it and Lejeune, glorying in the space and opportunity, overzealously whacks a rotten shot into orbit.  5:25PM 69 min Newcastle sub: Gayle on for Joselu.  5:25PM 68 min Gabbiadini cushions a pass back to goal 18 yards out towards Long after controlling a 50-yard pass but Merino steps in to nick it away.  5:24PM 67 min Saints substitution: Romeu off, Davis on.  5:23PM 66 min Bertrand and Boufal make progress up the left, square it to Lemina. The crowd screams 'Shoot!' so he does, straight into a thicket of blue-socked legs at the edge of the box. 5:22PM 64 min The corner from the left is swung in by Ritchie and Tadic, surprised to head it after it just beat Van Dijk's leap, miscues it across goal. Joselu attempts to pounce but Saints bundle it away.  5:20PM 62 min The crowd attempts to rouse Southampton with an anthem. It doesn't work instantly as Newcastle break and Ritchie shoots from 25 yards. His shot is blocked and goes out for a corner, giving Benitez an opportunity to withdraw Ayoze Perez and send on Mikel Merino.  5:18PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:18PM 60 min Friend penalises Gabbiadini for grabbing Lejeune's shirt in the box and hurling himself on to the deck.  5:17PM 59 min Cedric seizes the initiative to have a shot from 20 yards but it's scuffed straight at Elliott.  5:16PM 58 min Forster appears shot, flapping at a dipping left-wing cross from Atsu that thankfully for him sails beyond the goal. Boufal has a couple of direct dribbles in a minute but can't find a away past Yedlin yet. 5:14PM 56 min Rafa Benitez is a fine manager but I still feel he deserves damnation for the reintroduction of the managerial waistcoat. Saints make a sub: Boufal on for Redmond.  5:13PM 54 min Yedlin, who has been booked, gets away with a sliding lunge that pole-axes Redmond. He was nowhere near the ball and should have been dispatched. Instead Kevin Friend let him walk.  5:12PM 53 min Having worked so hard to get back into it and score a rare home goal, Saints have thrown it away.  5:11PM 50 min Forster fails to hang on to a low shot from Peres at the near post and parries it straight back to him. They say no second invitation necessary but it was a second invitation and Ayoze Perez smacked it past the floundering, foundering Fraser Forster.  Ayoze Perez puts Newcastle back into the lead Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   5:08PM 48 min Gabbiadini traps a long diagonal quite heavily and it takes him towards the byline. Manquillo tries to hold him up but he turns, skedaddles back towards his own goal. Cedric's run distracts a defender or two and allows Gabbiadini to stroke in a low shot into the bottom corner.  5:08PM GOAL! 1-2! Newcastle are back in the lead with a goal from Ayoze Pérez. Southampton 1 - 2 Newcastle (Ayoze Pérez, 51 min) 5:07PM GOAL! An equaliser from Manolo Gabbiadini for Southampton makes it 1-1. Southampton 1 - 1 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 49 min) Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images   5:07PM The shot count is similar Southampton have attempted nine shots so far, compared to six for Newcastle. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 5:06PM Gabbiadini equalises And it's a solo slalom effort.  5:06PM 47 min They switch it to the right where Ritchie passes to Perez who diddles the dawdling Van Dijk and skelps in a low cross. Joselu sticks out a leg to flick it towards the far post and it loops up. Forster moves across slowly in a bit of a panic but can't get there a sit hits the post and rebounds out. Shelvey sprints forward to retrieve and goes for shot-cross that scares the pants off Forster. Backpedalling, he swipes it behind for a corner in fear of it dropping in.  5:03PM 46 min Newcastle kick off, make ground up the left and earn a throw-in.  4:50PM Half time Southampton have created two outstanding chances and four or five meh ones. Lemina is a hell of a player and really should be playing higher to test Shelvey instead of sweeping up. But the pace has been too pedestrian at times and Newcastle, who are well organised at the back and playing to a well-understood plan on the counter, have looked pretty comfortable with everything bar the left-wing crosses.  Isaac Hayden celebrates scoring Newcastle's opening goal with DeAndre Yedlin Credit: AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK   4:47PM 45+1 min Redmond yanks Lascelles' shirt to concede a free-kick on halfway that Shelvey lifts into the box but as it is in midair, the People's Friend blows his Acme Thunderer.  4:47PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:47PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 4:45PM 45 min The board goes up for an extra minute of possession fun and high jinks from Southampton.  4:43PM 42 min One pass too many from Redmond instead of shooting creates a harder opportunity for Long with a defender breathing down his neck. His shot deflects off Lejeune and balloons towards Elliott who gets there before the lunging Gabbiadini. Redmond should have had a dig himself from 18 yards.  4:41PM 41 min Much better cross from Bertrand from the breakdown as he whips one in from the left and Tadic meets it 10 yards out at the near post. Brave block from Lascelles diverts it out for a corner, from which Southampton plod back into their own half in pursuit of hollow possession dominance.  4:39PM 39 min Lascelles yanks Long over with an arm around his shoulders as they went up for a header 30 yards from the Toon goal. Bertrand floats in a timid cross with no menace at all and Newcastle easily clear.  4:38PM 37 min Yoshida and Perez go up for a header, Perez arriving very late and bundling the centre-half over. Free-kick in the centre-circle.  4:36PM 36 min Saints play another pretty triangular routine down the right with Gabbiadini, Cedric and Tadic. But one mistake on the high wire act of close intricate passing in a constrained space invites failure and so it proves with a minimally overhit pass.  4:34PM 34 min Redmond has a heavy first touch today. New boots? Nike Concretos?  4:33PM 32 min Long comes out to the right to make a triangle with Cedric and Lemina who sweeps the ball across the field where Lejeune steps out of the line to disrupt the attack and send Saints on the retreat.  Mario Lemina is Saints' shining light Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   4:31PM 30 min Lemina again snaps into a tackle in the centre of the field to thwart a Newcastle counter, brushing Perez off the ball and darting forward until he was fouled.  4:30PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:30PM Southampton can't make their domination of the ball count Southampton vs Newcastle 4:29PM 28 min Redmond hasn't mastered the training ground free-kick and is drowned in boos when he passes it straight to Atsu but a tigerish tackle from Lemina saves the day. He moves the ball out to the left where Yoshida takes it on and bends in a superb cross with his left-foot that parts Gabbiadini's hair with the backdraft but was just an inch too high to ram home.  4:27PM 27 min Van Dijk and Southampton are back to their sterile crossfield passing for a phase until they move it forward and earn a free-kick for Manquillo's foul 35 yards out.  4:26PM 24 min Perez is penalised for a trip on Yoshida, for standing on his heel. The linesman didn't flag as Perez exploited his advantage by sprinting clear through on goal but Friend intervened.  Hayden rams in his shot Credit: John Walton/PA   4:24PM 22 min Southampton attack quickly from the kick-off and Gabbiadini gets into a tangle with Lejeune who, with both of them on the floor, manages to hook the ball out for a corner. Elliott flaps at the centre misses it completely and Van Dijk steers a header wide of the gaping net. Should have been the equaliser. Saints have missed two golden headed chances.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Virgil van Dijk, 22 min)   4:22PM 21 min The loopy cross came in from the left, Atsu met it on the volley and walloped it into the defender at point blank range. Forster went down to save the shot that didn't get through to him and couldn't get up quick enough when Hayden thundered in the rebound from the D.   4:20PM GOAL! Isaac Hayden scores for Newcastle to make it 0-1! Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Isaac Hayden, 20 min) 4:20PM Newcastle take the lead Hayden rams in a shot from 18 yards. Forster was wrong-footed.  4:19PM 19 min Forster, who I've long thought pedestrian with his footwork, has no sense of urgency when receiving a back pass. He doesn't see Perez hounding into the space between them and shanks his clearance into him and it bounces harmlessly.  4:18PM 17 min Tadic misses a golden chance at the back post. Van Dijk made the chance with a Hansen-esque gallop upfield and a pass out to Bertrand on the left. He threads a pass on to Redmond who stands up the ball to the back stick. Tadic tries to head it back across goal and over Elliott but bludgeons it over the bar.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 0 Newcastle (Dusan Tadic, 16 min)   4:15PM Neither Southampton or Newcastle are testing the goalkeepers so far Tense opening quarter of an hour at St. Mary's Stadium, as Southampton and Newcastle struggle to get shots on goal Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:15PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:15PM 15 min Sharp turn from Tadic when found by Cedric's pass. He spins Hayden and spanks a left-foot riser over the bar from 25 yards.  4:14PM Southampton have their first strike at goal Southampton respond to the earlier Newcastle effort with their first shot of the game. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:14PM 13 min Redmond has  a saunter up the left but when he cuts it back for Romeu he overhits it and Newcastle break through Hayden who passes to Atsu. The left-sider hares up the middle but fluffs his simple pass to Joselu.  4:11PM 11 min Romeu bodyslams Shelvey to concede a free-kick, running into him late after Shelvey had played a pass. The referee doesn't book him. Everyone's allowed one free hit on Shelvey it seems  ... and not without reason.  4:10PM 10 min Shelvey takes to the back post where Atsu meets it after a diversion and crashes a left-foot shot into the side-netting from 10 yards and a tight if not right angle.  4:09PM 8 min Newcastle play it back to Elliot who chips it up to halfway where Manquillo cushions it on his chest and switches over to the right. Yedlin nods it on to Ritchie who hooks a bouncing ball over Bertrand for Perez who advances towards the box but wastes a cross. He hits it too close to Van Dijk and Southampton hustle it out for a corner. 4:07PM 7 min Lemina keeps dropping between the centre-backs, who split, and the fullbacks bomb on when Southampton build from the back. He looked more influential playing higher up at Selhurst Park.  4:06PM 5 min First Newcastle attack with Manquillo and Atsu combining up the left but the left-back's lack of an adequate left foot means his control as he skirted the whitewash lets him down and the ball dribbles out for a Saints throw.  4:05PM 4 min Southampton continue to hog the ball, stroking it around, not being pressed in the first 60 yards. Yoshida mixes it up with another raking diagonal for Bertrand that Yedlin and Ritchie deal with competently.  4:03PM 2 min That's better, a long ball from Yoshida from right to left, headed on by Long to Redmond who dinks in a dipping cross that Manquillo, covering diligently and dutifully, heads out for a throw-in.  4:01PM 1 min Saints kick off, move it back to Yoshida and pass it from left to right and back again before Van Dijk launches a long diagonal up the right for Tadic who turns and heads back towards his own goal. Newcastle haven't had a touch but it's a parody of possession football so far.  4:00PM Time for the teams to huddle Newcastle are in blue. We'll be off in a few seconds.  3:45PM A word from some sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   3:43PM This Saints kit Is very Steve Moran but I can't help but dislike it. Stripes > bibs.  Southampton Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand; Romeu, Lemina; Tadic, Gabbiadini, Redmond, Long.  Subs Hoedt, Davis, Austin, McCarthy, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, McQueen.  Fans gather at St Mary's Credit: MATTHEW CHILDS/Action Images via Reuters Newcastle Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo; Shelvey; Ritchie, Hayden, Perez, Atsu; Joselu.  Subs Clark, Murphy, Gayle, Diame, Merino, Darlow, Jesus Gamez.  Referee Kevin has a Friend (in Jesus). 3:38PM St Mary's Has not been a happy away trip for Newcastle United recently:  their last four visits have all ended in comprehensive defeat - 2-0 in 2012-13, 4-0 the following season, 4-0 again in 2014-15 and 3-1 during the Toon's relegation season. You have to go back to September 2004 (Southampton's relegation season) for Newcastle's last victory there and it came with a forward line of Craig Bellamy, Patrick Kluivert and Alan Shearer. None of them scored, however, and they left 2-1 winners by virtue of an own goal from David Prutton and one from the right-back Stephen Carr.  3:24PM Ch-ch-ch-changes Southampton bring in Manolo Gabbiadini for Steven Davis in their quest for a second home victory of the season. Newcastle draft in Florian Lejeune for Ciaran Clark at centre-half and Isaac Hayden for Mikel Merino as alterations to the starting XI for the draw with Liverpool. 3:19PM Team news The teams are in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to face #NUFC this afternoon in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/X0rNFJlXUJ— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) October 15, 2017 TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up at @SouthamptonFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 4pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/hgz8tFwbKI— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 15, 2017   3:16PM Pre-match package What is it? It's the Premier League clash between Southampton and Newcastle. When is it? Today, so Sunday, October 15. What time is kick-off? At 4pm. What TV channel is it on? You can watch live coverage on Sky Sports Premier League or Sky Sports Main Event channel. Alternatively, bookmark this page and follow the latest with our rolling blog. Shane Long is expected to return for Southampton Credit: Reuters What are the odds? Southampton to win 20/23 Draw 13/5 Newcastle to win 15/4 What's the team news? Shane Long is expected to be fit to play for Southampton despite the forward missing Ireland's World Cup qualifying win against Wales on Monday because of a hip injury. Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey could play wearing a special cast, having broken a finger while trying to break up a training ground disagreement last week. Defenders Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara remain sidelined. Mauricio Pellegrino hopes to get one over his former manager Credit: Reuters What have they been saying? Rafa Benitez on coming up against Mauricio Pellegrino, who knows him better than most having both played for and coached with him. “It will be difficult to surprise him. “It’s a strange feeling. Especially Mauricio, because he was my player and I signed him for Liverpool too because I had a lot of confidence in him. And after he was my assistant for the same reason. “He knows everything about me because he was my player and assistant. He has an advantage, but at the same time we know him really well too. It is a special situation. If you wanted to say something or change something, he would know already.”

Southampton 2 Newcastle 2: Manolo Gabbiadini pulls Saints back from the brink

It was Rafael Benitez who gave Mauricio Pellegrino his first big opportunity in coaching and it would be the apprentice rather than the old master here who had the last word. Benitez’s Newcastle United had twice got themselves into a match-winning position that would have lifted them to level on points with Chelsea in fifth but were twice frustrated following two goals in 28 minutes from Manolo Gabbiadini. With Southampton struggling to score of late – and further unconvincing defensive performances by goalkeeper Fraser Forster and centre-back Virgil van Dijk – it left Newcastle ultimately more disappointed with a point. That very fact, though, was illustrative both of their obvious improvement under manager Rafael Benitez and how Southampton are still waiting for any really tangible uplift following the decision to replace Claude Puel with Pellegrino. Their players even faced boos at half-time, although the subsequent applause that greeted the final whistle underlined how the jury is very much still out on the new man. There is no such debate over Benitez who, just as he did at Liverpool, is skilfully galvanising a fervent fanbase that can be so pivotal to the club’s success. More than 3,000 Newcastle supporters had made the 700-mile round-trip to Hampshire for this 4pm Sunday kick-off and their relentless chanting of Benitez’s name was indicative of the momentum he has created even amid the longer-term uncertainty over the club’s ownership. Isaac Hayden scores Newcastle's first with a crisp shot Credit:  John Walton/PA “I am disappointed because we could have won but happy because of a point away against a good team,” said Benitez. “We are learning from every game – there were a couple of mistakes but I cannot complain or blame my players. I am not surprised by where we are. The spirit is very good and everybody in the city is behind the team.” Even a training-ground fight between Jamaal Lascelles and Mo Diame does not seem to have undermined that unity, though Jonjo Shelvey’s attempts to separate them left him with a broken finger and needing protective strapping for this game. A combination of the wider dearth of midfield options and Shelvey’s good form has seen him re-enter the England debate of late and his outswinging corner put Southampton under immediate pressure, with Christian Atsu shooting into the side-netting. Although Southampton were largely dominant in possession, Newcastle carried the greater initial goal threat with their quick counter-attacks and soon took a deserved lead. Van Dijk had missed a simple chance to clear and his team were punished. Joselu’s effort was initially blocked by Maya Yoshida, but the ball then bounced in front of Isaac Hayden. The former Arsenal midfielder unleashed a powerful low shot towards the centre of the goal that was sufficient to beat Forster, who could not recover his footing. Manolo Gabbiadini slots Southampton's first equaliser Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh With Lascelles vocally organising his team-mates, the match soon settled into a pattern of Southampton’s possession being negated by Newcastle’s defensive organisation. Dusan Tadic had both a shot and a header go narrowly wide while Van Dijk himself did beat goalkeeper Rob Elliot only for his glancing header to drift over. Southampton were clearly instructed to move the ball more directly in what Pellegrino called a “chaotic” second half but were almost 2-0 behind within seconds of the restart. Van Dijk had again failed to clear, allowing Ayoze Perez and Joselu to combine before Forster was rescued only by the crossbar. Southampton had failed to score in eight out of their last nine league games at St Mary’s – a statistic that had largely mirrored the poor form of Gabbiadini – but he did then deliver spectacularly. The Italy striker had chased a long down-field clearance to the edge of the by-line and looked certain simply to pick out the best option among those team-mates who had surged forward in support. Gabbiadini did turn but, rather than pass to the onrushing Cedric Soares, he simply dribbled the ball infield before again swivelling and brilliantly directing a low, left-footed shot back inside Elliot’s near-post. Parity, however, was to last less than 90 seconds. Southampton again lost their collective concentration, allowing Perez to sprint into the space between Yoshida and Van Dijk and immediately shoot. Forster should have gathered the ball but his save rebounded straight back into the path of Perez, who drilled his shot inside the post. Pellegrino reacted by bringing on both Steven Davis and Sofiane Boufal but, for Newcastle, the second equaliser was largely self-inflicted. Shane Long was chasing a long, bouncing ball forward but running away from goal when Florian Lejeun upended him with an unnecessary and clumsy lunge. Referee Kevin Friend rightly pointed to the penalty spot and Gabbiadini, whose confidence seemed suddenly to have returned following his first goal, finished emphatically into the top corner. Both teams could have won it in the final minutes, although a calf injury to Dwight Gayle once Beneitz had used up his substitutes clearly limited Newcastle. “We were expecting to use his pace but we played the last 10 minutes with 10 players,” said Benitez. “The players had do everything for the team; they are doing a great job.” 5:56PM Full time If Lejeune had not made that needless foul in the box, Newcastle would be heading home with all the points. Saints looked cooked at that point and though he almost made amends with that late bullet header, Davis saved the day. Kevin Friend's leniency with DeAndre Yedlin, who should have been sent off, cost Southampton the chance to exploit numerical supremacy.  5:54PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:54PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 5:53PM 90+6 min Newcastle corner when Murphy's shot is arrowed towards the left post. Van Dijk sticks out a leg to knock it behind. Van Dijk heads Ritchie's corner out of the box and the ref blows for time.  5:52PM 90+5 min Boufal hits a long ball from the left-back position that Newcastle mop up and move back up the right. Yedlin hits an outswinging cross into the box. Southampton clear.  5:51PM 90+4 min Van Dijk saves Yoshida from a terrible error when he lets the ball run. He sprints in to stop Gayle having a clear run on goal from 25 yards.  5:50PM 90+2 min Both should have gone off after treatment and then come back on but Friend allows them to stay on for the re-start which provokes much gesticulation from Pellegrino and jeers from the crowd: 'You don't know what you're doing' etc.  5:48PM 90+1 min They sweep the ball forward quickly but the attack ends when Ritchie and Hayden take each other out with a clash of heads. On rush the medical staff who eventually give them the all-clear.  5:47PM 89 min Newcastle break from the goalkick and win a corner. Lejeune evades Austin with a clever run to meet it and powers a header towards the bottom left corner. Davis, having been stationed there, keeps his cool to clear off the line and Saints break.  5:45PM 87 min Lejeune slides in to block Cedric's cross out for a corner and prevents Gabbiadini having a sniff of a hat-trick at the near post. The corner is caught comfortably by Elliott who then takes a knee ... but not in that way.  5:44PM 86 min Both sides still going for it. Bertrand and Boufal combine to free the left-back up the left. His cross is too close to Elliott who dives out to slap it away. Shelvey pouncs on the breaking ball as if time has stood still and passes it to Yedlin but his clearance is hounded down by Lemina and Boufal. The rapid counter breaks down with a foul.  5:42PM 85 min Hayden slips and goes in hard on Van Dijk but gets away with a second booking because it was evidently an accident on his part.  5:41PM 83 min Long goes off for Southampton and Austin, to loud cheers, comes on. Atsu is replaced by Jacob Murphy for Newcastle.  5:40PM 82 min Newcastle free-kick on the right by the junction of the 18-yard line and the vertical line of the penalty box. Ritchie scoops it beyond the far post, looking for the curler.  5:36PM 80 min A couple of bookings, for Gabbiadini kicking the ball away, and Hayden for going over the ball and planting his studs (while sliding) on to the top of Lemina's foot.  5:35PM 78 min Newcastle have a chance at the other end, just like after Saints' first equaliser, but Lejeune, on the end of the pumped cross, attempts to redeem himself instead of nodding it to the unmarked Gayle who gives him a mouthful. Forster's easy catch inspires sarcastic cheers.  5:33PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:33PM 76 min Gabbiadini trots up and absolutely larrups his left-foot shot into the top right corner, directing it so perfectly that he made the inside of the side-netting billow.  5:33PM GOAL! Southampton level it up with a goal from Manolo Gabbiadini: it's 2-2. Southampton 2 - 2 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 75 min) 5:32PM Gabbiadini converts it It's 2-2.  5:32PM Saints have a penalty Long was going away from goal, Lejeune stuck out a leg to give him a hurdle and he fell over it, as was his duty.  5:31PM 74 min Gayle has a sprint down the right into space but only Atsu is up with him and his cross doesn't find him.  5:30PM 72 min Decent near-post cross from Cedric after he robbed Atsu but no one had made the run there. I don't known if he deserves criticism for not looking up or Long and Gabbiadini for not splitting and one of them going there but I err towards the latter.  5:28PM 70 min Boufal concedes a cheap free-kick by dragging down Ritchie on the right, 10 yards up from the corner flag. He bends it into the box with his left-foot where it is glanced on to the back of it and Lejeune, glorying in the space and opportunity, overzealously whacks a rotten shot into orbit.  5:25PM 69 min Newcastle sub: Gayle on for Joselu.  5:25PM 68 min Gabbiadini cushions a pass back to goal 18 yards out towards Long after controlling a 50-yard pass but Merino steps in to nick it away.  5:24PM 67 min Saints substitution: Romeu off, Davis on.  5:23PM 66 min Bertrand and Boufal make progress up the left, square it to Lemina. The crowd screams 'Shoot!' so he does, straight into a thicket of blue-socked legs at the edge of the box. 5:22PM 64 min The corner from the left is swung in by Ritchie and Tadic, surprised to head it after it just beat Van Dijk's leap, miscues it across goal. Joselu attempts to pounce but Saints bundle it away.  5:20PM 62 min The crowd attempts to rouse Southampton with an anthem. It doesn't work instantly as Newcastle break and Ritchie shoots from 25 yards. His shot is blocked and goes out for a corner, giving Benitez an opportunity to withdraw Ayoze Perez and send on Mikel Merino.  5:18PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:18PM 60 min Friend penalises Gabbiadini for grabbing Lejeune's shirt in the box and hurling himself on to the deck.  5:17PM 59 min Cedric seizes the initiative to have a shot from 20 yards but it's scuffed straight at Elliott.  5:16PM 58 min Forster appears shot, flapping at a dipping left-wing cross from Atsu that thankfully for him sails beyond the goal. Boufal has a couple of direct dribbles in a minute but can't find a away past Yedlin yet. 5:14PM 56 min Rafa Benitez is a fine manager but I still feel he deserves damnation for the reintroduction of the managerial waistcoat. Saints make a sub: Boufal on for Redmond.  5:13PM 54 min Yedlin, who has been booked, gets away with a sliding lunge that pole-axes Redmond. He was nowhere near the ball and should have been dispatched. Instead Kevin Friend let him walk.  5:12PM 53 min Having worked so hard to get back into it and score a rare home goal, Saints have thrown it away.  5:11PM 50 min Forster fails to hang on to a low shot from Peres at the near post and parries it straight back to him. They say no second invitation necessary but it was a second invitation and Ayoze Perez smacked it past the floundering, foundering Fraser Forster.  Ayoze Perez puts Newcastle back into the lead Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   5:08PM 48 min Gabbiadini traps a long diagonal quite heavily and it takes him towards the byline. Manquillo tries to hold him up but he turns, skedaddles back towards his own goal. Cedric's run distracts a defender or two and allows Gabbiadini to stroke in a low shot into the bottom corner.  5:08PM GOAL! 1-2! Newcastle are back in the lead with a goal from Ayoze Pérez. Southampton 1 - 2 Newcastle (Ayoze Pérez, 51 min) 5:07PM GOAL! An equaliser from Manolo Gabbiadini for Southampton makes it 1-1. Southampton 1 - 1 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 49 min) Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images   5:07PM The shot count is similar Southampton have attempted nine shots so far, compared to six for Newcastle. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 5:06PM Gabbiadini equalises And it's a solo slalom effort.  5:06PM 47 min They switch it to the right where Ritchie passes to Perez who diddles the dawdling Van Dijk and skelps in a low cross. Joselu sticks out a leg to flick it towards the far post and it loops up. Forster moves across slowly in a bit of a panic but can't get there a sit hits the post and rebounds out. Shelvey sprints forward to retrieve and goes for shot-cross that scares the pants off Forster. Backpedalling, he swipes it behind for a corner in fear of it dropping in.  5:03PM 46 min Newcastle kick off, make ground up the left and earn a throw-in.  4:50PM Half time Southampton have created two outstanding chances and four or five meh ones. Lemina is a hell of a player and really should be playing higher to test Shelvey instead of sweeping up. But the pace has been too pedestrian at times and Newcastle, who are well organised at the back and playing to a well-understood plan on the counter, have looked pretty comfortable with everything bar the left-wing crosses.  Isaac Hayden celebrates scoring Newcastle's opening goal with DeAndre Yedlin Credit: AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK   4:47PM 45+1 min Redmond yanks Lascelles' shirt to concede a free-kick on halfway that Shelvey lifts into the box but as it is in midair, the People's Friend blows his Acme Thunderer.  4:47PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:47PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 4:45PM 45 min The board goes up for an extra minute of possession fun and high jinks from Southampton.  4:43PM 42 min One pass too many from Redmond instead of shooting creates a harder opportunity for Long with a defender breathing down his neck. His shot deflects off Lejeune and balloons towards Elliott who gets there before the lunging Gabbiadini. Redmond should have had a dig himself from 18 yards.  4:41PM 41 min Much better cross from Bertrand from the breakdown as he whips one in from the left and Tadic meets it 10 yards out at the near post. Brave block from Lascelles diverts it out for a corner, from which Southampton plod back into their own half in pursuit of hollow possession dominance.  4:39PM 39 min Lascelles yanks Long over with an arm around his shoulders as they went up for a header 30 yards from the Toon goal. Bertrand floats in a timid cross with no menace at all and Newcastle easily clear.  4:38PM 37 min Yoshida and Perez go up for a header, Perez arriving very late and bundling the centre-half over. Free-kick in the centre-circle.  4:36PM 36 min Saints play another pretty triangular routine down the right with Gabbiadini, Cedric and Tadic. But one mistake on the high wire act of close intricate passing in a constrained space invites failure and so it proves with a minimally overhit pass.  4:34PM 34 min Redmond has a heavy first touch today. New boots? Nike Concretos?  4:33PM 32 min Long comes out to the right to make a triangle with Cedric and Lemina who sweeps the ball across the field where Lejeune steps out of the line to disrupt the attack and send Saints on the retreat.  Mario Lemina is Saints' shining light Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   4:31PM 30 min Lemina again snaps into a tackle in the centre of the field to thwart a Newcastle counter, brushing Perez off the ball and darting forward until he was fouled.  4:30PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:30PM Southampton can't make their domination of the ball count Southampton vs Newcastle 4:29PM 28 min Redmond hasn't mastered the training ground free-kick and is drowned in boos when he passes it straight to Atsu but a tigerish tackle from Lemina saves the day. He moves the ball out to the left where Yoshida takes it on and bends in a superb cross with his left-foot that parts Gabbiadini's hair with the backdraft but was just an inch too high to ram home.  4:27PM 27 min Van Dijk and Southampton are back to their sterile crossfield passing for a phase until they move it forward and earn a free-kick for Manquillo's foul 35 yards out.  4:26PM 24 min Perez is penalised for a trip on Yoshida, for standing on his heel. The linesman didn't flag as Perez exploited his advantage by sprinting clear through on goal but Friend intervened.  Hayden rams in his shot Credit: John Walton/PA   4:24PM 22 min Southampton attack quickly from the kick-off and Gabbiadini gets into a tangle with Lejeune who, with both of them on the floor, manages to hook the ball out for a corner. Elliott flaps at the centre misses it completely and Van Dijk steers a header wide of the gaping net. Should have been the equaliser. Saints have missed two golden headed chances.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Virgil van Dijk, 22 min)   4:22PM 21 min The loopy cross came in from the left, Atsu met it on the volley and walloped it into the defender at point blank range. Forster went down to save the shot that didn't get through to him and couldn't get up quick enough when Hayden thundered in the rebound from the D.   4:20PM GOAL! Isaac Hayden scores for Newcastle to make it 0-1! Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Isaac Hayden, 20 min) 4:20PM Newcastle take the lead Hayden rams in a shot from 18 yards. Forster was wrong-footed.  4:19PM 19 min Forster, who I've long thought pedestrian with his footwork, has no sense of urgency when receiving a back pass. He doesn't see Perez hounding into the space between them and shanks his clearance into him and it bounces harmlessly.  4:18PM 17 min Tadic misses a golden chance at the back post. Van Dijk made the chance with a Hansen-esque gallop upfield and a pass out to Bertrand on the left. He threads a pass on to Redmond who stands up the ball to the back stick. Tadic tries to head it back across goal and over Elliott but bludgeons it over the bar.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 0 Newcastle (Dusan Tadic, 16 min)   4:15PM Neither Southampton or Newcastle are testing the goalkeepers so far Tense opening quarter of an hour at St. Mary's Stadium, as Southampton and Newcastle struggle to get shots on goal Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:15PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:15PM 15 min Sharp turn from Tadic when found by Cedric's pass. He spins Hayden and spanks a left-foot riser over the bar from 25 yards.  4:14PM Southampton have their first strike at goal Southampton respond to the earlier Newcastle effort with their first shot of the game. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:14PM 13 min Redmond has  a saunter up the left but when he cuts it back for Romeu he overhits it and Newcastle break through Hayden who passes to Atsu. The left-sider hares up the middle but fluffs his simple pass to Joselu.  4:11PM 11 min Romeu bodyslams Shelvey to concede a free-kick, running into him late after Shelvey had played a pass. The referee doesn't book him. Everyone's allowed one free hit on Shelvey it seems  ... and not without reason.  4:10PM 10 min Shelvey takes to the back post where Atsu meets it after a diversion and crashes a left-foot shot into the side-netting from 10 yards and a tight if not right angle.  4:09PM 8 min Newcastle play it back to Elliot who chips it up to halfway where Manquillo cushions it on his chest and switches over to the right. Yedlin nods it on to Ritchie who hooks a bouncing ball over Bertrand for Perez who advances towards the box but wastes a cross. He hits it too close to Van Dijk and Southampton hustle it out for a corner. 4:07PM 7 min Lemina keeps dropping between the centre-backs, who split, and the fullbacks bomb on when Southampton build from the back. He looked more influential playing higher up at Selhurst Park.  4:06PM 5 min First Newcastle attack with Manquillo and Atsu combining up the left but the left-back's lack of an adequate left foot means his control as he skirted the whitewash lets him down and the ball dribbles out for a Saints throw.  4:05PM 4 min Southampton continue to hog the ball, stroking it around, not being pressed in the first 60 yards. Yoshida mixes it up with another raking diagonal for Bertrand that Yedlin and Ritchie deal with competently.  4:03PM 2 min That's better, a long ball from Yoshida from right to left, headed on by Long to Redmond who dinks in a dipping cross that Manquillo, covering diligently and dutifully, heads out for a throw-in.  4:01PM 1 min Saints kick off, move it back to Yoshida and pass it from left to right and back again before Van Dijk launches a long diagonal up the right for Tadic who turns and heads back towards his own goal. Newcastle haven't had a touch but it's a parody of possession football so far.  4:00PM Time for the teams to huddle Newcastle are in blue. We'll be off in a few seconds.  3:45PM A word from some sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   3:43PM This Saints kit Is very Steve Moran but I can't help but dislike it. Stripes > bibs.  Southampton Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand; Romeu, Lemina; Tadic, Gabbiadini, Redmond, Long.  Subs Hoedt, Davis, Austin, McCarthy, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, McQueen.  Fans gather at St Mary's Credit: MATTHEW CHILDS/Action Images via Reuters Newcastle Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo; Shelvey; Ritchie, Hayden, Perez, Atsu; Joselu.  Subs Clark, Murphy, Gayle, Diame, Merino, Darlow, Jesus Gamez.  Referee Kevin has a Friend (in Jesus). 3:38PM St Mary's Has not been a happy away trip for Newcastle United recently:  their last four visits have all ended in comprehensive defeat - 2-0 in 2012-13, 4-0 the following season, 4-0 again in 2014-15 and 3-1 during the Toon's relegation season. You have to go back to September 2004 (Southampton's relegation season) for Newcastle's last victory there and it came with a forward line of Craig Bellamy, Patrick Kluivert and Alan Shearer. None of them scored, however, and they left 2-1 winners by virtue of an own goal from David Prutton and one from the right-back Stephen Carr.  3:24PM Ch-ch-ch-changes Southampton bring in Manolo Gabbiadini for Steven Davis in their quest for a second home victory of the season. Newcastle draft in Florian Lejeune for Ciaran Clark at centre-half and Isaac Hayden for Mikel Merino as alterations to the starting XI for the draw with Liverpool. 3:19PM Team news The teams are in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to face #NUFC this afternoon in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/X0rNFJlXUJ— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) October 15, 2017 TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up at @SouthamptonFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 4pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/hgz8tFwbKI— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 15, 2017   3:16PM Pre-match package What is it? It's the Premier League clash between Southampton and Newcastle. When is it? Today, so Sunday, October 15. What time is kick-off? At 4pm. What TV channel is it on? You can watch live coverage on Sky Sports Premier League or Sky Sports Main Event channel. Alternatively, bookmark this page and follow the latest with our rolling blog. Shane Long is expected to return for Southampton Credit: Reuters What are the odds? Southampton to win 20/23 Draw 13/5 Newcastle to win 15/4 What's the team news? Shane Long is expected to be fit to play for Southampton despite the forward missing Ireland's World Cup qualifying win against Wales on Monday because of a hip injury. Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey could play wearing a special cast, having broken a finger while trying to break up a training ground disagreement last week. Defenders Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara remain sidelined. Mauricio Pellegrino hopes to get one over his former manager Credit: Reuters What have they been saying? Rafa Benitez on coming up against Mauricio Pellegrino, who knows him better than most having both played for and coached with him. “It will be difficult to surprise him. “It’s a strange feeling. Especially Mauricio, because he was my player and I signed him for Liverpool too because I had a lot of confidence in him. And after he was my assistant for the same reason. “He knows everything about me because he was my player and assistant. He has an advantage, but at the same time we know him really well too. It is a special situation. If you wanted to say something or change something, he would know already.”

Southampton 2 Newcastle 2: Manolo Gabbiadini pulls Saints back from the brink

It was Rafael Benitez who gave Mauricio Pellegrino his first big opportunity in coaching and it would be the apprentice rather than the old master here who had the last word. Benitez’s Newcastle United had twice got themselves into a match-winning position that would have lifted them to level on points with Chelsea in fifth but were twice frustrated following two goals in 28 minutes from Manolo Gabbiadini. With Southampton struggling to score of late – and further unconvincing defensive performances by goalkeeper Fraser Forster and centre-back Virgil van Dijk – it left Newcastle ultimately more disappointed with a point. That very fact, though, was illustrative both of their obvious improvement under manager Rafael Benitez and how Southampton are still waiting for any really tangible uplift following the decision to replace Claude Puel with Pellegrino. Their players even faced boos at half-time, although the subsequent applause that greeted the final whistle underlined how the jury is very much still out on the new man. There is no such debate over Benitez who, just as he did at Liverpool, is skilfully galvanising a fervent fanbase that can be so pivotal to the club’s success. More than 3,000 Newcastle supporters had made the 700-mile round-trip to Hampshire for this 4pm Sunday kick-off and their relentless chanting of Benitez’s name was indicative of the momentum he has created even amid the longer-term uncertainty over the club’s ownership. Isaac Hayden scores Newcastle's first with a crisp shot Credit:  John Walton/PA “I am disappointed because we could have won but happy because of a point away against a good team,” said Benitez. “We are learning from every game – there were a couple of mistakes but I cannot complain or blame my players. I am not surprised by where we are. The spirit is very good and everybody in the city is behind the team.” Even a training-ground fight between Jamaal Lascelles and Mo Diame does not seem to have undermined that unity, though Jonjo Shelvey’s attempts to separate them left him with a broken finger and needing protective strapping for this game. A combination of the wider dearth of midfield options and Shelvey’s good form has seen him re-enter the England debate of late and his outswinging corner put Southampton under immediate pressure, with Christian Atsu shooting into the side-netting. Although Southampton were largely dominant in possession, Newcastle carried the greater initial goal threat with their quick counter-attacks and soon took a deserved lead. Van Dijk had missed a simple chance to clear and his team were punished. Joselu’s effort was initially blocked by Maya Yoshida, but the ball then bounced in front of Isaac Hayden. The former Arsenal midfielder unleashed a powerful low shot towards the centre of the goal that was sufficient to beat Forster, who could not recover his footing. Manolo Gabbiadini slots Southampton's first equaliser Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh With Lascelles vocally organising his team-mates, the match soon settled into a pattern of Southampton’s possession being negated by Newcastle’s defensive organisation. Dusan Tadic had both a shot and a header go narrowly wide while Van Dijk himself did beat goalkeeper Rob Elliot only for his glancing header to drift over. Southampton were clearly instructed to move the ball more directly in what Pellegrino called a “chaotic” second half but were almost 2-0 behind within seconds of the restart. Van Dijk had again failed to clear, allowing Ayoze Perez and Joselu to combine before Forster was rescued only by the crossbar. Southampton had failed to score in eight out of their last nine league games at St Mary’s – a statistic that had largely mirrored the poor form of Gabbiadini – but he did then deliver spectacularly. The Italy striker had chased a long down-field clearance to the edge of the by-line and looked certain simply to pick out the best option among those team-mates who had surged forward in support. Gabbiadini did turn but, rather than pass to the onrushing Cedric Soares, he simply dribbled the ball infield before again swivelling and brilliantly directing a low, left-footed shot back inside Elliot’s near-post. Parity, however, was to last less than 90 seconds. Southampton again lost their collective concentration, allowing Perez to sprint into the space between Yoshida and Van Dijk and immediately shoot. Forster should have gathered the ball but his save rebounded straight back into the path of Perez, who drilled his shot inside the post. Pellegrino reacted by bringing on both Steven Davis and Sofiane Boufal but, for Newcastle, the second equaliser was largely self-inflicted. Shane Long was chasing a long, bouncing ball forward but running away from goal when Florian Lejeun upended him with an unnecessary and clumsy lunge. Referee Kevin Friend rightly pointed to the penalty spot and Gabbiadini, whose confidence seemed suddenly to have returned following his first goal, finished emphatically into the top corner. Both teams could have won it in the final minutes, although a calf injury to Dwight Gayle once Beneitz had used up his substitutes clearly limited Newcastle. “We were expecting to use his pace but we played the last 10 minutes with 10 players,” said Benitez. “The players had do everything for the team; they are doing a great job.” 5:56PM Full time If Lejeune had not made that needless foul in the box, Newcastle would be heading home with all the points. Saints looked cooked at that point and though he almost made amends with that late bullet header, Davis saved the day. Kevin Friend's leniency with DeAndre Yedlin, who should have been sent off, cost Southampton the chance to exploit numerical supremacy.  5:54PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:54PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 5:53PM 90+6 min Newcastle corner when Murphy's shot is arrowed towards the left post. Van Dijk sticks out a leg to knock it behind. Van Dijk heads Ritchie's corner out of the box and the ref blows for time.  5:52PM 90+5 min Boufal hits a long ball from the left-back position that Newcastle mop up and move back up the right. Yedlin hits an outswinging cross into the box. Southampton clear.  5:51PM 90+4 min Van Dijk saves Yoshida from a terrible error when he lets the ball run. He sprints in to stop Gayle having a clear run on goal from 25 yards.  5:50PM 90+2 min Both should have gone off after treatment and then come back on but Friend allows them to stay on for the re-start which provokes much gesticulation from Pellegrino and jeers from the crowd: 'You don't know what you're doing' etc.  5:48PM 90+1 min They sweep the ball forward quickly but the attack ends when Ritchie and Hayden take each other out with a clash of heads. On rush the medical staff who eventually give them the all-clear.  5:47PM 89 min Newcastle break from the goalkick and win a corner. Lejeune evades Austin with a clever run to meet it and powers a header towards the bottom left corner. Davis, having been stationed there, keeps his cool to clear off the line and Saints break.  5:45PM 87 min Lejeune slides in to block Cedric's cross out for a corner and prevents Gabbiadini having a sniff of a hat-trick at the near post. The corner is caught comfortably by Elliott who then takes a knee ... but not in that way.  5:44PM 86 min Both sides still going for it. Bertrand and Boufal combine to free the left-back up the left. His cross is too close to Elliott who dives out to slap it away. Shelvey pouncs on the breaking ball as if time has stood still and passes it to Yedlin but his clearance is hounded down by Lemina and Boufal. The rapid counter breaks down with a foul.  5:42PM 85 min Hayden slips and goes in hard on Van Dijk but gets away with a second booking because it was evidently an accident on his part.  5:41PM 83 min Long goes off for Southampton and Austin, to loud cheers, comes on. Atsu is replaced by Jacob Murphy for Newcastle.  5:40PM 82 min Newcastle free-kick on the right by the junction of the 18-yard line and the vertical line of the penalty box. Ritchie scoops it beyond the far post, looking for the curler.  5:36PM 80 min A couple of bookings, for Gabbiadini kicking the ball away, and Hayden for going over the ball and planting his studs (while sliding) on to the top of Lemina's foot.  5:35PM 78 min Newcastle have a chance at the other end, just like after Saints' first equaliser, but Lejeune, on the end of the pumped cross, attempts to redeem himself instead of nodding it to the unmarked Gayle who gives him a mouthful. Forster's easy catch inspires sarcastic cheers.  5:33PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:33PM 76 min Gabbiadini trots up and absolutely larrups his left-foot shot into the top right corner, directing it so perfectly that he made the inside of the side-netting billow.  5:33PM GOAL! Southampton level it up with a goal from Manolo Gabbiadini: it's 2-2. Southampton 2 - 2 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 75 min) 5:32PM Gabbiadini converts it It's 2-2.  5:32PM Saints have a penalty Long was going away from goal, Lejeune stuck out a leg to give him a hurdle and he fell over it, as was his duty.  5:31PM 74 min Gayle has a sprint down the right into space but only Atsu is up with him and his cross doesn't find him.  5:30PM 72 min Decent near-post cross from Cedric after he robbed Atsu but no one had made the run there. I don't known if he deserves criticism for not looking up or Long and Gabbiadini for not splitting and one of them going there but I err towards the latter.  5:28PM 70 min Boufal concedes a cheap free-kick by dragging down Ritchie on the right, 10 yards up from the corner flag. He bends it into the box with his left-foot where it is glanced on to the back of it and Lejeune, glorying in the space and opportunity, overzealously whacks a rotten shot into orbit.  5:25PM 69 min Newcastle sub: Gayle on for Joselu.  5:25PM 68 min Gabbiadini cushions a pass back to goal 18 yards out towards Long after controlling a 50-yard pass but Merino steps in to nick it away.  5:24PM 67 min Saints substitution: Romeu off, Davis on.  5:23PM 66 min Bertrand and Boufal make progress up the left, square it to Lemina. The crowd screams 'Shoot!' so he does, straight into a thicket of blue-socked legs at the edge of the box. 5:22PM 64 min The corner from the left is swung in by Ritchie and Tadic, surprised to head it after it just beat Van Dijk's leap, miscues it across goal. Joselu attempts to pounce but Saints bundle it away.  5:20PM 62 min The crowd attempts to rouse Southampton with an anthem. It doesn't work instantly as Newcastle break and Ritchie shoots from 25 yards. His shot is blocked and goes out for a corner, giving Benitez an opportunity to withdraw Ayoze Perez and send on Mikel Merino.  5:18PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:18PM 60 min Friend penalises Gabbiadini for grabbing Lejeune's shirt in the box and hurling himself on to the deck.  5:17PM 59 min Cedric seizes the initiative to have a shot from 20 yards but it's scuffed straight at Elliott.  5:16PM 58 min Forster appears shot, flapping at a dipping left-wing cross from Atsu that thankfully for him sails beyond the goal. Boufal has a couple of direct dribbles in a minute but can't find a away past Yedlin yet. 5:14PM 56 min Rafa Benitez is a fine manager but I still feel he deserves damnation for the reintroduction of the managerial waistcoat. Saints make a sub: Boufal on for Redmond.  5:13PM 54 min Yedlin, who has been booked, gets away with a sliding lunge that pole-axes Redmond. He was nowhere near the ball and should have been dispatched. Instead Kevin Friend let him walk.  5:12PM 53 min Having worked so hard to get back into it and score a rare home goal, Saints have thrown it away.  5:11PM 50 min Forster fails to hang on to a low shot from Peres at the near post and parries it straight back to him. They say no second invitation necessary but it was a second invitation and Ayoze Perez smacked it past the floundering, foundering Fraser Forster.  Ayoze Perez puts Newcastle back into the lead Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   5:08PM 48 min Gabbiadini traps a long diagonal quite heavily and it takes him towards the byline. Manquillo tries to hold him up but he turns, skedaddles back towards his own goal. Cedric's run distracts a defender or two and allows Gabbiadini to stroke in a low shot into the bottom corner.  5:08PM GOAL! 1-2! Newcastle are back in the lead with a goal from Ayoze Pérez. Southampton 1 - 2 Newcastle (Ayoze Pérez, 51 min) 5:07PM GOAL! An equaliser from Manolo Gabbiadini for Southampton makes it 1-1. Southampton 1 - 1 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 49 min) Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images   5:07PM The shot count is similar Southampton have attempted nine shots so far, compared to six for Newcastle. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 5:06PM Gabbiadini equalises And it's a solo slalom effort.  5:06PM 47 min They switch it to the right where Ritchie passes to Perez who diddles the dawdling Van Dijk and skelps in a low cross. Joselu sticks out a leg to flick it towards the far post and it loops up. Forster moves across slowly in a bit of a panic but can't get there a sit hits the post and rebounds out. Shelvey sprints forward to retrieve and goes for shot-cross that scares the pants off Forster. Backpedalling, he swipes it behind for a corner in fear of it dropping in.  5:03PM 46 min Newcastle kick off, make ground up the left and earn a throw-in.  4:50PM Half time Southampton have created two outstanding chances and four or five meh ones. Lemina is a hell of a player and really should be playing higher to test Shelvey instead of sweeping up. But the pace has been too pedestrian at times and Newcastle, who are well organised at the back and playing to a well-understood plan on the counter, have looked pretty comfortable with everything bar the left-wing crosses.  Isaac Hayden celebrates scoring Newcastle's opening goal with DeAndre Yedlin Credit: AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK   4:47PM 45+1 min Redmond yanks Lascelles' shirt to concede a free-kick on halfway that Shelvey lifts into the box but as it is in midair, the People's Friend blows his Acme Thunderer.  4:47PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:47PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 4:45PM 45 min The board goes up for an extra minute of possession fun and high jinks from Southampton.  4:43PM 42 min One pass too many from Redmond instead of shooting creates a harder opportunity for Long with a defender breathing down his neck. His shot deflects off Lejeune and balloons towards Elliott who gets there before the lunging Gabbiadini. Redmond should have had a dig himself from 18 yards.  4:41PM 41 min Much better cross from Bertrand from the breakdown as he whips one in from the left and Tadic meets it 10 yards out at the near post. Brave block from Lascelles diverts it out for a corner, from which Southampton plod back into their own half in pursuit of hollow possession dominance.  4:39PM 39 min Lascelles yanks Long over with an arm around his shoulders as they went up for a header 30 yards from the Toon goal. Bertrand floats in a timid cross with no menace at all and Newcastle easily clear.  4:38PM 37 min Yoshida and Perez go up for a header, Perez arriving very late and bundling the centre-half over. Free-kick in the centre-circle.  4:36PM 36 min Saints play another pretty triangular routine down the right with Gabbiadini, Cedric and Tadic. But one mistake on the high wire act of close intricate passing in a constrained space invites failure and so it proves with a minimally overhit pass.  4:34PM 34 min Redmond has a heavy first touch today. New boots? Nike Concretos?  4:33PM 32 min Long comes out to the right to make a triangle with Cedric and Lemina who sweeps the ball across the field where Lejeune steps out of the line to disrupt the attack and send Saints on the retreat.  Mario Lemina is Saints' shining light Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   4:31PM 30 min Lemina again snaps into a tackle in the centre of the field to thwart a Newcastle counter, brushing Perez off the ball and darting forward until he was fouled.  4:30PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:30PM Southampton can't make their domination of the ball count Southampton vs Newcastle 4:29PM 28 min Redmond hasn't mastered the training ground free-kick and is drowned in boos when he passes it straight to Atsu but a tigerish tackle from Lemina saves the day. He moves the ball out to the left where Yoshida takes it on and bends in a superb cross with his left-foot that parts Gabbiadini's hair with the backdraft but was just an inch too high to ram home.  4:27PM 27 min Van Dijk and Southampton are back to their sterile crossfield passing for a phase until they move it forward and earn a free-kick for Manquillo's foul 35 yards out.  4:26PM 24 min Perez is penalised for a trip on Yoshida, for standing on his heel. The linesman didn't flag as Perez exploited his advantage by sprinting clear through on goal but Friend intervened.  Hayden rams in his shot Credit: John Walton/PA   4:24PM 22 min Southampton attack quickly from the kick-off and Gabbiadini gets into a tangle with Lejeune who, with both of them on the floor, manages to hook the ball out for a corner. Elliott flaps at the centre misses it completely and Van Dijk steers a header wide of the gaping net. Should have been the equaliser. Saints have missed two golden headed chances.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Virgil van Dijk, 22 min)   4:22PM 21 min The loopy cross came in from the left, Atsu met it on the volley and walloped it into the defender at point blank range. Forster went down to save the shot that didn't get through to him and couldn't get up quick enough when Hayden thundered in the rebound from the D.   4:20PM GOAL! Isaac Hayden scores for Newcastle to make it 0-1! Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Isaac Hayden, 20 min) 4:20PM Newcastle take the lead Hayden rams in a shot from 18 yards. Forster was wrong-footed.  4:19PM 19 min Forster, who I've long thought pedestrian with his footwork, has no sense of urgency when receiving a back pass. He doesn't see Perez hounding into the space between them and shanks his clearance into him and it bounces harmlessly.  4:18PM 17 min Tadic misses a golden chance at the back post. Van Dijk made the chance with a Hansen-esque gallop upfield and a pass out to Bertrand on the left. He threads a pass on to Redmond who stands up the ball to the back stick. Tadic tries to head it back across goal and over Elliott but bludgeons it over the bar.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 0 Newcastle (Dusan Tadic, 16 min)   4:15PM Neither Southampton or Newcastle are testing the goalkeepers so far Tense opening quarter of an hour at St. Mary's Stadium, as Southampton and Newcastle struggle to get shots on goal Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:15PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:15PM 15 min Sharp turn from Tadic when found by Cedric's pass. He spins Hayden and spanks a left-foot riser over the bar from 25 yards.  4:14PM Southampton have their first strike at goal Southampton respond to the earlier Newcastle effort with their first shot of the game. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:14PM 13 min Redmond has  a saunter up the left but when he cuts it back for Romeu he overhits it and Newcastle break through Hayden who passes to Atsu. The left-sider hares up the middle but fluffs his simple pass to Joselu.  4:11PM 11 min Romeu bodyslams Shelvey to concede a free-kick, running into him late after Shelvey had played a pass. The referee doesn't book him. Everyone's allowed one free hit on Shelvey it seems  ... and not without reason.  4:10PM 10 min Shelvey takes to the back post where Atsu meets it after a diversion and crashes a left-foot shot into the side-netting from 10 yards and a tight if not right angle.  4:09PM 8 min Newcastle play it back to Elliot who chips it up to halfway where Manquillo cushions it on his chest and switches over to the right. Yedlin nods it on to Ritchie who hooks a bouncing ball over Bertrand for Perez who advances towards the box but wastes a cross. He hits it too close to Van Dijk and Southampton hustle it out for a corner. 4:07PM 7 min Lemina keeps dropping between the centre-backs, who split, and the fullbacks bomb on when Southampton build from the back. He looked more influential playing higher up at Selhurst Park.  4:06PM 5 min First Newcastle attack with Manquillo and Atsu combining up the left but the left-back's lack of an adequate left foot means his control as he skirted the whitewash lets him down and the ball dribbles out for a Saints throw.  4:05PM 4 min Southampton continue to hog the ball, stroking it around, not being pressed in the first 60 yards. Yoshida mixes it up with another raking diagonal for Bertrand that Yedlin and Ritchie deal with competently.  4:03PM 2 min That's better, a long ball from Yoshida from right to left, headed on by Long to Redmond who dinks in a dipping cross that Manquillo, covering diligently and dutifully, heads out for a throw-in.  4:01PM 1 min Saints kick off, move it back to Yoshida and pass it from left to right and back again before Van Dijk launches a long diagonal up the right for Tadic who turns and heads back towards his own goal. Newcastle haven't had a touch but it's a parody of possession football so far.  4:00PM Time for the teams to huddle Newcastle are in blue. We'll be off in a few seconds.  3:45PM A word from some sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   3:43PM This Saints kit Is very Steve Moran but I can't help but dislike it. Stripes > bibs.  Southampton Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand; Romeu, Lemina; Tadic, Gabbiadini, Redmond, Long.  Subs Hoedt, Davis, Austin, McCarthy, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, McQueen.  Fans gather at St Mary's Credit: MATTHEW CHILDS/Action Images via Reuters Newcastle Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo; Shelvey; Ritchie, Hayden, Perez, Atsu; Joselu.  Subs Clark, Murphy, Gayle, Diame, Merino, Darlow, Jesus Gamez.  Referee Kevin has a Friend (in Jesus). 3:38PM St Mary's Has not been a happy away trip for Newcastle United recently:  their last four visits have all ended in comprehensive defeat - 2-0 in 2012-13, 4-0 the following season, 4-0 again in 2014-15 and 3-1 during the Toon's relegation season. You have to go back to September 2004 (Southampton's relegation season) for Newcastle's last victory there and it came with a forward line of Craig Bellamy, Patrick Kluivert and Alan Shearer. None of them scored, however, and they left 2-1 winners by virtue of an own goal from David Prutton and one from the right-back Stephen Carr.  3:24PM Ch-ch-ch-changes Southampton bring in Manolo Gabbiadini for Steven Davis in their quest for a second home victory of the season. Newcastle draft in Florian Lejeune for Ciaran Clark at centre-half and Isaac Hayden for Mikel Merino as alterations to the starting XI for the draw with Liverpool. 3:19PM Team news The teams are in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to face #NUFC this afternoon in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/X0rNFJlXUJ— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) October 15, 2017 TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up at @SouthamptonFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 4pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/hgz8tFwbKI— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 15, 2017   3:16PM Pre-match package What is it? It's the Premier League clash between Southampton and Newcastle. When is it? Today, so Sunday, October 15. What time is kick-off? At 4pm. What TV channel is it on? You can watch live coverage on Sky Sports Premier League or Sky Sports Main Event channel. Alternatively, bookmark this page and follow the latest with our rolling blog. Shane Long is expected to return for Southampton Credit: Reuters What are the odds? Southampton to win 20/23 Draw 13/5 Newcastle to win 15/4 What's the team news? Shane Long is expected to be fit to play for Southampton despite the forward missing Ireland's World Cup qualifying win against Wales on Monday because of a hip injury. Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey could play wearing a special cast, having broken a finger while trying to break up a training ground disagreement last week. Defenders Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara remain sidelined. Mauricio Pellegrino hopes to get one over his former manager Credit: Reuters What have they been saying? Rafa Benitez on coming up against Mauricio Pellegrino, who knows him better than most having both played for and coached with him. “It will be difficult to surprise him. “It’s a strange feeling. Especially Mauricio, because he was my player and I signed him for Liverpool too because I had a lot of confidence in him. And after he was my assistant for the same reason. “He knows everything about me because he was my player and assistant. He has an advantage, but at the same time we know him really well too. It is a special situation. If you wanted to say something or change something, he would know already.”

Southampton 2 Newcastle 2: Manolo Gabbiadini pulls Saints back from the brink

It was Rafael Benitez who gave Mauricio Pellegrino his first big opportunity in coaching and it would be the apprentice rather than the old master here who had the last word. Benitez’s Newcastle United had twice got themselves into a match-winning position that would have lifted them to level on points with Chelsea in fifth but were twice frustrated following two goals in 28 minutes from Manolo Gabbiadini. With Southampton struggling to score of late – and further unconvincing defensive performances by goalkeeper Fraser Forster and centre-back Virgil van Dijk – it left Newcastle ultimately more disappointed with a point. That very fact, though, was illustrative both of their obvious improvement under manager Rafael Benitez and how Southampton are still waiting for any really tangible uplift following the decision to replace Claude Puel with Pellegrino. Their players even faced boos at half-time, although the subsequent applause that greeted the final whistle underlined how the jury is very much still out on the new man. There is no such debate over Benitez who, just as he did at Liverpool, is skilfully galvanising a fervent fanbase that can be so pivotal to the club’s success. More than 3,000 Newcastle supporters had made the 700-mile round-trip to Hampshire for this 4pm Sunday kick-off and their relentless chanting of Benitez’s name was indicative of the momentum he has created even amid the longer-term uncertainty over the club’s ownership. Isaac Hayden scores Newcastle's first with a crisp shot Credit:  John Walton/PA “I am disappointed because we could have won but happy because of a point away against a good team,” said Benitez. “We are learning from every game – there were a couple of mistakes but I cannot complain or blame my players. I am not surprised by where we are. The spirit is very good and everybody in the city is behind the team.” Even a training-ground fight between Jamaal Lascelles and Mo Diame does not seem to have undermined that unity, though Jonjo Shelvey’s attempts to separate them left him with a broken finger and needing protective strapping for this game. A combination of the wider dearth of midfield options and Shelvey’s good form has seen him re-enter the England debate of late and his outswinging corner put Southampton under immediate pressure, with Christian Atsu shooting into the side-netting. Although Southampton were largely dominant in possession, Newcastle carried the greater initial goal threat with their quick counter-attacks and soon took a deserved lead. Van Dijk had missed a simple chance to clear and his team were punished. Joselu’s effort was initially blocked by Maya Yoshida, but the ball then bounced in front of Isaac Hayden. The former Arsenal midfielder unleashed a powerful low shot towards the centre of the goal that was sufficient to beat Forster, who could not recover his footing. Manolo Gabbiadini slots Southampton's first equaliser Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh With Lascelles vocally organising his team-mates, the match soon settled into a pattern of Southampton’s possession being negated by Newcastle’s defensive organisation. Dusan Tadic had both a shot and a header go narrowly wide while Van Dijk himself did beat goalkeeper Rob Elliot only for his glancing header to drift over. Southampton were clearly instructed to move the ball more directly in what Pellegrino called a “chaotic” second half but were almost 2-0 behind within seconds of the restart. Van Dijk had again failed to clear, allowing Ayoze Perez and Joselu to combine before Forster was rescued only by the crossbar. Southampton had failed to score in eight out of their last nine league games at St Mary’s – a statistic that had largely mirrored the poor form of Gabbiadini – but he did then deliver spectacularly. The Italy striker had chased a long down-field clearance to the edge of the by-line and looked certain simply to pick out the best option among those team-mates who had surged forward in support. Gabbiadini did turn but, rather than pass to the onrushing Cedric Soares, he simply dribbled the ball infield before again swivelling and brilliantly directing a low, left-footed shot back inside Elliot’s near-post. Parity, however, was to last less than 90 seconds. Southampton again lost their collective concentration, allowing Perez to sprint into the space between Yoshida and Van Dijk and immediately shoot. Forster should have gathered the ball but his save rebounded straight back into the path of Perez, who drilled his shot inside the post. Pellegrino reacted by bringing on both Steven Davis and Sofiane Boufal but, for Newcastle, the second equaliser was largely self-inflicted. Shane Long was chasing a long, bouncing ball forward but running away from goal when Florian Lejeun upended him with an unnecessary and clumsy lunge. Referee Kevin Friend rightly pointed to the penalty spot and Gabbiadini, whose confidence seemed suddenly to have returned following his first goal, finished emphatically into the top corner. Both teams could have won it in the final minutes, although a calf injury to Dwight Gayle once Beneitz had used up his substitutes clearly limited Newcastle. “We were expecting to use his pace but we played the last 10 minutes with 10 players,” said Benitez. “The players had do everything for the team; they are doing a great job.” 5:56PM Full time If Lejeune had not made that needless foul in the box, Newcastle would be heading home with all the points. Saints looked cooked at that point and though he almost made amends with that late bullet header, Davis saved the day. Kevin Friend's leniency with DeAndre Yedlin, who should have been sent off, cost Southampton the chance to exploit numerical supremacy.  5:54PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:54PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 5:53PM 90+6 min Newcastle corner when Murphy's shot is arrowed towards the left post. Van Dijk sticks out a leg to knock it behind. Van Dijk heads Ritchie's corner out of the box and the ref blows for time.  5:52PM 90+5 min Boufal hits a long ball from the left-back position that Newcastle mop up and move back up the right. Yedlin hits an outswinging cross into the box. Southampton clear.  5:51PM 90+4 min Van Dijk saves Yoshida from a terrible error when he lets the ball run. He sprints in to stop Gayle having a clear run on goal from 25 yards.  5:50PM 90+2 min Both should have gone off after treatment and then come back on but Friend allows them to stay on for the re-start which provokes much gesticulation from Pellegrino and jeers from the crowd: 'You don't know what you're doing' etc.  5:48PM 90+1 min They sweep the ball forward quickly but the attack ends when Ritchie and Hayden take each other out with a clash of heads. On rush the medical staff who eventually give them the all-clear.  5:47PM 89 min Newcastle break from the goalkick and win a corner. Lejeune evades Austin with a clever run to meet it and powers a header towards the bottom left corner. Davis, having been stationed there, keeps his cool to clear off the line and Saints break.  5:45PM 87 min Lejeune slides in to block Cedric's cross out for a corner and prevents Gabbiadini having a sniff of a hat-trick at the near post. The corner is caught comfortably by Elliott who then takes a knee ... but not in that way.  5:44PM 86 min Both sides still going for it. Bertrand and Boufal combine to free the left-back up the left. His cross is too close to Elliott who dives out to slap it away. Shelvey pouncs on the breaking ball as if time has stood still and passes it to Yedlin but his clearance is hounded down by Lemina and Boufal. The rapid counter breaks down with a foul.  5:42PM 85 min Hayden slips and goes in hard on Van Dijk but gets away with a second booking because it was evidently an accident on his part.  5:41PM 83 min Long goes off for Southampton and Austin, to loud cheers, comes on. Atsu is replaced by Jacob Murphy for Newcastle.  5:40PM 82 min Newcastle free-kick on the right by the junction of the 18-yard line and the vertical line of the penalty box. Ritchie scoops it beyond the far post, looking for the curler.  5:36PM 80 min A couple of bookings, for Gabbiadini kicking the ball away, and Hayden for going over the ball and planting his studs (while sliding) on to the top of Lemina's foot.  5:35PM 78 min Newcastle have a chance at the other end, just like after Saints' first equaliser, but Lejeune, on the end of the pumped cross, attempts to redeem himself instead of nodding it to the unmarked Gayle who gives him a mouthful. Forster's easy catch inspires sarcastic cheers.  5:33PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:33PM 76 min Gabbiadini trots up and absolutely larrups his left-foot shot into the top right corner, directing it so perfectly that he made the inside of the side-netting billow.  5:33PM GOAL! Southampton level it up with a goal from Manolo Gabbiadini: it's 2-2. Southampton 2 - 2 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 75 min) 5:32PM Gabbiadini converts it It's 2-2.  5:32PM Saints have a penalty Long was going away from goal, Lejeune stuck out a leg to give him a hurdle and he fell over it, as was his duty.  5:31PM 74 min Gayle has a sprint down the right into space but only Atsu is up with him and his cross doesn't find him.  5:30PM 72 min Decent near-post cross from Cedric after he robbed Atsu but no one had made the run there. I don't known if he deserves criticism for not looking up or Long and Gabbiadini for not splitting and one of them going there but I err towards the latter.  5:28PM 70 min Boufal concedes a cheap free-kick by dragging down Ritchie on the right, 10 yards up from the corner flag. He bends it into the box with his left-foot where it is glanced on to the back of it and Lejeune, glorying in the space and opportunity, overzealously whacks a rotten shot into orbit.  5:25PM 69 min Newcastle sub: Gayle on for Joselu.  5:25PM 68 min Gabbiadini cushions a pass back to goal 18 yards out towards Long after controlling a 50-yard pass but Merino steps in to nick it away.  5:24PM 67 min Saints substitution: Romeu off, Davis on.  5:23PM 66 min Bertrand and Boufal make progress up the left, square it to Lemina. The crowd screams 'Shoot!' so he does, straight into a thicket of blue-socked legs at the edge of the box. 5:22PM 64 min The corner from the left is swung in by Ritchie and Tadic, surprised to head it after it just beat Van Dijk's leap, miscues it across goal. Joselu attempts to pounce but Saints bundle it away.  5:20PM 62 min The crowd attempts to rouse Southampton with an anthem. It doesn't work instantly as Newcastle break and Ritchie shoots from 25 yards. His shot is blocked and goes out for a corner, giving Benitez an opportunity to withdraw Ayoze Perez and send on Mikel Merino.  5:18PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:18PM 60 min Friend penalises Gabbiadini for grabbing Lejeune's shirt in the box and hurling himself on to the deck.  5:17PM 59 min Cedric seizes the initiative to have a shot from 20 yards but it's scuffed straight at Elliott.  5:16PM 58 min Forster appears shot, flapping at a dipping left-wing cross from Atsu that thankfully for him sails beyond the goal. Boufal has a couple of direct dribbles in a minute but can't find a away past Yedlin yet. 5:14PM 56 min Rafa Benitez is a fine manager but I still feel he deserves damnation for the reintroduction of the managerial waistcoat. Saints make a sub: Boufal on for Redmond.  5:13PM 54 min Yedlin, who has been booked, gets away with a sliding lunge that pole-axes Redmond. He was nowhere near the ball and should have been dispatched. Instead Kevin Friend let him walk.  5:12PM 53 min Having worked so hard to get back into it and score a rare home goal, Saints have thrown it away.  5:11PM 50 min Forster fails to hang on to a low shot from Peres at the near post and parries it straight back to him. They say no second invitation necessary but it was a second invitation and Ayoze Perez smacked it past the floundering, foundering Fraser Forster.  Ayoze Perez puts Newcastle back into the lead Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   5:08PM 48 min Gabbiadini traps a long diagonal quite heavily and it takes him towards the byline. Manquillo tries to hold him up but he turns, skedaddles back towards his own goal. Cedric's run distracts a defender or two and allows Gabbiadini to stroke in a low shot into the bottom corner.  5:08PM GOAL! 1-2! Newcastle are back in the lead with a goal from Ayoze Pérez. Southampton 1 - 2 Newcastle (Ayoze Pérez, 51 min) 5:07PM GOAL! An equaliser from Manolo Gabbiadini for Southampton makes it 1-1. Southampton 1 - 1 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 49 min) Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images   5:07PM The shot count is similar Southampton have attempted nine shots so far, compared to six for Newcastle. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 5:06PM Gabbiadini equalises And it's a solo slalom effort.  5:06PM 47 min They switch it to the right where Ritchie passes to Perez who diddles the dawdling Van Dijk and skelps in a low cross. Joselu sticks out a leg to flick it towards the far post and it loops up. Forster moves across slowly in a bit of a panic but can't get there a sit hits the post and rebounds out. Shelvey sprints forward to retrieve and goes for shot-cross that scares the pants off Forster. Backpedalling, he swipes it behind for a corner in fear of it dropping in.  5:03PM 46 min Newcastle kick off, make ground up the left and earn a throw-in.  4:50PM Half time Southampton have created two outstanding chances and four or five meh ones. Lemina is a hell of a player and really should be playing higher to test Shelvey instead of sweeping up. But the pace has been too pedestrian at times and Newcastle, who are well organised at the back and playing to a well-understood plan on the counter, have looked pretty comfortable with everything bar the left-wing crosses.  Isaac Hayden celebrates scoring Newcastle's opening goal with DeAndre Yedlin Credit: AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK   4:47PM 45+1 min Redmond yanks Lascelles' shirt to concede a free-kick on halfway that Shelvey lifts into the box but as it is in midair, the People's Friend blows his Acme Thunderer.  4:47PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:47PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 4:45PM 45 min The board goes up for an extra minute of possession fun and high jinks from Southampton.  4:43PM 42 min One pass too many from Redmond instead of shooting creates a harder opportunity for Long with a defender breathing down his neck. His shot deflects off Lejeune and balloons towards Elliott who gets there before the lunging Gabbiadini. Redmond should have had a dig himself from 18 yards.  4:41PM 41 min Much better cross from Bertrand from the breakdown as he whips one in from the left and Tadic meets it 10 yards out at the near post. Brave block from Lascelles diverts it out for a corner, from which Southampton plod back into their own half in pursuit of hollow possession dominance.  4:39PM 39 min Lascelles yanks Long over with an arm around his shoulders as they went up for a header 30 yards from the Toon goal. Bertrand floats in a timid cross with no menace at all and Newcastle easily clear.  4:38PM 37 min Yoshida and Perez go up for a header, Perez arriving very late and bundling the centre-half over. Free-kick in the centre-circle.  4:36PM 36 min Saints play another pretty triangular routine down the right with Gabbiadini, Cedric and Tadic. But one mistake on the high wire act of close intricate passing in a constrained space invites failure and so it proves with a minimally overhit pass.  4:34PM 34 min Redmond has a heavy first touch today. New boots? Nike Concretos?  4:33PM 32 min Long comes out to the right to make a triangle with Cedric and Lemina who sweeps the ball across the field where Lejeune steps out of the line to disrupt the attack and send Saints on the retreat.  Mario Lemina is Saints' shining light Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   4:31PM 30 min Lemina again snaps into a tackle in the centre of the field to thwart a Newcastle counter, brushing Perez off the ball and darting forward until he was fouled.  4:30PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:30PM Southampton can't make their domination of the ball count Southampton vs Newcastle 4:29PM 28 min Redmond hasn't mastered the training ground free-kick and is drowned in boos when he passes it straight to Atsu but a tigerish tackle from Lemina saves the day. He moves the ball out to the left where Yoshida takes it on and bends in a superb cross with his left-foot that parts Gabbiadini's hair with the backdraft but was just an inch too high to ram home.  4:27PM 27 min Van Dijk and Southampton are back to their sterile crossfield passing for a phase until they move it forward and earn a free-kick for Manquillo's foul 35 yards out.  4:26PM 24 min Perez is penalised for a trip on Yoshida, for standing on his heel. The linesman didn't flag as Perez exploited his advantage by sprinting clear through on goal but Friend intervened.  Hayden rams in his shot Credit: John Walton/PA   4:24PM 22 min Southampton attack quickly from the kick-off and Gabbiadini gets into a tangle with Lejeune who, with both of them on the floor, manages to hook the ball out for a corner. Elliott flaps at the centre misses it completely and Van Dijk steers a header wide of the gaping net. Should have been the equaliser. Saints have missed two golden headed chances.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Virgil van Dijk, 22 min)   4:22PM 21 min The loopy cross came in from the left, Atsu met it on the volley and walloped it into the defender at point blank range. Forster went down to save the shot that didn't get through to him and couldn't get up quick enough when Hayden thundered in the rebound from the D.   4:20PM GOAL! Isaac Hayden scores for Newcastle to make it 0-1! Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Isaac Hayden, 20 min) 4:20PM Newcastle take the lead Hayden rams in a shot from 18 yards. Forster was wrong-footed.  4:19PM 19 min Forster, who I've long thought pedestrian with his footwork, has no sense of urgency when receiving a back pass. He doesn't see Perez hounding into the space between them and shanks his clearance into him and it bounces harmlessly.  4:18PM 17 min Tadic misses a golden chance at the back post. Van Dijk made the chance with a Hansen-esque gallop upfield and a pass out to Bertrand on the left. He threads a pass on to Redmond who stands up the ball to the back stick. Tadic tries to head it back across goal and over Elliott but bludgeons it over the bar.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 0 Newcastle (Dusan Tadic, 16 min)   4:15PM Neither Southampton or Newcastle are testing the goalkeepers so far Tense opening quarter of an hour at St. Mary's Stadium, as Southampton and Newcastle struggle to get shots on goal Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:15PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:15PM 15 min Sharp turn from Tadic when found by Cedric's pass. He spins Hayden and spanks a left-foot riser over the bar from 25 yards.  4:14PM Southampton have their first strike at goal Southampton respond to the earlier Newcastle effort with their first shot of the game. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:14PM 13 min Redmond has  a saunter up the left but when he cuts it back for Romeu he overhits it and Newcastle break through Hayden who passes to Atsu. The left-sider hares up the middle but fluffs his simple pass to Joselu.  4:11PM 11 min Romeu bodyslams Shelvey to concede a free-kick, running into him late after Shelvey had played a pass. The referee doesn't book him. Everyone's allowed one free hit on Shelvey it seems  ... and not without reason.  4:10PM 10 min Shelvey takes to the back post where Atsu meets it after a diversion and crashes a left-foot shot into the side-netting from 10 yards and a tight if not right angle.  4:09PM 8 min Newcastle play it back to Elliot who chips it up to halfway where Manquillo cushions it on his chest and switches over to the right. Yedlin nods it on to Ritchie who hooks a bouncing ball over Bertrand for Perez who advances towards the box but wastes a cross. He hits it too close to Van Dijk and Southampton hustle it out for a corner. 4:07PM 7 min Lemina keeps dropping between the centre-backs, who split, and the fullbacks bomb on when Southampton build from the back. He looked more influential playing higher up at Selhurst Park.  4:06PM 5 min First Newcastle attack with Manquillo and Atsu combining up the left but the left-back's lack of an adequate left foot means his control as he skirted the whitewash lets him down and the ball dribbles out for a Saints throw.  4:05PM 4 min Southampton continue to hog the ball, stroking it around, not being pressed in the first 60 yards. Yoshida mixes it up with another raking diagonal for Bertrand that Yedlin and Ritchie deal with competently.  4:03PM 2 min That's better, a long ball from Yoshida from right to left, headed on by Long to Redmond who dinks in a dipping cross that Manquillo, covering diligently and dutifully, heads out for a throw-in.  4:01PM 1 min Saints kick off, move it back to Yoshida and pass it from left to right and back again before Van Dijk launches a long diagonal up the right for Tadic who turns and heads back towards his own goal. Newcastle haven't had a touch but it's a parody of possession football so far.  4:00PM Time for the teams to huddle Newcastle are in blue. We'll be off in a few seconds.  3:45PM A word from some sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   3:43PM This Saints kit Is very Steve Moran but I can't help but dislike it. Stripes > bibs.  Southampton Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand; Romeu, Lemina; Tadic, Gabbiadini, Redmond, Long.  Subs Hoedt, Davis, Austin, McCarthy, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, McQueen.  Fans gather at St Mary's Credit: MATTHEW CHILDS/Action Images via Reuters Newcastle Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo; Shelvey; Ritchie, Hayden, Perez, Atsu; Joselu.  Subs Clark, Murphy, Gayle, Diame, Merino, Darlow, Jesus Gamez.  Referee Kevin has a Friend (in Jesus). 3:38PM St Mary's Has not been a happy away trip for Newcastle United recently:  their last four visits have all ended in comprehensive defeat - 2-0 in 2012-13, 4-0 the following season, 4-0 again in 2014-15 and 3-1 during the Toon's relegation season. You have to go back to September 2004 (Southampton's relegation season) for Newcastle's last victory there and it came with a forward line of Craig Bellamy, Patrick Kluivert and Alan Shearer. None of them scored, however, and they left 2-1 winners by virtue of an own goal from David Prutton and one from the right-back Stephen Carr.  3:24PM Ch-ch-ch-changes Southampton bring in Manolo Gabbiadini for Steven Davis in their quest for a second home victory of the season. Newcastle draft in Florian Lejeune for Ciaran Clark at centre-half and Isaac Hayden for Mikel Merino as alterations to the starting XI for the draw with Liverpool. 3:19PM Team news The teams are in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to face #NUFC this afternoon in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/X0rNFJlXUJ— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) October 15, 2017 TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up at @SouthamptonFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 4pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/hgz8tFwbKI— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 15, 2017   3:16PM Pre-match package What is it? It's the Premier League clash between Southampton and Newcastle. When is it? Today, so Sunday, October 15. What time is kick-off? At 4pm. What TV channel is it on? You can watch live coverage on Sky Sports Premier League or Sky Sports Main Event channel. Alternatively, bookmark this page and follow the latest with our rolling blog. Shane Long is expected to return for Southampton Credit: Reuters What are the odds? Southampton to win 20/23 Draw 13/5 Newcastle to win 15/4 What's the team news? Shane Long is expected to be fit to play for Southampton despite the forward missing Ireland's World Cup qualifying win against Wales on Monday because of a hip injury. Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey could play wearing a special cast, having broken a finger while trying to break up a training ground disagreement last week. Defenders Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara remain sidelined. Mauricio Pellegrino hopes to get one over his former manager Credit: Reuters What have they been saying? Rafa Benitez on coming up against Mauricio Pellegrino, who knows him better than most having both played for and coached with him. “It will be difficult to surprise him. “It’s a strange feeling. Especially Mauricio, because he was my player and I signed him for Liverpool too because I had a lot of confidence in him. And after he was my assistant for the same reason. “He knows everything about me because he was my player and assistant. He has an advantage, but at the same time we know him really well too. It is a special situation. If you wanted to say something or change something, he would know already.”

Southampton 2 Newcastle 2: Manolo Gabbiadini pulls Saints back from the brink

It was Rafael Benitez who gave Mauricio Pellegrino his first big opportunity in coaching and it would be the apprentice rather than the old master here who had the last word. Benitez’s Newcastle United had twice got themselves into a match-winning position that would have lifted them to level on points with Chelsea in fifth but were twice frustrated following two goals in 28 minutes from Manolo Gabbiadini. With Southampton struggling to score of late – and further unconvincing defensive performances by goalkeeper Fraser Forster and centre-back Virgil van Dijk – it left Newcastle ultimately more disappointed with a point. That very fact, though, was illustrative both of their obvious improvement under manager Rafael Benitez and how Southampton are still waiting for any really tangible uplift following the decision to replace Claude Puel with Pellegrino. Their players even faced boos at half-time, although the subsequent applause that greeted the final whistle underlined how the jury is very much still out on the new man. There is no such debate over Benitez who, just as he did at Liverpool, is skilfully galvanising a fervent fanbase that can be so pivotal to the club’s success. More than 3,000 Newcastle supporters had made the 700-mile round-trip to Hampshire for this 4pm Sunday kick-off and their relentless chanting of Benitez’s name was indicative of the momentum he has created even amid the longer-term uncertainty over the club’s ownership. Isaac Hayden scores Newcastle's first with a crisp shot Credit:  John Walton/PA “I am disappointed because we could have won but happy because of a point away against a good team,” said Benitez. “We are learning from every game – there were a couple of mistakes but I cannot complain or blame my players. I am not surprised by where we are. The spirit is very good and everybody in the city is behind the team.” Even a training-ground fight between Jamaal Lascelles and Mo Diame does not seem to have undermined that unity, though Jonjo Shelvey’s attempts to separate them left him with a broken finger and needing protective strapping for this game. A combination of the wider dearth of midfield options and Shelvey’s good form has seen him re-enter the England debate of late and his outswinging corner put Southampton under immediate pressure, with Christian Atsu shooting into the side-netting. Although Southampton were largely dominant in possession, Newcastle carried the greater initial goal threat with their quick counter-attacks and soon took a deserved lead. Van Dijk had missed a simple chance to clear and his team were punished. Joselu’s effort was initially blocked by Maya Yoshida, but the ball then bounced in front of Isaac Hayden. The former Arsenal midfielder unleashed a powerful low shot towards the centre of the goal that was sufficient to beat Forster, who could not recover his footing. Manolo Gabbiadini slots Southampton's first equaliser Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh With Lascelles vocally organising his team-mates, the match soon settled into a pattern of Southampton’s possession being negated by Newcastle’s defensive organisation. Dusan Tadic had both a shot and a header go narrowly wide while Van Dijk himself did beat goalkeeper Rob Elliot only for his glancing header to drift over. Southampton were clearly instructed to move the ball more directly in what Pellegrino called a “chaotic” second half but were almost 2-0 behind within seconds of the restart. Van Dijk had again failed to clear, allowing Ayoze Perez and Joselu to combine before Forster was rescued only by the crossbar. Southampton had failed to score in eight out of their last nine league games at St Mary’s – a statistic that had largely mirrored the poor form of Gabbiadini – but he did then deliver spectacularly. The Italy striker had chased a long down-field clearance to the edge of the by-line and looked certain simply to pick out the best option among those team-mates who had surged forward in support. Gabbiadini did turn but, rather than pass to the onrushing Cedric Soares, he simply dribbled the ball infield before again swivelling and brilliantly directing a low, left-footed shot back inside Elliot’s near-post. Parity, however, was to last less than 90 seconds. Southampton again lost their collective concentration, allowing Perez to sprint into the space between Yoshida and Van Dijk and immediately shoot. Forster should have gathered the ball but his save rebounded straight back into the path of Perez, who drilled his shot inside the post. Pellegrino reacted by bringing on both Steven Davis and Sofiane Boufal but, for Newcastle, the second equaliser was largely self-inflicted. Shane Long was chasing a long, bouncing ball forward but running away from goal when Florian Lejeun upended him with an unnecessary and clumsy lunge. Referee Kevin Friend rightly pointed to the penalty spot and Gabbiadini, whose confidence seemed suddenly to have returned following his first goal, finished emphatically into the top corner. Both teams could have won it in the final minutes, although a calf injury to Dwight Gayle once Beneitz had used up his substitutes clearly limited Newcastle. “We were expecting to use his pace but we played the last 10 minutes with 10 players,” said Benitez. “The players had do everything for the team; they are doing a great job.” 5:56PM Full time If Lejeune had not made that needless foul in the box, Newcastle would be heading home with all the points. Saints looked cooked at that point and though he almost made amends with that late bullet header, Davis saved the day. Kevin Friend's leniency with DeAndre Yedlin, who should have been sent off, cost Southampton the chance to exploit numerical supremacy.  5:54PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:54PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 5:53PM 90+6 min Newcastle corner when Murphy's shot is arrowed towards the left post. Van Dijk sticks out a leg to knock it behind. Van Dijk heads Ritchie's corner out of the box and the ref blows for time.  5:52PM 90+5 min Boufal hits a long ball from the left-back position that Newcastle mop up and move back up the right. Yedlin hits an outswinging cross into the box. Southampton clear.  5:51PM 90+4 min Van Dijk saves Yoshida from a terrible error when he lets the ball run. He sprints in to stop Gayle having a clear run on goal from 25 yards.  5:50PM 90+2 min Both should have gone off after treatment and then come back on but Friend allows them to stay on for the re-start which provokes much gesticulation from Pellegrino and jeers from the crowd: 'You don't know what you're doing' etc.  5:48PM 90+1 min They sweep the ball forward quickly but the attack ends when Ritchie and Hayden take each other out with a clash of heads. On rush the medical staff who eventually give them the all-clear.  5:47PM 89 min Newcastle break from the goalkick and win a corner. Lejeune evades Austin with a clever run to meet it and powers a header towards the bottom left corner. Davis, having been stationed there, keeps his cool to clear off the line and Saints break.  5:45PM 87 min Lejeune slides in to block Cedric's cross out for a corner and prevents Gabbiadini having a sniff of a hat-trick at the near post. The corner is caught comfortably by Elliott who then takes a knee ... but not in that way.  5:44PM 86 min Both sides still going for it. Bertrand and Boufal combine to free the left-back up the left. His cross is too close to Elliott who dives out to slap it away. Shelvey pouncs on the breaking ball as if time has stood still and passes it to Yedlin but his clearance is hounded down by Lemina and Boufal. The rapid counter breaks down with a foul.  5:42PM 85 min Hayden slips and goes in hard on Van Dijk but gets away with a second booking because it was evidently an accident on his part.  5:41PM 83 min Long goes off for Southampton and Austin, to loud cheers, comes on. Atsu is replaced by Jacob Murphy for Newcastle.  5:40PM 82 min Newcastle free-kick on the right by the junction of the 18-yard line and the vertical line of the penalty box. Ritchie scoops it beyond the far post, looking for the curler.  5:36PM 80 min A couple of bookings, for Gabbiadini kicking the ball away, and Hayden for going over the ball and planting his studs (while sliding) on to the top of Lemina's foot.  5:35PM 78 min Newcastle have a chance at the other end, just like after Saints' first equaliser, but Lejeune, on the end of the pumped cross, attempts to redeem himself instead of nodding it to the unmarked Gayle who gives him a mouthful. Forster's easy catch inspires sarcastic cheers.  5:33PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:33PM 76 min Gabbiadini trots up and absolutely larrups his left-foot shot into the top right corner, directing it so perfectly that he made the inside of the side-netting billow.  5:33PM GOAL! Southampton level it up with a goal from Manolo Gabbiadini: it's 2-2. Southampton 2 - 2 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 75 min) 5:32PM Gabbiadini converts it It's 2-2.  5:32PM Saints have a penalty Long was going away from goal, Lejeune stuck out a leg to give him a hurdle and he fell over it, as was his duty.  5:31PM 74 min Gayle has a sprint down the right into space but only Atsu is up with him and his cross doesn't find him.  5:30PM 72 min Decent near-post cross from Cedric after he robbed Atsu but no one had made the run there. I don't known if he deserves criticism for not looking up or Long and Gabbiadini for not splitting and one of them going there but I err towards the latter.  5:28PM 70 min Boufal concedes a cheap free-kick by dragging down Ritchie on the right, 10 yards up from the corner flag. He bends it into the box with his left-foot where it is glanced on to the back of it and Lejeune, glorying in the space and opportunity, overzealously whacks a rotten shot into orbit.  5:25PM 69 min Newcastle sub: Gayle on for Joselu.  5:25PM 68 min Gabbiadini cushions a pass back to goal 18 yards out towards Long after controlling a 50-yard pass but Merino steps in to nick it away.  5:24PM 67 min Saints substitution: Romeu off, Davis on.  5:23PM 66 min Bertrand and Boufal make progress up the left, square it to Lemina. The crowd screams 'Shoot!' so he does, straight into a thicket of blue-socked legs at the edge of the box. 5:22PM 64 min The corner from the left is swung in by Ritchie and Tadic, surprised to head it after it just beat Van Dijk's leap, miscues it across goal. Joselu attempts to pounce but Saints bundle it away.  5:20PM 62 min The crowd attempts to rouse Southampton with an anthem. It doesn't work instantly as Newcastle break and Ritchie shoots from 25 yards. His shot is blocked and goes out for a corner, giving Benitez an opportunity to withdraw Ayoze Perez and send on Mikel Merino.  5:18PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:18PM 60 min Friend penalises Gabbiadini for grabbing Lejeune's shirt in the box and hurling himself on to the deck.  5:17PM 59 min Cedric seizes the initiative to have a shot from 20 yards but it's scuffed straight at Elliott.  5:16PM 58 min Forster appears shot, flapping at a dipping left-wing cross from Atsu that thankfully for him sails beyond the goal. Boufal has a couple of direct dribbles in a minute but can't find a away past Yedlin yet. 5:14PM 56 min Rafa Benitez is a fine manager but I still feel he deserves damnation for the reintroduction of the managerial waistcoat. Saints make a sub: Boufal on for Redmond.  5:13PM 54 min Yedlin, who has been booked, gets away with a sliding lunge that pole-axes Redmond. He was nowhere near the ball and should have been dispatched. Instead Kevin Friend let him walk.  5:12PM 53 min Having worked so hard to get back into it and score a rare home goal, Saints have thrown it away.  5:11PM 50 min Forster fails to hang on to a low shot from Peres at the near post and parries it straight back to him. They say no second invitation necessary but it was a second invitation and Ayoze Perez smacked it past the floundering, foundering Fraser Forster.  Ayoze Perez puts Newcastle back into the lead Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   5:08PM 48 min Gabbiadini traps a long diagonal quite heavily and it takes him towards the byline. Manquillo tries to hold him up but he turns, skedaddles back towards his own goal. Cedric's run distracts a defender or two and allows Gabbiadini to stroke in a low shot into the bottom corner.  5:08PM GOAL! 1-2! Newcastle are back in the lead with a goal from Ayoze Pérez. Southampton 1 - 2 Newcastle (Ayoze Pérez, 51 min) 5:07PM GOAL! An equaliser from Manolo Gabbiadini for Southampton makes it 1-1. Southampton 1 - 1 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 49 min) Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images   5:07PM The shot count is similar Southampton have attempted nine shots so far, compared to six for Newcastle. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 5:06PM Gabbiadini equalises And it's a solo slalom effort.  5:06PM 47 min They switch it to the right where Ritchie passes to Perez who diddles the dawdling Van Dijk and skelps in a low cross. Joselu sticks out a leg to flick it towards the far post and it loops up. Forster moves across slowly in a bit of a panic but can't get there a sit hits the post and rebounds out. Shelvey sprints forward to retrieve and goes for shot-cross that scares the pants off Forster. Backpedalling, he swipes it behind for a corner in fear of it dropping in.  5:03PM 46 min Newcastle kick off, make ground up the left and earn a throw-in.  4:50PM Half time Southampton have created two outstanding chances and four or five meh ones. Lemina is a hell of a player and really should be playing higher to test Shelvey instead of sweeping up. But the pace has been too pedestrian at times and Newcastle, who are well organised at the back and playing to a well-understood plan on the counter, have looked pretty comfortable with everything bar the left-wing crosses.  Isaac Hayden celebrates scoring Newcastle's opening goal with DeAndre Yedlin Credit: AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK   4:47PM 45+1 min Redmond yanks Lascelles' shirt to concede a free-kick on halfway that Shelvey lifts into the box but as it is in midair, the People's Friend blows his Acme Thunderer.  4:47PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:47PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 4:45PM 45 min The board goes up for an extra minute of possession fun and high jinks from Southampton.  4:43PM 42 min One pass too many from Redmond instead of shooting creates a harder opportunity for Long with a defender breathing down his neck. His shot deflects off Lejeune and balloons towards Elliott who gets there before the lunging Gabbiadini. Redmond should have had a dig himself from 18 yards.  4:41PM 41 min Much better cross from Bertrand from the breakdown as he whips one in from the left and Tadic meets it 10 yards out at the near post. Brave block from Lascelles diverts it out for a corner, from which Southampton plod back into their own half in pursuit of hollow possession dominance.  4:39PM 39 min Lascelles yanks Long over with an arm around his shoulders as they went up for a header 30 yards from the Toon goal. Bertrand floats in a timid cross with no menace at all and Newcastle easily clear.  4:38PM 37 min Yoshida and Perez go up for a header, Perez arriving very late and bundling the centre-half over. Free-kick in the centre-circle.  4:36PM 36 min Saints play another pretty triangular routine down the right with Gabbiadini, Cedric and Tadic. But one mistake on the high wire act of close intricate passing in a constrained space invites failure and so it proves with a minimally overhit pass.  4:34PM 34 min Redmond has a heavy first touch today. New boots? Nike Concretos?  4:33PM 32 min Long comes out to the right to make a triangle with Cedric and Lemina who sweeps the ball across the field where Lejeune steps out of the line to disrupt the attack and send Saints on the retreat.  Mario Lemina is Saints' shining light Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   4:31PM 30 min Lemina again snaps into a tackle in the centre of the field to thwart a Newcastle counter, brushing Perez off the ball and darting forward until he was fouled.  4:30PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:30PM Southampton can't make their domination of the ball count Southampton vs Newcastle 4:29PM 28 min Redmond hasn't mastered the training ground free-kick and is drowned in boos when he passes it straight to Atsu but a tigerish tackle from Lemina saves the day. He moves the ball out to the left where Yoshida takes it on and bends in a superb cross with his left-foot that parts Gabbiadini's hair with the backdraft but was just an inch too high to ram home.  4:27PM 27 min Van Dijk and Southampton are back to their sterile crossfield passing for a phase until they move it forward and earn a free-kick for Manquillo's foul 35 yards out.  4:26PM 24 min Perez is penalised for a trip on Yoshida, for standing on his heel. The linesman didn't flag as Perez exploited his advantage by sprinting clear through on goal but Friend intervened.  Hayden rams in his shot Credit: John Walton/PA   4:24PM 22 min Southampton attack quickly from the kick-off and Gabbiadini gets into a tangle with Lejeune who, with both of them on the floor, manages to hook the ball out for a corner. Elliott flaps at the centre misses it completely and Van Dijk steers a header wide of the gaping net. Should have been the equaliser. Saints have missed two golden headed chances.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Virgil van Dijk, 22 min)   4:22PM 21 min The loopy cross came in from the left, Atsu met it on the volley and walloped it into the defender at point blank range. Forster went down to save the shot that didn't get through to him and couldn't get up quick enough when Hayden thundered in the rebound from the D.   4:20PM GOAL! Isaac Hayden scores for Newcastle to make it 0-1! Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Isaac Hayden, 20 min) 4:20PM Newcastle take the lead Hayden rams in a shot from 18 yards. Forster was wrong-footed.  4:19PM 19 min Forster, who I've long thought pedestrian with his footwork, has no sense of urgency when receiving a back pass. He doesn't see Perez hounding into the space between them and shanks his clearance into him and it bounces harmlessly.  4:18PM 17 min Tadic misses a golden chance at the back post. Van Dijk made the chance with a Hansen-esque gallop upfield and a pass out to Bertrand on the left. He threads a pass on to Redmond who stands up the ball to the back stick. Tadic tries to head it back across goal and over Elliott but bludgeons it over the bar.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 0 Newcastle (Dusan Tadic, 16 min)   4:15PM Neither Southampton or Newcastle are testing the goalkeepers so far Tense opening quarter of an hour at St. Mary's Stadium, as Southampton and Newcastle struggle to get shots on goal Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:15PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:15PM 15 min Sharp turn from Tadic when found by Cedric's pass. He spins Hayden and spanks a left-foot riser over the bar from 25 yards.  4:14PM Southampton have their first strike at goal Southampton respond to the earlier Newcastle effort with their first shot of the game. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:14PM 13 min Redmond has  a saunter up the left but when he cuts it back for Romeu he overhits it and Newcastle break through Hayden who passes to Atsu. The left-sider hares up the middle but fluffs his simple pass to Joselu.  4:11PM 11 min Romeu bodyslams Shelvey to concede a free-kick, running into him late after Shelvey had played a pass. The referee doesn't book him. Everyone's allowed one free hit on Shelvey it seems  ... and not without reason.  4:10PM 10 min Shelvey takes to the back post where Atsu meets it after a diversion and crashes a left-foot shot into the side-netting from 10 yards and a tight if not right angle.  4:09PM 8 min Newcastle play it back to Elliot who chips it up to halfway where Manquillo cushions it on his chest and switches over to the right. Yedlin nods it on to Ritchie who hooks a bouncing ball over Bertrand for Perez who advances towards the box but wastes a cross. He hits it too close to Van Dijk and Southampton hustle it out for a corner. 4:07PM 7 min Lemina keeps dropping between the centre-backs, who split, and the fullbacks bomb on when Southampton build from the back. He looked more influential playing higher up at Selhurst Park.  4:06PM 5 min First Newcastle attack with Manquillo and Atsu combining up the left but the left-back's lack of an adequate left foot means his control as he skirted the whitewash lets him down and the ball dribbles out for a Saints throw.  4:05PM 4 min Southampton continue to hog the ball, stroking it around, not being pressed in the first 60 yards. Yoshida mixes it up with another raking diagonal for Bertrand that Yedlin and Ritchie deal with competently.  4:03PM 2 min That's better, a long ball from Yoshida from right to left, headed on by Long to Redmond who dinks in a dipping cross that Manquillo, covering diligently and dutifully, heads out for a throw-in.  4:01PM 1 min Saints kick off, move it back to Yoshida and pass it from left to right and back again before Van Dijk launches a long diagonal up the right for Tadic who turns and heads back towards his own goal. Newcastle haven't had a touch but it's a parody of possession football so far.  4:00PM Time for the teams to huddle Newcastle are in blue. We'll be off in a few seconds.  3:45PM A word from some sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   3:43PM This Saints kit Is very Steve Moran but I can't help but dislike it. Stripes > bibs.  Southampton Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand; Romeu, Lemina; Tadic, Gabbiadini, Redmond, Long.  Subs Hoedt, Davis, Austin, McCarthy, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, McQueen.  Fans gather at St Mary's Credit: MATTHEW CHILDS/Action Images via Reuters Newcastle Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo; Shelvey; Ritchie, Hayden, Perez, Atsu; Joselu.  Subs Clark, Murphy, Gayle, Diame, Merino, Darlow, Jesus Gamez.  Referee Kevin has a Friend (in Jesus). 3:38PM St Mary's Has not been a happy away trip for Newcastle United recently:  their last four visits have all ended in comprehensive defeat - 2-0 in 2012-13, 4-0 the following season, 4-0 again in 2014-15 and 3-1 during the Toon's relegation season. You have to go back to September 2004 (Southampton's relegation season) for Newcastle's last victory there and it came with a forward line of Craig Bellamy, Patrick Kluivert and Alan Shearer. None of them scored, however, and they left 2-1 winners by virtue of an own goal from David Prutton and one from the right-back Stephen Carr.  3:24PM Ch-ch-ch-changes Southampton bring in Manolo Gabbiadini for Steven Davis in their quest for a second home victory of the season. Newcastle draft in Florian Lejeune for Ciaran Clark at centre-half and Isaac Hayden for Mikel Merino as alterations to the starting XI for the draw with Liverpool. 3:19PM Team news The teams are in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to face #NUFC this afternoon in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/X0rNFJlXUJ— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) October 15, 2017 TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up at @SouthamptonFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 4pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/hgz8tFwbKI— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 15, 2017   3:16PM Pre-match package What is it? It's the Premier League clash between Southampton and Newcastle. When is it? Today, so Sunday, October 15. What time is kick-off? At 4pm. What TV channel is it on? You can watch live coverage on Sky Sports Premier League or Sky Sports Main Event channel. Alternatively, bookmark this page and follow the latest with our rolling blog. Shane Long is expected to return for Southampton Credit: Reuters What are the odds? Southampton to win 20/23 Draw 13/5 Newcastle to win 15/4 What's the team news? Shane Long is expected to be fit to play for Southampton despite the forward missing Ireland's World Cup qualifying win against Wales on Monday because of a hip injury. Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey could play wearing a special cast, having broken a finger while trying to break up a training ground disagreement last week. Defenders Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara remain sidelined. Mauricio Pellegrino hopes to get one over his former manager Credit: Reuters What have they been saying? Rafa Benitez on coming up against Mauricio Pellegrino, who knows him better than most having both played for and coached with him. “It will be difficult to surprise him. “It’s a strange feeling. Especially Mauricio, because he was my player and I signed him for Liverpool too because I had a lot of confidence in him. And after he was my assistant for the same reason. “He knows everything about me because he was my player and assistant. He has an advantage, but at the same time we know him really well too. It is a special situation. If you wanted to say something or change something, he would know already.”

Southampton 2 Newcastle 2: Manolo Gabbiadini pulls Saints back from the brink

It was Rafael Benitez who gave Mauricio Pellegrino his first big opportunity in coaching and it would be the apprentice rather than the old master here who had the last word. Benitez’s Newcastle United had twice got themselves into a match-winning position that would have lifted them to level on points with Chelsea in fifth but were twice frustrated following two goals in 28 minutes from Manolo Gabbiadini. With Southampton struggling to score of late – and further unconvincing defensive performances by goalkeeper Fraser Forster and centre-back Virgil van Dijk – it left Newcastle ultimately more disappointed with a point. That very fact, though, was illustrative both of their obvious improvement under manager Rafael Benitez and how Southampton are still waiting for any really tangible uplift following the decision to replace Claude Puel with Pellegrino. Their players even faced boos at half-time, although the subsequent applause that greeted the final whistle underlined how the jury is very much still out on the new man. There is no such debate over Benitez who, just as he did at Liverpool, is skilfully galvanising a fervent fanbase that can be so pivotal to the club’s success. More than 3,000 Newcastle supporters had made the 700-mile round-trip to Hampshire for this 4pm Sunday kick-off and their relentless chanting of Benitez’s name was indicative of the momentum he has created even amid the longer-term uncertainty over the club’s ownership. Isaac Hayden scores Newcastle's first with a crisp shot Credit:  John Walton/PA “I am disappointed because we could have won but happy because of a point away against a good team,” said Benitez. “We are learning from every game – there were a couple of mistakes but I cannot complain or blame my players. I am not surprised by where we are. The spirit is very good and everybody in the city is behind the team.” Even a training-ground fight between Jamaal Lascelles and Mo Diame does not seem to have undermined that unity, though Jonjo Shelvey’s attempts to separate them left him with a broken finger and needing protective strapping for this game. A combination of the wider dearth of midfield options and Shelvey’s good form has seen him re-enter the England debate of late and his outswinging corner put Southampton under immediate pressure, with Christian Atsu shooting into the side-netting. Although Southampton were largely dominant in possession, Newcastle carried the greater initial goal threat with their quick counter-attacks and soon took a deserved lead. Van Dijk had missed a simple chance to clear and his team were punished. Joselu’s effort was initially blocked by Maya Yoshida, but the ball then bounced in front of Isaac Hayden. The former Arsenal midfielder unleashed a powerful low shot towards the centre of the goal that was sufficient to beat Forster, who could not recover his footing. Manolo Gabbiadini slots Southampton's first equaliser Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh With Lascelles vocally organising his team-mates, the match soon settled into a pattern of Southampton’s possession being negated by Newcastle’s defensive organisation. Dusan Tadic had both a shot and a header go narrowly wide while Van Dijk himself did beat goalkeeper Rob Elliot only for his glancing header to drift over. Southampton were clearly instructed to move the ball more directly in what Pellegrino called a “chaotic” second half but were almost 2-0 behind within seconds of the restart. Van Dijk had again failed to clear, allowing Ayoze Perez and Joselu to combine before Forster was rescued only by the crossbar. Southampton had failed to score in eight out of their last nine league games at St Mary’s – a statistic that had largely mirrored the poor form of Gabbiadini – but he did then deliver spectacularly. The Italy striker had chased a long down-field clearance to the edge of the by-line and looked certain simply to pick out the best option among those team-mates who had surged forward in support. Gabbiadini did turn but, rather than pass to the onrushing Cedric Soares, he simply dribbled the ball infield before again swivelling and brilliantly directing a low, left-footed shot back inside Elliot’s near-post. Parity, however, was to last less than 90 seconds. Southampton again lost their collective concentration, allowing Perez to sprint into the space between Yoshida and Van Dijk and immediately shoot. Forster should have gathered the ball but his save rebounded straight back into the path of Perez, who drilled his shot inside the post. Pellegrino reacted by bringing on both Steven Davis and Sofiane Boufal but, for Newcastle, the second equaliser was largely self-inflicted. Shane Long was chasing a long, bouncing ball forward but running away from goal when Florian Lejeun upended him with an unnecessary and clumsy lunge. Referee Kevin Friend rightly pointed to the penalty spot and Gabbiadini, whose confidence seemed suddenly to have returned following his first goal, finished emphatically into the top corner. Both teams could have won it in the final minutes, although a calf injury to Dwight Gayle once Beneitz had used up his substitutes clearly limited Newcastle. “We were expecting to use his pace but we played the last 10 minutes with 10 players,” said Benitez. “The players had do everything for the team; they are doing a great job.” 5:56PM Full time If Lejeune had not made that needless foul in the box, Newcastle would be heading home with all the points. Saints looked cooked at that point and though he almost made amends with that late bullet header, Davis saved the day. Kevin Friend's leniency with DeAndre Yedlin, who should have been sent off, cost Southampton the chance to exploit numerical supremacy.  5:54PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:54PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 5:53PM 90+6 min Newcastle corner when Murphy's shot is arrowed towards the left post. Van Dijk sticks out a leg to knock it behind. Van Dijk heads Ritchie's corner out of the box and the ref blows for time.  5:52PM 90+5 min Boufal hits a long ball from the left-back position that Newcastle mop up and move back up the right. Yedlin hits an outswinging cross into the box. Southampton clear.  5:51PM 90+4 min Van Dijk saves Yoshida from a terrible error when he lets the ball run. He sprints in to stop Gayle having a clear run on goal from 25 yards.  5:50PM 90+2 min Both should have gone off after treatment and then come back on but Friend allows them to stay on for the re-start which provokes much gesticulation from Pellegrino and jeers from the crowd: 'You don't know what you're doing' etc.  5:48PM 90+1 min They sweep the ball forward quickly but the attack ends when Ritchie and Hayden take each other out with a clash of heads. On rush the medical staff who eventually give them the all-clear.  5:47PM 89 min Newcastle break from the goalkick and win a corner. Lejeune evades Austin with a clever run to meet it and powers a header towards the bottom left corner. Davis, having been stationed there, keeps his cool to clear off the line and Saints break.  5:45PM 87 min Lejeune slides in to block Cedric's cross out for a corner and prevents Gabbiadini having a sniff of a hat-trick at the near post. The corner is caught comfortably by Elliott who then takes a knee ... but not in that way.  5:44PM 86 min Both sides still going for it. Bertrand and Boufal combine to free the left-back up the left. His cross is too close to Elliott who dives out to slap it away. Shelvey pouncs on the breaking ball as if time has stood still and passes it to Yedlin but his clearance is hounded down by Lemina and Boufal. The rapid counter breaks down with a foul.  5:42PM 85 min Hayden slips and goes in hard on Van Dijk but gets away with a second booking because it was evidently an accident on his part.  5:41PM 83 min Long goes off for Southampton and Austin, to loud cheers, comes on. Atsu is replaced by Jacob Murphy for Newcastle.  5:40PM 82 min Newcastle free-kick on the right by the junction of the 18-yard line and the vertical line of the penalty box. Ritchie scoops it beyond the far post, looking for the curler.  5:36PM 80 min A couple of bookings, for Gabbiadini kicking the ball away, and Hayden for going over the ball and planting his studs (while sliding) on to the top of Lemina's foot.  5:35PM 78 min Newcastle have a chance at the other end, just like after Saints' first equaliser, but Lejeune, on the end of the pumped cross, attempts to redeem himself instead of nodding it to the unmarked Gayle who gives him a mouthful. Forster's easy catch inspires sarcastic cheers.  5:33PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:33PM 76 min Gabbiadini trots up and absolutely larrups his left-foot shot into the top right corner, directing it so perfectly that he made the inside of the side-netting billow.  5:33PM GOAL! Southampton level it up with a goal from Manolo Gabbiadini: it's 2-2. Southampton 2 - 2 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 75 min) 5:32PM Gabbiadini converts it It's 2-2.  5:32PM Saints have a penalty Long was going away from goal, Lejeune stuck out a leg to give him a hurdle and he fell over it, as was his duty.  5:31PM 74 min Gayle has a sprint down the right into space but only Atsu is up with him and his cross doesn't find him.  5:30PM 72 min Decent near-post cross from Cedric after he robbed Atsu but no one had made the run there. I don't known if he deserves criticism for not looking up or Long and Gabbiadini for not splitting and one of them going there but I err towards the latter.  5:28PM 70 min Boufal concedes a cheap free-kick by dragging down Ritchie on the right, 10 yards up from the corner flag. He bends it into the box with his left-foot where it is glanced on to the back of it and Lejeune, glorying in the space and opportunity, overzealously whacks a rotten shot into orbit.  5:25PM 69 min Newcastle sub: Gayle on for Joselu.  5:25PM 68 min Gabbiadini cushions a pass back to goal 18 yards out towards Long after controlling a 50-yard pass but Merino steps in to nick it away.  5:24PM 67 min Saints substitution: Romeu off, Davis on.  5:23PM 66 min Bertrand and Boufal make progress up the left, square it to Lemina. The crowd screams 'Shoot!' so he does, straight into a thicket of blue-socked legs at the edge of the box. 5:22PM 64 min The corner from the left is swung in by Ritchie and Tadic, surprised to head it after it just beat Van Dijk's leap, miscues it across goal. Joselu attempts to pounce but Saints bundle it away.  5:20PM 62 min The crowd attempts to rouse Southampton with an anthem. It doesn't work instantly as Newcastle break and Ritchie shoots from 25 yards. His shot is blocked and goes out for a corner, giving Benitez an opportunity to withdraw Ayoze Perez and send on Mikel Merino.  5:18PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:18PM 60 min Friend penalises Gabbiadini for grabbing Lejeune's shirt in the box and hurling himself on to the deck.  5:17PM 59 min Cedric seizes the initiative to have a shot from 20 yards but it's scuffed straight at Elliott.  5:16PM 58 min Forster appears shot, flapping at a dipping left-wing cross from Atsu that thankfully for him sails beyond the goal. Boufal has a couple of direct dribbles in a minute but can't find a away past Yedlin yet. 5:14PM 56 min Rafa Benitez is a fine manager but I still feel he deserves damnation for the reintroduction of the managerial waistcoat. Saints make a sub: Boufal on for Redmond.  5:13PM 54 min Yedlin, who has been booked, gets away with a sliding lunge that pole-axes Redmond. He was nowhere near the ball and should have been dispatched. Instead Kevin Friend let him walk.  5:12PM 53 min Having worked so hard to get back into it and score a rare home goal, Saints have thrown it away.  5:11PM 50 min Forster fails to hang on to a low shot from Peres at the near post and parries it straight back to him. They say no second invitation necessary but it was a second invitation and Ayoze Perez smacked it past the floundering, foundering Fraser Forster.  Ayoze Perez puts Newcastle back into the lead Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   5:08PM 48 min Gabbiadini traps a long diagonal quite heavily and it takes him towards the byline. Manquillo tries to hold him up but he turns, skedaddles back towards his own goal. Cedric's run distracts a defender or two and allows Gabbiadini to stroke in a low shot into the bottom corner.  5:08PM GOAL! 1-2! Newcastle are back in the lead with a goal from Ayoze Pérez. Southampton 1 - 2 Newcastle (Ayoze Pérez, 51 min) 5:07PM GOAL! An equaliser from Manolo Gabbiadini for Southampton makes it 1-1. Southampton 1 - 1 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 49 min) Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images   5:07PM The shot count is similar Southampton have attempted nine shots so far, compared to six for Newcastle. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 5:06PM Gabbiadini equalises And it's a solo slalom effort.  5:06PM 47 min They switch it to the right where Ritchie passes to Perez who diddles the dawdling Van Dijk and skelps in a low cross. Joselu sticks out a leg to flick it towards the far post and it loops up. Forster moves across slowly in a bit of a panic but can't get there a sit hits the post and rebounds out. Shelvey sprints forward to retrieve and goes for shot-cross that scares the pants off Forster. Backpedalling, he swipes it behind for a corner in fear of it dropping in.  5:03PM 46 min Newcastle kick off, make ground up the left and earn a throw-in.  4:50PM Half time Southampton have created two outstanding chances and four or five meh ones. Lemina is a hell of a player and really should be playing higher to test Shelvey instead of sweeping up. But the pace has been too pedestrian at times and Newcastle, who are well organised at the back and playing to a well-understood plan on the counter, have looked pretty comfortable with everything bar the left-wing crosses.  Isaac Hayden celebrates scoring Newcastle's opening goal with DeAndre Yedlin Credit: AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK   4:47PM 45+1 min Redmond yanks Lascelles' shirt to concede a free-kick on halfway that Shelvey lifts into the box but as it is in midair, the People's Friend blows his Acme Thunderer.  4:47PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:47PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 4:45PM 45 min The board goes up for an extra minute of possession fun and high jinks from Southampton.  4:43PM 42 min One pass too many from Redmond instead of shooting creates a harder opportunity for Long with a defender breathing down his neck. His shot deflects off Lejeune and balloons towards Elliott who gets there before the lunging Gabbiadini. Redmond should have had a dig himself from 18 yards.  4:41PM 41 min Much better cross from Bertrand from the breakdown as he whips one in from the left and Tadic meets it 10 yards out at the near post. Brave block from Lascelles diverts it out for a corner, from which Southampton plod back into their own half in pursuit of hollow possession dominance.  4:39PM 39 min Lascelles yanks Long over with an arm around his shoulders as they went up for a header 30 yards from the Toon goal. Bertrand floats in a timid cross with no menace at all and Newcastle easily clear.  4:38PM 37 min Yoshida and Perez go up for a header, Perez arriving very late and bundling the centre-half over. Free-kick in the centre-circle.  4:36PM 36 min Saints play another pretty triangular routine down the right with Gabbiadini, Cedric and Tadic. But one mistake on the high wire act of close intricate passing in a constrained space invites failure and so it proves with a minimally overhit pass.  4:34PM 34 min Redmond has a heavy first touch today. New boots? Nike Concretos?  4:33PM 32 min Long comes out to the right to make a triangle with Cedric and Lemina who sweeps the ball across the field where Lejeune steps out of the line to disrupt the attack and send Saints on the retreat.  Mario Lemina is Saints' shining light Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   4:31PM 30 min Lemina again snaps into a tackle in the centre of the field to thwart a Newcastle counter, brushing Perez off the ball and darting forward until he was fouled.  4:30PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:30PM Southampton can't make their domination of the ball count Southampton vs Newcastle 4:29PM 28 min Redmond hasn't mastered the training ground free-kick and is drowned in boos when he passes it straight to Atsu but a tigerish tackle from Lemina saves the day. He moves the ball out to the left where Yoshida takes it on and bends in a superb cross with his left-foot that parts Gabbiadini's hair with the backdraft but was just an inch too high to ram home.  4:27PM 27 min Van Dijk and Southampton are back to their sterile crossfield passing for a phase until they move it forward and earn a free-kick for Manquillo's foul 35 yards out.  4:26PM 24 min Perez is penalised for a trip on Yoshida, for standing on his heel. The linesman didn't flag as Perez exploited his advantage by sprinting clear through on goal but Friend intervened.  Hayden rams in his shot Credit: John Walton/PA   4:24PM 22 min Southampton attack quickly from the kick-off and Gabbiadini gets into a tangle with Lejeune who, with both of them on the floor, manages to hook the ball out for a corner. Elliott flaps at the centre misses it completely and Van Dijk steers a header wide of the gaping net. Should have been the equaliser. Saints have missed two golden headed chances.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Virgil van Dijk, 22 min)   4:22PM 21 min The loopy cross came in from the left, Atsu met it on the volley and walloped it into the defender at point blank range. Forster went down to save the shot that didn't get through to him and couldn't get up quick enough when Hayden thundered in the rebound from the D.   4:20PM GOAL! Isaac Hayden scores for Newcastle to make it 0-1! Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Isaac Hayden, 20 min) 4:20PM Newcastle take the lead Hayden rams in a shot from 18 yards. Forster was wrong-footed.  4:19PM 19 min Forster, who I've long thought pedestrian with his footwork, has no sense of urgency when receiving a back pass. He doesn't see Perez hounding into the space between them and shanks his clearance into him and it bounces harmlessly.  4:18PM 17 min Tadic misses a golden chance at the back post. Van Dijk made the chance with a Hansen-esque gallop upfield and a pass out to Bertrand on the left. He threads a pass on to Redmond who stands up the ball to the back stick. Tadic tries to head it back across goal and over Elliott but bludgeons it over the bar.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 0 Newcastle (Dusan Tadic, 16 min)   4:15PM Neither Southampton or Newcastle are testing the goalkeepers so far Tense opening quarter of an hour at St. Mary's Stadium, as Southampton and Newcastle struggle to get shots on goal Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:15PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:15PM 15 min Sharp turn from Tadic when found by Cedric's pass. He spins Hayden and spanks a left-foot riser over the bar from 25 yards.  4:14PM Southampton have their first strike at goal Southampton respond to the earlier Newcastle effort with their first shot of the game. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:14PM 13 min Redmond has  a saunter up the left but when he cuts it back for Romeu he overhits it and Newcastle break through Hayden who passes to Atsu. The left-sider hares up the middle but fluffs his simple pass to Joselu.  4:11PM 11 min Romeu bodyslams Shelvey to concede a free-kick, running into him late after Shelvey had played a pass. The referee doesn't book him. Everyone's allowed one free hit on Shelvey it seems  ... and not without reason.  4:10PM 10 min Shelvey takes to the back post where Atsu meets it after a diversion and crashes a left-foot shot into the side-netting from 10 yards and a tight if not right angle.  4:09PM 8 min Newcastle play it back to Elliot who chips it up to halfway where Manquillo cushions it on his chest and switches over to the right. Yedlin nods it on to Ritchie who hooks a bouncing ball over Bertrand for Perez who advances towards the box but wastes a cross. He hits it too close to Van Dijk and Southampton hustle it out for a corner. 4:07PM 7 min Lemina keeps dropping between the centre-backs, who split, and the fullbacks bomb on when Southampton build from the back. He looked more influential playing higher up at Selhurst Park.  4:06PM 5 min First Newcastle attack with Manquillo and Atsu combining up the left but the left-back's lack of an adequate left foot means his control as he skirted the whitewash lets him down and the ball dribbles out for a Saints throw.  4:05PM 4 min Southampton continue to hog the ball, stroking it around, not being pressed in the first 60 yards. Yoshida mixes it up with another raking diagonal for Bertrand that Yedlin and Ritchie deal with competently.  4:03PM 2 min That's better, a long ball from Yoshida from right to left, headed on by Long to Redmond who dinks in a dipping cross that Manquillo, covering diligently and dutifully, heads out for a throw-in.  4:01PM 1 min Saints kick off, move it back to Yoshida and pass it from left to right and back again before Van Dijk launches a long diagonal up the right for Tadic who turns and heads back towards his own goal. Newcastle haven't had a touch but it's a parody of possession football so far.  4:00PM Time for the teams to huddle Newcastle are in blue. We'll be off in a few seconds.  3:45PM A word from some sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   3:43PM This Saints kit Is very Steve Moran but I can't help but dislike it. Stripes > bibs.  Southampton Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand; Romeu, Lemina; Tadic, Gabbiadini, Redmond, Long.  Subs Hoedt, Davis, Austin, McCarthy, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, McQueen.  Fans gather at St Mary's Credit: MATTHEW CHILDS/Action Images via Reuters Newcastle Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo; Shelvey; Ritchie, Hayden, Perez, Atsu; Joselu.  Subs Clark, Murphy, Gayle, Diame, Merino, Darlow, Jesus Gamez.  Referee Kevin has a Friend (in Jesus). 3:38PM St Mary's Has not been a happy away trip for Newcastle United recently:  their last four visits have all ended in comprehensive defeat - 2-0 in 2012-13, 4-0 the following season, 4-0 again in 2014-15 and 3-1 during the Toon's relegation season. You have to go back to September 2004 (Southampton's relegation season) for Newcastle's last victory there and it came with a forward line of Craig Bellamy, Patrick Kluivert and Alan Shearer. None of them scored, however, and they left 2-1 winners by virtue of an own goal from David Prutton and one from the right-back Stephen Carr.  3:24PM Ch-ch-ch-changes Southampton bring in Manolo Gabbiadini for Steven Davis in their quest for a second home victory of the season. Newcastle draft in Florian Lejeune for Ciaran Clark at centre-half and Isaac Hayden for Mikel Merino as alterations to the starting XI for the draw with Liverpool. 3:19PM Team news The teams are in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to face #NUFC this afternoon in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/X0rNFJlXUJ— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) October 15, 2017 TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up at @SouthamptonFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 4pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/hgz8tFwbKI— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 15, 2017   3:16PM Pre-match package What is it? It's the Premier League clash between Southampton and Newcastle. When is it? Today, so Sunday, October 15. What time is kick-off? At 4pm. What TV channel is it on? You can watch live coverage on Sky Sports Premier League or Sky Sports Main Event channel. Alternatively, bookmark this page and follow the latest with our rolling blog. Shane Long is expected to return for Southampton Credit: Reuters What are the odds? Southampton to win 20/23 Draw 13/5 Newcastle to win 15/4 What's the team news? Shane Long is expected to be fit to play for Southampton despite the forward missing Ireland's World Cup qualifying win against Wales on Monday because of a hip injury. Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey could play wearing a special cast, having broken a finger while trying to break up a training ground disagreement last week. Defenders Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara remain sidelined. Mauricio Pellegrino hopes to get one over his former manager Credit: Reuters What have they been saying? Rafa Benitez on coming up against Mauricio Pellegrino, who knows him better than most having both played for and coached with him. “It will be difficult to surprise him. “It’s a strange feeling. Especially Mauricio, because he was my player and I signed him for Liverpool too because I had a lot of confidence in him. And after he was my assistant for the same reason. “He knows everything about me because he was my player and assistant. He has an advantage, but at the same time we know him really well too. It is a special situation. If you wanted to say something or change something, he would know already.”

Southampton 2 Newcastle 2: Manolo Gabbiadini pulls Saints back from the brink

It was Rafael Benitez who gave Mauricio Pellegrino his first big opportunity in coaching and it would be the apprentice rather than the old master here who had the last word. Benitez’s Newcastle United had twice got themselves into a match-winning position that would have lifted them to level on points with Chelsea in fifth but were twice frustrated following two goals in 28 minutes from Manolo Gabbiadini. With Southampton struggling to score of late – and further unconvincing defensive performances by goalkeeper Fraser Forster and centre-back Virgil van Dijk – it left Newcastle ultimately more disappointed with a point. That very fact, though, was illustrative both of their obvious improvement under manager Rafael Benitez and how Southampton are still waiting for any really tangible uplift following the decision to replace Claude Puel with Pellegrino. Their players even faced boos at half-time, although the subsequent applause that greeted the final whistle underlined how the jury is very much still out on the new man. There is no such debate over Benitez who, just as he did at Liverpool, is skilfully galvanising a fervent fanbase that can be so pivotal to the club’s success. More than 3,000 Newcastle supporters had made the 700-mile round-trip to Hampshire for this 4pm Sunday kick-off and their relentless chanting of Benitez’s name was indicative of the momentum he has created even amid the longer-term uncertainty over the club’s ownership. Isaac Hayden scores Newcastle's first with a crisp shot Credit:  John Walton/PA “I am disappointed because we could have won but happy because of a point away against a good team,” said Benitez. “We are learning from every game – there were a couple of mistakes but I cannot complain or blame my players. I am not surprised by where we are. The spirit is very good and everybody in the city is behind the team.” Even a training-ground fight between Jamaal Lascelles and Mo Diame does not seem to have undermined that unity, though Jonjo Shelvey’s attempts to separate them left him with a broken finger and needing protective strapping for this game. A combination of the wider dearth of midfield options and Shelvey’s good form has seen him re-enter the England debate of late and his outswinging corner put Southampton under immediate pressure, with Christian Atsu shooting into the side-netting. Although Southampton were largely dominant in possession, Newcastle carried the greater initial goal threat with their quick counter-attacks and soon took a deserved lead. Van Dijk had missed a simple chance to clear and his team were punished. Joselu’s effort was initially blocked by Maya Yoshida, but the ball then bounced in front of Isaac Hayden. The former Arsenal midfielder unleashed a powerful low shot towards the centre of the goal that was sufficient to beat Forster, who could not recover his footing. Manolo Gabbiadini slots Southampton's first equaliser Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh With Lascelles vocally organising his team-mates, the match soon settled into a pattern of Southampton’s possession being negated by Newcastle’s defensive organisation. Dusan Tadic had both a shot and a header go narrowly wide while Van Dijk himself did beat goalkeeper Rob Elliot only for his glancing header to drift over. Southampton were clearly instructed to move the ball more directly in what Pellegrino called a “chaotic” second half but were almost 2-0 behind within seconds of the restart. Van Dijk had again failed to clear, allowing Ayoze Perez and Joselu to combine before Forster was rescued only by the crossbar. Southampton had failed to score in eight out of their last nine league games at St Mary’s – a statistic that had largely mirrored the poor form of Gabbiadini – but he did then deliver spectacularly. The Italy striker had chased a long down-field clearance to the edge of the by-line and looked certain simply to pick out the best option among those team-mates who had surged forward in support. Gabbiadini did turn but, rather than pass to the onrushing Cedric Soares, he simply dribbled the ball infield before again swivelling and brilliantly directing a low, left-footed shot back inside Elliot’s near-post. Parity, however, was to last less than 90 seconds. Southampton again lost their collective concentration, allowing Perez to sprint into the space between Yoshida and Van Dijk and immediately shoot. Forster should have gathered the ball but his save rebounded straight back into the path of Perez, who drilled his shot inside the post. Pellegrino reacted by bringing on both Steven Davis and Sofiane Boufal but, for Newcastle, the second equaliser was largely self-inflicted. Shane Long was chasing a long, bouncing ball forward but running away from goal when Florian Lejeun upended him with an unnecessary and clumsy lunge. Referee Kevin Friend rightly pointed to the penalty spot and Gabbiadini, whose confidence seemed suddenly to have returned following his first goal, finished emphatically into the top corner. Both teams could have won it in the final minutes, although a calf injury to Dwight Gayle once Beneitz had used up his substitutes clearly limited Newcastle. “We were expecting to use his pace but we played the last 10 minutes with 10 players,” said Benitez. “The players had do everything for the team; they are doing a great job.” 5:56PM Full time If Lejeune had not made that needless foul in the box, Newcastle would be heading home with all the points. Saints looked cooked at that point and though he almost made amends with that late bullet header, Davis saved the day. Kevin Friend's leniency with DeAndre Yedlin, who should have been sent off, cost Southampton the chance to exploit numerical supremacy.  5:54PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:54PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 5:53PM 90+6 min Newcastle corner when Murphy's shot is arrowed towards the left post. Van Dijk sticks out a leg to knock it behind. Van Dijk heads Ritchie's corner out of the box and the ref blows for time.  5:52PM 90+5 min Boufal hits a long ball from the left-back position that Newcastle mop up and move back up the right. Yedlin hits an outswinging cross into the box. Southampton clear.  5:51PM 90+4 min Van Dijk saves Yoshida from a terrible error when he lets the ball run. He sprints in to stop Gayle having a clear run on goal from 25 yards.  5:50PM 90+2 min Both should have gone off after treatment and then come back on but Friend allows them to stay on for the re-start which provokes much gesticulation from Pellegrino and jeers from the crowd: 'You don't know what you're doing' etc.  5:48PM 90+1 min They sweep the ball forward quickly but the attack ends when Ritchie and Hayden take each other out with a clash of heads. On rush the medical staff who eventually give them the all-clear.  5:47PM 89 min Newcastle break from the goalkick and win a corner. Lejeune evades Austin with a clever run to meet it and powers a header towards the bottom left corner. Davis, having been stationed there, keeps his cool to clear off the line and Saints break.  5:45PM 87 min Lejeune slides in to block Cedric's cross out for a corner and prevents Gabbiadini having a sniff of a hat-trick at the near post. The corner is caught comfortably by Elliott who then takes a knee ... but not in that way.  5:44PM 86 min Both sides still going for it. Bertrand and Boufal combine to free the left-back up the left. His cross is too close to Elliott who dives out to slap it away. Shelvey pouncs on the breaking ball as if time has stood still and passes it to Yedlin but his clearance is hounded down by Lemina and Boufal. The rapid counter breaks down with a foul.  5:42PM 85 min Hayden slips and goes in hard on Van Dijk but gets away with a second booking because it was evidently an accident on his part.  5:41PM 83 min Long goes off for Southampton and Austin, to loud cheers, comes on. Atsu is replaced by Jacob Murphy for Newcastle.  5:40PM 82 min Newcastle free-kick on the right by the junction of the 18-yard line and the vertical line of the penalty box. Ritchie scoops it beyond the far post, looking for the curler.  5:36PM 80 min A couple of bookings, for Gabbiadini kicking the ball away, and Hayden for going over the ball and planting his studs (while sliding) on to the top of Lemina's foot.  5:35PM 78 min Newcastle have a chance at the other end, just like after Saints' first equaliser, but Lejeune, on the end of the pumped cross, attempts to redeem himself instead of nodding it to the unmarked Gayle who gives him a mouthful. Forster's easy catch inspires sarcastic cheers.  5:33PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:33PM 76 min Gabbiadini trots up and absolutely larrups his left-foot shot into the top right corner, directing it so perfectly that he made the inside of the side-netting billow.  5:33PM GOAL! Southampton level it up with a goal from Manolo Gabbiadini: it's 2-2. Southampton 2 - 2 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 75 min) 5:32PM Gabbiadini converts it It's 2-2.  5:32PM Saints have a penalty Long was going away from goal, Lejeune stuck out a leg to give him a hurdle and he fell over it, as was his duty.  5:31PM 74 min Gayle has a sprint down the right into space but only Atsu is up with him and his cross doesn't find him.  5:30PM 72 min Decent near-post cross from Cedric after he robbed Atsu but no one had made the run there. I don't known if he deserves criticism for not looking up or Long and Gabbiadini for not splitting and one of them going there but I err towards the latter.  5:28PM 70 min Boufal concedes a cheap free-kick by dragging down Ritchie on the right, 10 yards up from the corner flag. He bends it into the box with his left-foot where it is glanced on to the back of it and Lejeune, glorying in the space and opportunity, overzealously whacks a rotten shot into orbit.  5:25PM 69 min Newcastle sub: Gayle on for Joselu.  5:25PM 68 min Gabbiadini cushions a pass back to goal 18 yards out towards Long after controlling a 50-yard pass but Merino steps in to nick it away.  5:24PM 67 min Saints substitution: Romeu off, Davis on.  5:23PM 66 min Bertrand and Boufal make progress up the left, square it to Lemina. The crowd screams 'Shoot!' so he does, straight into a thicket of blue-socked legs at the edge of the box. 5:22PM 64 min The corner from the left is swung in by Ritchie and Tadic, surprised to head it after it just beat Van Dijk's leap, miscues it across goal. Joselu attempts to pounce but Saints bundle it away.  5:20PM 62 min The crowd attempts to rouse Southampton with an anthem. It doesn't work instantly as Newcastle break and Ritchie shoots from 25 yards. His shot is blocked and goes out for a corner, giving Benitez an opportunity to withdraw Ayoze Perez and send on Mikel Merino.  5:18PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:18PM 60 min Friend penalises Gabbiadini for grabbing Lejeune's shirt in the box and hurling himself on to the deck.  5:17PM 59 min Cedric seizes the initiative to have a shot from 20 yards but it's scuffed straight at Elliott.  5:16PM 58 min Forster appears shot, flapping at a dipping left-wing cross from Atsu that thankfully for him sails beyond the goal. Boufal has a couple of direct dribbles in a minute but can't find a away past Yedlin yet. 5:14PM 56 min Rafa Benitez is a fine manager but I still feel he deserves damnation for the reintroduction of the managerial waistcoat. Saints make a sub: Boufal on for Redmond.  5:13PM 54 min Yedlin, who has been booked, gets away with a sliding lunge that pole-axes Redmond. He was nowhere near the ball and should have been dispatched. Instead Kevin Friend let him walk.  5:12PM 53 min Having worked so hard to get back into it and score a rare home goal, Saints have thrown it away.  5:11PM 50 min Forster fails to hang on to a low shot from Peres at the near post and parries it straight back to him. They say no second invitation necessary but it was a second invitation and Ayoze Perez smacked it past the floundering, foundering Fraser Forster.  Ayoze Perez puts Newcastle back into the lead Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   5:08PM 48 min Gabbiadini traps a long diagonal quite heavily and it takes him towards the byline. Manquillo tries to hold him up but he turns, skedaddles back towards his own goal. Cedric's run distracts a defender or two and allows Gabbiadini to stroke in a low shot into the bottom corner.  5:08PM GOAL! 1-2! Newcastle are back in the lead with a goal from Ayoze Pérez. Southampton 1 - 2 Newcastle (Ayoze Pérez, 51 min) 5:07PM GOAL! An equaliser from Manolo Gabbiadini for Southampton makes it 1-1. Southampton 1 - 1 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 49 min) Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images   5:07PM The shot count is similar Southampton have attempted nine shots so far, compared to six for Newcastle. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 5:06PM Gabbiadini equalises And it's a solo slalom effort.  5:06PM 47 min They switch it to the right where Ritchie passes to Perez who diddles the dawdling Van Dijk and skelps in a low cross. Joselu sticks out a leg to flick it towards the far post and it loops up. Forster moves across slowly in a bit of a panic but can't get there a sit hits the post and rebounds out. Shelvey sprints forward to retrieve and goes for shot-cross that scares the pants off Forster. Backpedalling, he swipes it behind for a corner in fear of it dropping in.  5:03PM 46 min Newcastle kick off, make ground up the left and earn a throw-in.  4:50PM Half time Southampton have created two outstanding chances and four or five meh ones. Lemina is a hell of a player and really should be playing higher to test Shelvey instead of sweeping up. But the pace has been too pedestrian at times and Newcastle, who are well organised at the back and playing to a well-understood plan on the counter, have looked pretty comfortable with everything bar the left-wing crosses.  Isaac Hayden celebrates scoring Newcastle's opening goal with DeAndre Yedlin Credit: AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK   4:47PM 45+1 min Redmond yanks Lascelles' shirt to concede a free-kick on halfway that Shelvey lifts into the box but as it is in midair, the People's Friend blows his Acme Thunderer.  4:47PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:47PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 4:45PM 45 min The board goes up for an extra minute of possession fun and high jinks from Southampton.  4:43PM 42 min One pass too many from Redmond instead of shooting creates a harder opportunity for Long with a defender breathing down his neck. His shot deflects off Lejeune and balloons towards Elliott who gets there before the lunging Gabbiadini. Redmond should have had a dig himself from 18 yards.  4:41PM 41 min Much better cross from Bertrand from the breakdown as he whips one in from the left and Tadic meets it 10 yards out at the near post. Brave block from Lascelles diverts it out for a corner, from which Southampton plod back into their own half in pursuit of hollow possession dominance.  4:39PM 39 min Lascelles yanks Long over with an arm around his shoulders as they went up for a header 30 yards from the Toon goal. Bertrand floats in a timid cross with no menace at all and Newcastle easily clear.  4:38PM 37 min Yoshida and Perez go up for a header, Perez arriving very late and bundling the centre-half over. Free-kick in the centre-circle.  4:36PM 36 min Saints play another pretty triangular routine down the right with Gabbiadini, Cedric and Tadic. But one mistake on the high wire act of close intricate passing in a constrained space invites failure and so it proves with a minimally overhit pass.  4:34PM 34 min Redmond has a heavy first touch today. New boots? Nike Concretos?  4:33PM 32 min Long comes out to the right to make a triangle with Cedric and Lemina who sweeps the ball across the field where Lejeune steps out of the line to disrupt the attack and send Saints on the retreat.  Mario Lemina is Saints' shining light Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   4:31PM 30 min Lemina again snaps into a tackle in the centre of the field to thwart a Newcastle counter, brushing Perez off the ball and darting forward until he was fouled.  4:30PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:30PM Southampton can't make their domination of the ball count Southampton vs Newcastle 4:29PM 28 min Redmond hasn't mastered the training ground free-kick and is drowned in boos when he passes it straight to Atsu but a tigerish tackle from Lemina saves the day. He moves the ball out to the left where Yoshida takes it on and bends in a superb cross with his left-foot that parts Gabbiadini's hair with the backdraft but was just an inch too high to ram home.  4:27PM 27 min Van Dijk and Southampton are back to their sterile crossfield passing for a phase until they move it forward and earn a free-kick for Manquillo's foul 35 yards out.  4:26PM 24 min Perez is penalised for a trip on Yoshida, for standing on his heel. The linesman didn't flag as Perez exploited his advantage by sprinting clear through on goal but Friend intervened.  Hayden rams in his shot Credit: John Walton/PA   4:24PM 22 min Southampton attack quickly from the kick-off and Gabbiadini gets into a tangle with Lejeune who, with both of them on the floor, manages to hook the ball out for a corner. Elliott flaps at the centre misses it completely and Van Dijk steers a header wide of the gaping net. Should have been the equaliser. Saints have missed two golden headed chances.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Virgil van Dijk, 22 min)   4:22PM 21 min The loopy cross came in from the left, Atsu met it on the volley and walloped it into the defender at point blank range. Forster went down to save the shot that didn't get through to him and couldn't get up quick enough when Hayden thundered in the rebound from the D.   4:20PM GOAL! Isaac Hayden scores for Newcastle to make it 0-1! Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Isaac Hayden, 20 min) 4:20PM Newcastle take the lead Hayden rams in a shot from 18 yards. Forster was wrong-footed.  4:19PM 19 min Forster, who I've long thought pedestrian with his footwork, has no sense of urgency when receiving a back pass. He doesn't see Perez hounding into the space between them and shanks his clearance into him and it bounces harmlessly.  4:18PM 17 min Tadic misses a golden chance at the back post. Van Dijk made the chance with a Hansen-esque gallop upfield and a pass out to Bertrand on the left. He threads a pass on to Redmond who stands up the ball to the back stick. Tadic tries to head it back across goal and over Elliott but bludgeons it over the bar.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 0 Newcastle (Dusan Tadic, 16 min)   4:15PM Neither Southampton or Newcastle are testing the goalkeepers so far Tense opening quarter of an hour at St. Mary's Stadium, as Southampton and Newcastle struggle to get shots on goal Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:15PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:15PM 15 min Sharp turn from Tadic when found by Cedric's pass. He spins Hayden and spanks a left-foot riser over the bar from 25 yards.  4:14PM Southampton have their first strike at goal Southampton respond to the earlier Newcastle effort with their first shot of the game. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:14PM 13 min Redmond has  a saunter up the left but when he cuts it back for Romeu he overhits it and Newcastle break through Hayden who passes to Atsu. The left-sider hares up the middle but fluffs his simple pass to Joselu.  4:11PM 11 min Romeu bodyslams Shelvey to concede a free-kick, running into him late after Shelvey had played a pass. The referee doesn't book him. Everyone's allowed one free hit on Shelvey it seems  ... and not without reason.  4:10PM 10 min Shelvey takes to the back post where Atsu meets it after a diversion and crashes a left-foot shot into the side-netting from 10 yards and a tight if not right angle.  4:09PM 8 min Newcastle play it back to Elliot who chips it up to halfway where Manquillo cushions it on his chest and switches over to the right. Yedlin nods it on to Ritchie who hooks a bouncing ball over Bertrand for Perez who advances towards the box but wastes a cross. He hits it too close to Van Dijk and Southampton hustle it out for a corner. 4:07PM 7 min Lemina keeps dropping between the centre-backs, who split, and the fullbacks bomb on when Southampton build from the back. He looked more influential playing higher up at Selhurst Park.  4:06PM 5 min First Newcastle attack with Manquillo and Atsu combining up the left but the left-back's lack of an adequate left foot means his control as he skirted the whitewash lets him down and the ball dribbles out for a Saints throw.  4:05PM 4 min Southampton continue to hog the ball, stroking it around, not being pressed in the first 60 yards. Yoshida mixes it up with another raking diagonal for Bertrand that Yedlin and Ritchie deal with competently.  4:03PM 2 min That's better, a long ball from Yoshida from right to left, headed on by Long to Redmond who dinks in a dipping cross that Manquillo, covering diligently and dutifully, heads out for a throw-in.  4:01PM 1 min Saints kick off, move it back to Yoshida and pass it from left to right and back again before Van Dijk launches a long diagonal up the right for Tadic who turns and heads back towards his own goal. Newcastle haven't had a touch but it's a parody of possession football so far.  4:00PM Time for the teams to huddle Newcastle are in blue. We'll be off in a few seconds.  3:45PM A word from some sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   3:43PM This Saints kit Is very Steve Moran but I can't help but dislike it. Stripes > bibs.  Southampton Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand; Romeu, Lemina; Tadic, Gabbiadini, Redmond, Long.  Subs Hoedt, Davis, Austin, McCarthy, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, McQueen.  Fans gather at St Mary's Credit: MATTHEW CHILDS/Action Images via Reuters Newcastle Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo; Shelvey; Ritchie, Hayden, Perez, Atsu; Joselu.  Subs Clark, Murphy, Gayle, Diame, Merino, Darlow, Jesus Gamez.  Referee Kevin has a Friend (in Jesus). 3:38PM St Mary's Has not been a happy away trip for Newcastle United recently:  their last four visits have all ended in comprehensive defeat - 2-0 in 2012-13, 4-0 the following season, 4-0 again in 2014-15 and 3-1 during the Toon's relegation season. You have to go back to September 2004 (Southampton's relegation season) for Newcastle's last victory there and it came with a forward line of Craig Bellamy, Patrick Kluivert and Alan Shearer. None of them scored, however, and they left 2-1 winners by virtue of an own goal from David Prutton and one from the right-back Stephen Carr.  3:24PM Ch-ch-ch-changes Southampton bring in Manolo Gabbiadini for Steven Davis in their quest for a second home victory of the season. Newcastle draft in Florian Lejeune for Ciaran Clark at centre-half and Isaac Hayden for Mikel Merino as alterations to the starting XI for the draw with Liverpool. 3:19PM Team news The teams are in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to face #NUFC this afternoon in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/X0rNFJlXUJ— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) October 15, 2017 TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up at @SouthamptonFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 4pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/hgz8tFwbKI— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 15, 2017   3:16PM Pre-match package What is it? It's the Premier League clash between Southampton and Newcastle. When is it? Today, so Sunday, October 15. What time is kick-off? At 4pm. What TV channel is it on? You can watch live coverage on Sky Sports Premier League or Sky Sports Main Event channel. Alternatively, bookmark this page and follow the latest with our rolling blog. Shane Long is expected to return for Southampton Credit: Reuters What are the odds? Southampton to win 20/23 Draw 13/5 Newcastle to win 15/4 What's the team news? Shane Long is expected to be fit to play for Southampton despite the forward missing Ireland's World Cup qualifying win against Wales on Monday because of a hip injury. Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey could play wearing a special cast, having broken a finger while trying to break up a training ground disagreement last week. Defenders Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara remain sidelined. Mauricio Pellegrino hopes to get one over his former manager Credit: Reuters What have they been saying? Rafa Benitez on coming up against Mauricio Pellegrino, who knows him better than most having both played for and coached with him. “It will be difficult to surprise him. “It’s a strange feeling. Especially Mauricio, because he was my player and I signed him for Liverpool too because I had a lot of confidence in him. And after he was my assistant for the same reason. “He knows everything about me because he was my player and assistant. He has an advantage, but at the same time we know him really well too. It is a special situation. If you wanted to say something or change something, he would know already.”

Jemele Hill's Future at ESPN Remains Unclear After Suspension

Jemele Hill’s two-week suspension is scheduled to end on Oct. 23. The likelihood is she will come to work that day in Bristol, CT. and continue to co-anchor the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter for the foreseeable future.

But I believe her tenure as a SportsCenter anchor is effectively over. I also think her time as an ESPN employee is down to months rather than years. Hill cannot feel that she has management’s unwavering support given the events of the last month—and ESPN management clearly has limits to the speech it will allow from front-facing talent on social media, and particularly those representing the SportsCenter brand.

Then there is the show itself, dubbed SC6. What Hill and co-host Michael Smith envisioned, what made their chemistry honest and unique on the ESPN2 show His and Hers and their podcasts together, is being slowly chopped away by the addition of segments you see on traditional SportsCenter shows. Those include interviews with reporters in the field and blocks that feature the kind of short, bite-sized takes viewers get on shows such as Around The Horn. Multiple people told me last week that there is an effort to bring in ESPN talent as guests with opinions counter to the hosts. If I had to bet, I would bet that at this time next year the 6 p.m. ET slot is either a standard version of SportsCenter or some sort of PTI-extension. I would also bet that Hill is elsewhere.

What do the parties say? I’ve reached out repeatedly to ESPN to speak with the senior management who made the decision on Hill. That includes ESPN president John Skipper and ESPN executive vice president Connor Schell. I’ve been repeatedly declined. Hill is also declining comment. The end of SC6 is simply my prediction from observing ESPN for years. I have no specific reporting that says it is done. That opinion is shared—and was first posited long before I came to it—by James Andrew Miller, the author of a best-selling oral history on ESPN Those Guys Have All The Fun. He was one of the guests this week on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast along with Brooklyn Nets analyst Sarah Kustok.

Miller said he believes there is a fundamental flaw in assigning opinion-first talent to SportsCenter.

“I don’t think it is going to make it,” Miller said. “I think it was an experiment where the [SportsCenter] brand is being challenged technologically and by a host of other challenges in the marketplace, and they were trying to figure out ways to rescue it in a different way. You know what? That is great. That is what networks and executives are supposed to do. You try things and you don’t necessarily bat 1.000%. I think in this case, I think there is enough evidence and minds along the road to say we tried and we are going to figure out something different. If there is one takeaway from this whole SC6 experiment it is to make sure that if you are going to have someone with bold opinions and lot of gumption that you put them in an environment do that.”

It was interesting to look back this week at the Jan. 30, 2017 press release when Hill and Smith were announced as the hosts of a re-imagined version of SportsCenter. This was when management was touting boldly that ESPN had made a strategic shift in thinking to rebuild the SportsCenter franchise around what one of its executives termed “personalities and conceits that work for specific audiences.”

Here is part of that release:

“With a format geared to fit Smith and Hill’s personalities, along with a specially-designed set and its own music, The Six will be different from any other SportsCenter produced since ESPN’s first telecast of its signature news and information program in 1979. Debuting on the day after the Super Bowl, the premiere episode of the weekday offering will be hailed with an hour-long simulcast on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS. Smith and Hill, who previously co-hosted ESPN2’s His & Hers and will be the first African-American duo to host SportsCenter on a regular basis, will combine some of the best elements of their previous program with SportsCenter for the new show, including a deliberate and well-paced conversational format in which they discuss sports topics, news, culture and social issues. The program will continue SportsCenter’s focus on news of the day and breaking news as warranted.

“I’m most excited for the viewers to see how much freedom we are going to have,” said Smith, who’s been with ESPN since 2004.

That was only eight months ago, but it feels like a lifetime given the news cycles since Hill’s series of tweets on President Donald Trump last month, and another series of tweets following Dallas Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones saying his players will stand for the national anthem and not disrespect the flag, and if they don't, the player or players will not play.

Of all its selective discipline for on-air talent over the years, ESPN management has made it very clear that the subject where it offers little flexibility for employees is when management believes an employee has said something that could impact the company’s bottom line. Skipper said as much in his statement to employees following Hill’s series of tweets on Trump. He never publicly supported Hill in the statement. He did, however, sound like Triple H of the WWE in one of his sentences. “We had a violation of those standards in recent days and our handling of this is a private matter,” Skipper wrote. “As always, in each circumstance we look to do what is best for our business.”

The moment I read that statement is the moment I believed Hill’s ESPN tenure was coming to an end.

As far as the viewership of the show, management knows that any replacement for SC6 will not produce a magic bullet. Douglas Pucci of Programming Insider and Awful Announcing has charted ESPN studio shows over the past couple of years. What he found was that ratings movements (ups or downs) are generally parallel to those of its PTI lead-in (which is down double digits since 2015). I’ve said this repeatedly: ESPN’s studio shows in the afternoon are only trending one way long-term and that is down. That will be the case long after whenever Hill and Smith depart too.

For the week of Sept. 26-29, 2017, Pucci’s last post on ESPN ratings, SC6 averaged 508,000 viewers including 277,000 adults 18-49. One year earlier in the same week (Sep. 27-30 & Oct. 2), the SportsCenter 6:00 p.m. show averaged 475,000 and 245,000 adults 18-49. That is a 6.9 percent increase in overall viewership.

You can also find weeks where the show is down: For example: For Sep. 12-15, 2017, SC6 averaged 448,000 viewers, down 20.2 percent from the 562,000 viewers for the corresponding week in 2016 when Hill and Smith were not hosts. The show averaged 408,000 viewers (and 215,000 adults 18-49) from Oct. 3-6, 2017. That was down from 477,000 from Oct. 4-7, 2016, per Pucci. Then there are the weeks that are flat: The 6:00 p.m. SportsCenter averaged 469,000 viewers for Oct 11-13, 2016. Last week, from Oct. 10-12, it averaged 463,000 viewers.

I've talked a lot with Hill over the years about a number of topics in sports media, from sexism to race to sports media people discussing social issues on Twitter. I find her to be one of the most honest brokers I deal with in sports media. This quote from August 2017, from her to me, always stood out:

“It’s very important to make the distinction between politics and commentary, information and discussion of social issues,” she said. “I find that the majority of what comes into my timeline is related to social issues. Nobody is dying to engage in a discussion about repeal and replace, at least not with me. The percentage of people who want to discuss social issues has, however, increased substantially. Everyone is consumed with what's happening in our country right now. I don’t tweet a lot about politics. I do tweet more about social issues, which I consider to be issues of morality. Racism isn’t politics. Racism is an issue of right and wrong. Tweeting about significant issues that impact marginalized people isn’t politics. That's right and wrong. If I had to guess, I would say I’ve increased my tweets about social issues about 20%. I’ve tried really hard not to let these issues consume my feed, because there are a lot of days where I just want to have fun on Twitter. I want to debate with Power and Insecure fans about what's happening on the show. I want to make jokes and have silly sports arguments, but unfortunately those days feel like they happen less.”

THE NOISE REPORT

(SI.com examines some of the week’s most notable sports media stories)

1. Incredible work by Andrés Cantor of Telemundo last week as he simultaneously called three World Cup qualifying games of meaning: Honduras-Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago-United States and Panama-Costa Rica. Telemundo showed a triple box in the second half and Cantor morphed between them.

“I mainly tried to focus on the three teams that—if they scored—changed the entire equation,” Cantor said in an email. “We had decided in pre-production that if two games had implications, we would show those. As it happened all three had everyone’s chances on the line until the final whistle. I mainly focused on the attacks of the teams that needed a goal and on the defensive plays of the teams that needed not to concede. It was challenging to say the least but a great way to show all the drama at once."

Cantor said a similar situation happened to him while calling the World Cup in France in 1998.

“Mexico was losing to Holland in the last group match and was being eliminated,” Cantor said. “They needed help from South Korea that was playing Belgium simultaneously so I called every South Korean attack and then every Mexico attack. When Luis Hernández scored the tying goal at the 90’ minute, we dissolved full to the Mexico game and stayed with it until the end since they were securing their qualification to the next round.”

Here’s a podcast I did with Cantor on how he approaches his work.

1a. Hyperbole is the drug of choice these days in the sports media but the U.S. Men's National Team failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup was a disaster for Fox Sports. The World Cup is a momentum tournament over its 64 broadcasts and the U.S. broadcaster needs the national team in the tournament because it establishes a huge audience early on for those games. It also attracts viewers who are not traditional soccer watchers. Here was ESPN’s viewership for the U.S. games during the 2014 World Cup:

U.S. vs. Belgium (July 1, 2014): 16.5 million

U.S. vs. Germany (June 26, 2014): 10.8 million

U.S. vs. Portugal (June 22, 2014): 18.2 million

U.S. vs. Ghana (June 17, 2014): 11.1 million

These kind of viewership numbers are now gone for the early part of the Russia tournament. The 2014 FIFA World Cup ranked as the most-viewed World Cup ever on English-language TV in the United States. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC combined to average 4,557,000 viewers for the 64 matches, up from 3,273,000 viewers in 2010. It’s simple math: Take away the U.S. team, and the tournament average goes way down.

Nothing will change with Fox Sports’ production, which is the largest in the network’s 24-year history. The network will air 350 hours of World Cup programming including half of the games airing on over-the-air FOX. There will be more matches on broadcast television than the last four World Cups combined. Daytime and late-night studio coverage will air from a set in Moscow’s Red Square. There will be three studio shows—World Cup Live (airing at 6 a.m. ET); World Cup Today (prior to matches) and World Cup Tonight (airing after matches). The network said it will air 15 original series on FOX Sports Go and has partnered with National Geographic for a multi-platform visual experience. But the dollars lost will be huge. The Group Stage represents 48 of the tournament’s 64 matches. That is a ton of advertising inventory.

Here’s the rest of my piece on what it means for Fox Sports.

1c. ESPN soccer analyst and former USMNT member Taylor Twellman delivered a memorable postmortem of the U.S. loss.

2. Episode 142 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features two guests: best-selling author James Andrew Miller, the host of the podcast, Origins, and Sarah Kustok, the lead analyst on the YES Network for the Brooklyn Nets.

In this podcast, Miller discussed ESPN’s two-week suspension of Jemele Hill; how much that suspension was related to ESPN’s relationship with the NFL; how far ESPN employees can go regarding commentary; the future of Hill and Michael Smith with the SportsCenter brand; Hill’s First Amendment right not insulating her from sanction by her private sector employer; ESPN management’s role in discipline; whether ESPN management has any recourse against White House attacks; whether ESPN will remain part of a larger culture war, and more.

Kustok discusses how she studies game film; what she is looking at during a possession; the Nets naming her as their game analyst alongside Ian Eagle and Ryan Ruocco; whether sideline reporter positions are a good opportunity for women or whether they reinforce that women are not getting other positions on a sports broadcast; her first assignment as an NBA analyst; the impact of Ann Drysdale, Doris Burke, Beth Mowins and Jessica Mendoza on her career; the similarities of working in Chicago and New York; her social media approach; what, if any, personal experiences she has when it comes to sexism; why we have not seen a woman calling play by play full-time in the NBA; her 2017-18 scouting report for the Celtics, Cavs, Thunder, Warriors and Rockets; the quality of the Warriors public relations staff, and much more.

You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.

3. Game 5 of the Yankees-Indians series averaged 7,610,000 viewers across FS1 (7,261,000), FOX Deportes (207,000) and FOX Sports GO (142,000), according to the network. The game peaked from 11:15 to 11:30 PM ET with 9,175,000 viewers on FS1. The network said it was the most-watched ALDS game on any network since 2011.

3a. Interesting college football ratings weekend: ESPN said Michigan’s win over Indiana drew a 2.9 overnight, the highest-rated game of the week across all networks. That game aired at noon ET. Rare to see a noon ET game beat the rest of the schedule.

3b. Turner Sports said Game 1 of the National League Championship Series between the Cubs and Dodgers averaged 6.4 million across all of its platform, a strong number but down from the TBS-record 7.89 million viewers who watched the Cubs-Mets on TBS for Game 1 of the 2015 NLCS.

4. Non-sports pieces of note:

• Brilliant work by Christopher Goffard of the L.A. Times. This will be the best thing you read this week.

From Andrew Marantz of The New Yorker: Birth of a White Supremacist

• From Yashar Ali and Lydia Polgreen of the Huffington Post: How Top NBC Executives Quashed The Bombshell Harvey Weinstein Story

• Via the New York Times: How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World for U.S. Secrets:

• Remarkable reporting from Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker: From aggressive overtures to sexual assault: Harvey Weinstein’s accusers end their silence

•This Washington Post/60 Minutes story will infuriate you

• From Ali Watkins: China grabbed American as spy wars flare

• They survived six hours in a pool as a wildfire burned their neighborhood to the ground

• Via CJR: What if the right-wing media wins?

• From New York Times reporter Farah Stockman: Becoming a Steelworker Liberated Her. Then Her Job Moved to Mexico

Sports pieces of note:

• From John Branch: The Girl in the No. 8 Jersey

• SI’s Lee Jenkins had two sensational profiles last week: Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler and Cavs guard Isaiah Thomas

• From Tim Bontemps and David A. Fahrenthold of The Washington Post: Pro sports teams were once reliable patrons of Trump’s hotels. Not anymore.

• From Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal: A twitter account under the name "Jones Smith" puts reporters on blast when they criticize Roger Goodell. It actually belongs to the NFL commissioner's wife, Jane Skinner

• Via SI’s Luis Miguel Echegaray, Andy Gray and Nihal Kolur: The 30 Most Influential Hispanics in Sports

New York Times writer Marc Tracy? on the activism of Howard University cheerleaders

• Tom Verducci on the Justin Verlander game

• From ESPN’s Baxter Holmes: How the Warriors built the most explosive offense in history

• ESPN Fantasy analyst Matthew Berry, on thinking he suffered a heart attack

5. Last week Bill Simmons weighed in on Jemele Hill and the box ESPN management is in with front-facing talent. Wrote Simmons:

“When ESPN suspended me for three weeks (two without pay) after a 2014 podcast rant about Roger Goodell during his full-of-s**t apex, I was advised a few weeks later by someone very, very, very, very, very high at ESPN that I should lay off Goodell. And not just because the NFL was ESPN’s most lucrative partner, but because Los Angeles was going to land two NFL franchises soon. And Iger wanted a piece of one of them. I never laid off Goodell even though the tip eventually turned out to be correct. The following May, I went on Dan Patrick’s show and was asked about Goodell and Deflategate. I made a “testicular fortitude” joke that read worse than it sounded. People wrote about it. Stories were emailed up and up and up the ladder, even as I was hosting The Grantland Basketball Hour on ESPN that same night. The next morning, we found out on Twitter that Skipper wasn’t going to renew my contract. It happened that fast. I have always believed that Iger made the final call.”

5a. ESPN and Barstool Sports officially became partners last week with the announcement that Barstool Van Talk will premiere on Oct. 17 at 1 a.m. ET on ESPN2 and air weekly on Tuesday nights at 1 a.m. ET. The interview show will be hosted by three principles behind the popular Pardon My Take podcast—Dan Katz, PMT Commenter and Hank Lockwood. As Variety noted in this piece, it is Barstool’s biggest media deal to date. The show will be produced by Embassy Row, which produces NFL Network’s Good Morning Football, NBC’s Men In Blazers and previously produced FS1’s Garbage Time With Katie Nolan. (That the Roger Goodell-loving Barstool and the league-owned morning show are now part of the same content family is quite delightful).

There is great irony here. Once upon a time ESPN’s lawyers sent Barstool a cease-and-desist letter over Pardon My Take, claiming its logo and name were too close to Pardon the Interruption and First Take shows. ESPN staffers have also long been the target of Barstool’s ire especially when it comes to the network’s coverage of the Patriots.

Of course, this deal isn’t much of a surprise if you’ve been following the landscape over the past year as Barstool and ESPN have become promotional partners for each other. If you look at the 2017 guest list on Pardon My Take, it is littered with ESPN talent as guests including multiple appearances by Rachel Nichols and Scott Van Pelt, as well as ESPNers Adam Schefter, Kate Fagan, Matthew Berry, Greg McElroy, David Ross, Mark Teixeira, Randy Moss, Nate Silver, Jay Bilas, Jay Williams, Trey Wingo, Mike Golic, Jemele Hill, Michael Smith and Paul Finebaum. ESPN management and talent know full well that the PMT podcast draws mid-six figure audiences for each podcast.

For Barstool, the deal gives them capital and increased mainstream visibility. For ESPN it’s a low-cost opportunity with three talented sports media personalities in a time slot with low viewership. It also gives ESPN the opportunity to expose their brand to 18 to 35 year-olds that might not be inclined to watch them outside of live games. When Barstool content appeared on Comedy Central during Super Bowl Week at midnight ET, viewership for those episodes ranged between 217,000 viewers and 310,000 viewers. I think ESPN would be thrilled if the show came close to 200,000 viewers.

5b. Here’s The Big Lead’s Ryan Glasspiegel, the Boston Globe’s Stephanie Ebbert and labor lawyer Phillip Miles on sports broadcaster Elika Sadeghi refusing to sign an employment contract issued by Barstool.

5c. Given the quality of talent among play-by-play voices, I thought it would be a fun parlor game to list the 25 best working play-by-play broadcasters in the business. The list was entirely subjective. It is entirely based on my likes when it comes to professionalism, preparation and quality of broadcast. I also set some parameters on it including omitting those fantastic play by play voices who are local as opposed to national. I expected (and was told) on social media that the list sucks. Reflecting a couple of days later, there are two additions I wish I made: First, Andrés Cantor of Telemundo should have absolutely been in my Top 25 given how much I love his work. Just a total whiff on my part.

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Second, Thom Brennaman should have been listed in the intro as someone who would be on other Top 25 lists. Here’s the full list.

5d. Some honors for former Sports Illustrated senior writer Dan Jenkins

5e. Inside Edition correspondent Lisa Guerrero, a former Fox Sports and ABC Sports commentator, told Newsweek on Thursday that when she was an on-air reporter at Fox Sports in the early 2000s, she was twice propositioned by Fox executives and twice rejected them. “I was supposed to provide on-site coverage for the 2002 Super Bowl in New Orleans that aired on Fox,” Guerrero told Newsweek’s John Walters. “Before we departed, an executive—he was married—suggested that we share a hotel room.” Guerrero said when she rejected advances, “they took me off our [2002] Super Bowl coverage.”

Argentine club line up with 10 Messis in tribute to World Cup qualifying hero Leo

Argentine club line up with 10 Messis in tribute to World Cup qualifying hero Leo

Only Sacachispas' goalkeeper showed his face in a team photo that served to thank Leo for getting the Albiceleste into the Russia finals

Argentine club line up with 10 Messis in tribute to World Cup qualifying hero Leo

Argentine club line up with 10 Messis in tribute to World Cup qualifying hero Leo

Argentine club line up with 10 Messis in tribute to World Cup qualifying hero Leo

Only Sacachispas' goalkeeper showed his face in a team photo that served to thank Leo for getting the Albiceleste into the Russia finals

Argentine club line up with 10 Messis in tribute to World Cup qualifying hero Leo

Southampton 2 Newcastle 2: Manolo Gabbiadini pulls Saints back from the brink

It was Rafael Benítez who gave Mauricio Pellegrino his first big  opportunity in coaching and it would be the apprentice rather than the  old master who had the last word here.  Benítez’s Newcastle United had twice got themselves into a  match-winning position that would have lifted them up into the Premier  League’s top eight but were twice frustrated following two goals from  Manolo Gabbiadini. With Southampton so struggling to score of late –  and further unconvincing performances by goalkeeper Fraser Forster and  centre-back Virgil van Dijk – it left Newcastle ultimately most  disappointed with a point. That very fact, though, was illustrative  both of their ongoing improvement under manager Rafael Benítez and how  Southampton are still waiting for any tangible uplift following the  decision to replace Claude Puel with Pellegrino. The only visible  on-field indication of the training ground fight that had occurred at  Newcastle between Jamaal Lascelles and Mo Diamé was the strapping on  Jonjo Shelvey’s hand to protect the finger he had broken while  attempting to separate them.  Shelvey has also entered the England debate of late – perhaps as much  because of the wider midfield dearth as his own solid performances –  but his outswinging corner did put the Southampton defence under  immediate pressure, with Christian Atsu shooting into the  side-netting. Although Southampton were largely dominant in  possession, Newcastle carried the greater initial goal threat with  their more urgent counter-attacks and soon took a deserved lead. Van  Dijk had missed a simple chance to clear and Southampton were quickly  punished, with Joselu’s effort initially blocked by Maya Yoshida but  the ball then bouncing in front of Isaac Hayden. He unleashed a  powerful low shot towards the middle of the goal but Forster had still  not recovered his footing and lost his balance. Hayden scores Newcastle's first with a crisp shot Credit:  John Walton/PA  With Lascelles vocally  organising his team-mates, the match soon settled into a pattern of  Southampton’s possession being negated by Newcastle’s defensive organisation. Dusan Tadic had both a shot and a header go narrowly  wide – the latter after an excellent Nathan Redmond cross - while Van  Dijk himself did beat goalkeeper Rob Elliot only for his glancing  header to drift over. Southampton had clearly been instructed to move  the ball with rather more urgency in the second half but were almost  2-0 behind within seconds of the restart following more pedestrian Van Dijk defending. He had again failed to clear, allowing Ayoze Perez and  Joselu to combine before Southampton were rescued only by the  crossbar.  Southampton had failed to score in eight out of the last  nine league games at St May’s – a statistic that had largely  underlined the poor form of Gabbiadini – but he did then deliver in  quite spectacular fashion. Gabbiadini had chased a long down-field  clearance to the edge of the by-line and looked certain simply to pick  out the best option among those team-mates who had surged forward in  support. He did turn but rather than pass to the onrushing Cedric  Soares he simply dribbled the ball back towards a better angle before  again swivelling and brilliantly directed a low left-footed shot back  inside Elliot’s near-post. Gabbiadini slots Southampton's first equaliser Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh  Parity, however, was to last less than 90  seconds. Southampton again seemed to lose their collective  concentration, allowing Perez to sprint into the space between Yoshida and Van Dijk and immediately shoot. Fraser once again should have done  much better but could only parry the ball straight back into the path  of Perez, who immediately drilled his shot inside Southampton’s  near-post. Southampton 1 - 2 Newcastle (Ayoze Pérez, 51 min) Pellegrino reacted by bringing on both Steven Davis and  Sofian Boufal but the second Southampton equaliser was largely  self-inflicted by Newcastle. Shane Long was chasing a long bouncing  ball forward but travelling away from goal when Florian Lejeune upended  him with an unnecessary and clumsy lunge. Referee Kevin Friend rightly  pointed to the penalty spot and Gabbiadini, whose confidence seemed  suddenly to have returned following his first goal, finished  emphatically.  5:56PM Full time If Lejeune had not made that needless foul in the box, Newcastle would be heading home with all the points. Saints looked cooked at that point and though he almost made amends with that late bullet header, Davis saved the day. Kevin Friend's leniency with DeAndre Yedlin, who should have been sent off, cost Southampton the chance to exploit numerical supremacy.  5:54PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:54PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 5:53PM 90+6 min Newcastle corner when Murphy's shot is arrowed towards the left post. Van Dijk sticks out a leg to knock it behind. Van Dijk heads Ritchie's corner out of the box and the ref blows for time.  5:52PM 90+5 min Boufal hits a long ball from the left-back position that Newcastle mop up and move back up the right. Yedlin hits an outswinging cross into the box. Southampton clear.  5:51PM 90+4 min Van Dijk saves Yoshida from a terrible error when he lets the ball run. He sprints in to stop Gayle having a clear run on goal from 25 yards.  5:50PM 90+2 min Both should have gone off after treatment and then come back on but Friend allows them to stay on for the re-start which provokes much gesticulation from Pellegrino and jeers from the crowd: 'You don't know what you're doing' etc.  5:48PM 90+1 min They sweep the ball forward quickly but the attack ends when Ritchie and Hayden take each other out with a clash of heads. On rush the medical staff who eventually give them the all-clear.  5:47PM 89 min Newcastle break from the goalkick and win a corner. Lejeune evades Austin with a clever run to meet it and powers a header towards the bottom left corner. Davis, having been stationed there, keeps his cool to clear off the line and Saints break.  5:45PM 87 min Lejeune slides in to block Cedric's cross out for a corner and prevents Gabbiadini having a sniff of a hat-trick at the near post. The corner is caught comfortably by Elliott who then takes a knee ... but not in that way.  5:44PM 86 min Both sides still going for it. Bertrand and Boufal combine to free the left-back up the left. His cross is too close to Elliott who dives out to slap it away. Shelvey pouncs on the breaking ball as if time has stood still and passes it to Yedlin but his clearance is hounded down by Lemina and Boufal. The rapid counter breaks down with a foul.  5:42PM 85 min Hayden slips and goes in hard on Van Dijk but gets away with a second booking because it was evidently an accident on his part.  5:41PM 83 min Long goes off for Southampton and Austin, to loud cheers, comes on. Atsu is replaced by Jacob Murphy for Newcastle.  5:40PM 82 min Newcastle free-kick on the right by the junction of the 18-yard line and the vertical line of the penalty box. Ritchie scoops it beyond the far post, looking for the curler.  5:36PM 80 min A couple of bookings, for Gabbiadini kicking the ball away, and Hayden for going over the ball and planting his studs (while sliding) on to the top of Lemina's foot.  5:35PM 78 min Newcastle have a chance at the other end, just like after Saints' first equaliser, but Lejeune, on the end of the pumped cross, attempts to redeem himself instead of nodding it to the unmarked Gayle who gives him a mouthful. Forster's easy catch inspires sarcastic cheers.  5:33PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:33PM 76 min Gabbiadini trots up and absolutely larrups his left-foot shot into the top right corner, directing it so perfectly that he made the inside of the side-netting billow.  5:33PM GOAL! Southampton level it up with a goal from Manolo Gabbiadini: it's 2-2. Southampton 2 - 2 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 75 min) 5:32PM Gabbiadini converts it It's 2-2.  5:32PM Saints have a penalty Long was going away from goal, Lejeune stuck out a leg to give him a hurdle and he fell over it, as was his duty.  5:31PM 74 min Gayle has a sprint down the right into space but only Atsu is up with him and his cross doesn't find him.  5:30PM 72 min Decent near-post cross from Cedric after he robbed Atsu but no one had made the run there. I don't known if he deserves criticism for not looking up or Long and Gabbiadini for not splitting and one of them going there but I err towards the latter.  5:28PM 70 min Boufal concedes a cheap free-kick by dragging down Ritchie on the right, 10 yards up from the corner flag. He bends it into the box with his left-foot where it is glanced on to the back of it and Lejeune, glorying in the space and opportunity, overzealously whacks a rotten shot into orbit.  5:25PM 69 min Newcastle sub: Gayle on for Joselu.  5:25PM 68 min Gabbiadini cushions a pass back to goal 18 yards out towards Long after controlling a 50-yard pass but Merino steps in to nick it away.  5:24PM 67 min Saints substitution: Romeu off, Davis on.  5:23PM 66 min Bertrand and Boufal make progress up the left, square it to Lemina. The crowd screams 'Shoot!' so he does, straight into a thicket of blue-socked legs at the edge of the box. 5:22PM 64 min The corner from the left is swung in by Ritchie and Tadic, surprised to head it after it just beat Van Dijk's leap, miscues it across goal. Joselu attempts to pounce but Saints bundle it away.  5:20PM 62 min The crowd attempts to rouse Southampton with an anthem. It doesn't work instantly as Newcastle break and Ritchie shoots from 25 yards. His shot is blocked and goes out for a corner, giving Benitez an opportunity to withdraw Ayoze Perez and send on Mikel Merino.  5:18PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:18PM 60 min Friend penalises Gabbiadini for grabbing Lejeune's shirt in the box and hurling himself on to the deck.  5:17PM 59 min Cedric seizes the initiative to have a shot from 20 yards but it's scuffed straight at Elliott.  5:16PM 58 min Forster appears shot, flapping at a dipping left-wing cross from Atsu that thankfully for him sails beyond the goal. Boufal has a couple of direct dribbles in a minute but can't find a away past Yedlin yet. 5:14PM 56 min Rafa Benitez is a fine manager but I still feel he deserves damnation for the reintroduction of the managerial waistcoat. Saints make a sub: Boufal on for Redmond.  5:13PM 54 min Yedlin, who has been booked, gets away with a sliding lunge that pole-axes Redmond. He was nowhere near the ball and should have been dispatched. Instead Kevin Friend let him walk.  5:12PM 53 min Having worked so hard to get back into it and score a rare home goal, Saints have thrown it away.  5:11PM 50 min Forster fails to hang on to a low shot from Peres at the near post and parries it straight back to him. They say no second invitation necessary but it was a second invitation and Ayoze Perez smacked it past the floundering, foundering Fraser Forster.  Ayoze Perez puts Newcastle back into the lead Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   5:08PM 48 min Gabbiadini traps a long diagonal quite heavily and it takes him towards the byline. Manquillo tries to hold him up but he turns, skedaddles back towards his own goal. Cedric's run distracts a defender or two and allows Gabbiadini to stroke in a low shot into the bottom corner.  5:08PM GOAL! 1-2! Newcastle are back in the lead with a goal from Ayoze Pérez. Southampton 1 - 2 Newcastle (Ayoze Pérez, 51 min) 5:07PM GOAL! An equaliser from Manolo Gabbiadini for Southampton makes it 1-1. Southampton 1 - 1 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 49 min) Credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images   5:07PM The shot count is similar Southampton have attempted nine shots so far, compared to six for Newcastle. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 5:06PM Gabbiadini equalises And it's a solo slalom effort.  5:06PM 47 min They switch it to the right where Ritchie passes to Perez who diddles the dawdling Van Dijk and skelps in a low cross. Joselu sticks out a leg to flick it towards the far post and it loops up. Forster moves across slowly in a bit of a panic but can't get there a sit hits the post and rebounds out. Shelvey sprints forward to retrieve and goes for shot-cross that scares the pants off Forster. Backpedalling, he swipes it behind for a corner in fear of it dropping in.  5:03PM 46 min Newcastle kick off, make ground up the left and earn a throw-in.  4:50PM Half time Southampton have created two outstanding chances and four or five meh ones. Lemina is a hell of a player and really should be playing higher to test Shelvey instead of sweeping up. But the pace has been too pedestrian at times and Newcastle, who are well organised at the back and playing to a well-understood plan on the counter, have looked pretty comfortable with everything bar the left-wing crosses.  Isaac Hayden celebrates scoring Newcastle's opening goal with DeAndre Yedlin Credit: AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK   4:47PM 45+1 min Redmond yanks Lascelles' shirt to concede a free-kick on halfway that Shelvey lifts into the box but as it is in midair, the People's Friend blows his Acme Thunderer.  4:47PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:47PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 4:45PM 45 min The board goes up for an extra minute of possession fun and high jinks from Southampton.  4:43PM 42 min One pass too many from Redmond instead of shooting creates a harder opportunity for Long with a defender breathing down his neck. His shot deflects off Lejeune and balloons towards Elliott who gets there before the lunging Gabbiadini. Redmond should have had a dig himself from 18 yards.  4:41PM 41 min Much better cross from Bertrand from the breakdown as he whips one in from the left and Tadic meets it 10 yards out at the near post. Brave block from Lascelles diverts it out for a corner, from which Southampton plod back into their own half in pursuit of hollow possession dominance.  4:39PM 39 min Lascelles yanks Long over with an arm around his shoulders as they went up for a header 30 yards from the Toon goal. Bertrand floats in a timid cross with no menace at all and Newcastle easily clear.  4:38PM 37 min Yoshida and Perez go up for a header, Perez arriving very late and bundling the centre-half over. Free-kick in the centre-circle.  4:36PM 36 min Saints play another pretty triangular routine down the right with Gabbiadini, Cedric and Tadic. But one mistake on the high wire act of close intricate passing in a constrained space invites failure and so it proves with a minimally overhit pass.  4:34PM 34 min Redmond has a heavy first touch today. New boots? Nike Concretos?  4:33PM 32 min Long comes out to the right to make a triangle with Cedric and Lemina who sweeps the ball across the field where Lejeune steps out of the line to disrupt the attack and send Saints on the retreat.  Mario Lemina is Saints' shining light Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   4:31PM 30 min Lemina again snaps into a tackle in the centre of the field to thwart a Newcastle counter, brushing Perez off the ball and darting forward until he was fouled.  4:30PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:30PM Southampton can't make their domination of the ball count Southampton vs Newcastle 4:29PM 28 min Redmond hasn't mastered the training ground free-kick and is drowned in boos when he passes it straight to Atsu but a tigerish tackle from Lemina saves the day. He moves the ball out to the left where Yoshida takes it on and bends in a superb cross with his left-foot that parts Gabbiadini's hair with the backdraft but was just an inch too high to ram home.  4:27PM 27 min Van Dijk and Southampton are back to their sterile crossfield passing for a phase until they move it forward and earn a free-kick for Manquillo's foul 35 yards out.  4:26PM 24 min Perez is penalised for a trip on Yoshida, for standing on his heel. The linesman didn't flag as Perez exploited his advantage by sprinting clear through on goal but Friend intervened.  Hayden rams in his shot Credit: John Walton/PA   4:24PM 22 min Southampton attack quickly from the kick-off and Gabbiadini gets into a tangle with Lejeune who, with both of them on the floor, manages to hook the ball out for a corner. Elliott flaps at the centre misses it completely and Van Dijk steers a header wide of the gaping net. Should have been the equaliser. Saints have missed two golden headed chances.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Virgil van Dijk, 22 min)   4:22PM 21 min The loopy cross came in from the left, Atsu met it on the volley and walloped it into the defender at point blank range. Forster went down to save the shot that didn't get through to him and couldn't get up quick enough when Hayden thundered in the rebound from the D.   4:20PM GOAL! Isaac Hayden scores for Newcastle to make it 0-1! Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Isaac Hayden, 20 min) 4:20PM Newcastle take the lead Hayden rams in a shot from 18 yards. Forster was wrong-footed.  4:19PM 19 min Forster, who I've long thought pedestrian with his footwork, has no sense of urgency when receiving a back pass. He doesn't see Perez hounding into the space between them and shanks his clearance into him and it bounces harmlessly.  4:18PM 17 min Tadic misses a golden chance at the back post. Van Dijk made the chance with a Hansen-esque gallop upfield and a pass out to Bertrand on the left. He threads a pass on to Redmond who stands up the ball to the back stick. Tadic tries to head it back across goal and over Elliott but bludgeons it over the bar.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 0 Newcastle (Dusan Tadic, 16 min)   4:15PM Neither Southampton or Newcastle are testing the goalkeepers so far Tense opening quarter of an hour at St. Mary's Stadium, as Southampton and Newcastle struggle to get shots on goal Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:15PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:15PM 15 min Sharp turn from Tadic when found by Cedric's pass. He spins Hayden and spanks a left-foot riser over the bar from 25 yards.  4:14PM Southampton have their first strike at goal Southampton respond to the earlier Newcastle effort with their first shot of the game. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:14PM 13 min Redmond has  a saunter up the left but when he cuts it back for Romeu he overhits it and Newcastle break through Hayden who passes to Atsu. The left-sider hares up the middle but fluffs his simple pass to Joselu.  4:11PM 11 min Romeu bodyslams Shelvey to concede a free-kick, running into him late after Shelvey had played a pass. The referee doesn't book him. Everyone's allowed one free hit on Shelvey it seems  ... and not without reason.  4:10PM 10 min Shelvey takes to the back post where Atsu meets it after a diversion and crashes a left-foot shot into the side-netting from 10 yards and a tight if not right angle.  4:09PM 8 min Newcastle play it back to Elliot who chips it up to halfway where Manquillo cushions it on his chest and switches over to the right. Yedlin nods it on to Ritchie who hooks a bouncing ball over Bertrand for Perez who advances towards the box but wastes a cross. He hits it too close to Van Dijk and Southampton hustle it out for a corner. 4:07PM 7 min Lemina keeps dropping between the centre-backs, who split, and the fullbacks bomb on when Southampton build from the back. He looked more influential playing higher up at Selhurst Park.  4:06PM 5 min First Newcastle attack with Manquillo and Atsu combining up the left but the left-back's lack of an adequate left foot means his control as he skirted the whitewash lets him down and the ball dribbles out for a Saints throw.  4:05PM 4 min Southampton continue to hog the ball, stroking it around, not being pressed in the first 60 yards. Yoshida mixes it up with another raking diagonal for Bertrand that Yedlin and Ritchie deal with competently.  4:03PM 2 min That's better, a long ball from Yoshida from right to left, headed on by Long to Redmond who dinks in a dipping cross that Manquillo, covering diligently and dutifully, heads out for a throw-in.  4:01PM 1 min Saints kick off, move it back to Yoshida and pass it from left to right and back again before Van Dijk launches a long diagonal up the right for Tadic who turns and heads back towards his own goal. Newcastle haven't had a touch but it's a parody of possession football so far.  4:00PM Time for the teams to huddle Newcastle are in blue. We'll be off in a few seconds.  3:45PM A word from some sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   3:43PM This Saints kit Is very Steve Moran but I can't help but dislike it. Stripes > bibs.  Southampton Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand; Romeu, Lemina; Tadic, Gabbiadini, Redmond, Long.  Subs Hoedt, Davis, Austin, McCarthy, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, McQueen.  Fans gather at St Mary's Credit: MATTHEW CHILDS/Action Images via Reuters Newcastle Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo; Shelvey; Ritchie, Hayden, Perez, Atsu; Joselu.  Subs Clark, Murphy, Gayle, Diame, Merino, Darlow, Jesus Gamez.  Referee Kevin has a Friend (in Jesus). 3:38PM St Mary's Has not been a happy away trip for Newcastle United recently:  their last four visits have all ended in comprehensive defeat - 2-0 in 2012-13, 4-0 the following season, 4-0 again in 2014-15 and 3-1 during the Toon's relegation season. You have to go back to September 2004 (Southampton's relegation season) for Newcastle's last victory there and it came with a forward line of Craig Bellamy, Patrick Kluivert and Alan Shearer. None of them scored, however, and they left 2-1 winners by virtue of an own goal from David Prutton and one from the right-back Stephen Carr.  3:24PM Ch-ch-ch-changes Southampton bring in Manolo Gabbiadini for Steven Davis in their quest for a second home victory of the season. Newcastle draft in Florian Lejeune for Ciaran Clark at centre-half and Isaac Hayden for Mikel Merino as alterations to the starting XI for the draw with Liverpool. 3:19PM Team news The teams are in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to face #NUFC this afternoon in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/X0rNFJlXUJ— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) October 15, 2017 TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up at @SouthamptonFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 4pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/hgz8tFwbKI— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 15, 2017   3:16PM Pre-match package What is it? It's the Premier League clash between Southampton and Newcastle. When is it? Today, so Sunday, October 15. What time is kick-off? At 4pm. What TV channel is it on? You can watch live coverage on Sky Sports Premier League or Sky Sports Main Event channel. Alternatively, bookmark this page and follow the latest with our rolling blog. Shane Long is expected to return for Southampton Credit: Reuters What are the odds? Southampton to win 20/23 Draw 13/5 Newcastle to win 15/4 What's the team news? Shane Long is expected to be fit to play for Southampton despite the forward missing Ireland's World Cup qualifying win against Wales on Monday because of a hip injury. Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey could play wearing a special cast, having broken a finger while trying to break up a training ground disagreement last week. Defenders Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara remain sidelined. Mauricio Pellegrino hopes to get one over his former manager Credit: Reuters What have they been saying? Rafa Benitez on coming up against Mauricio Pellegrino, who knows him better than most having both played for and coached with him. “It will be difficult to surprise him. “It’s a strange feeling. Especially Mauricio, because he was my player and I signed him for Liverpool too because I had a lot of confidence in him. And after he was my assistant for the same reason. “He knows everything about me because he was my player and assistant. He has an advantage, but at the same time we know him really well too. It is a special situation. If you wanted to say something or change something, he would know already.”

Southampton vs Newcastle, Premier League: live score updates

    5:56PM Full time If Lejeune had not made that needless foul in the box, Newcastle would be heading home with all the points. Saints looked cooked at that point and though he almost made amends with that late bullet header, Davis saved the day. Kevin Friend's leniency with DeAndre Yedlin, who should have been sent off, cost Southampton the chance to exploit numerical supremacy.  5:54PM Time on ball (at full time) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:54PM Average touch positions (full time) Average touch positions (full time) 5:53PM 90+6 min Newcastle corner when Murphy's shot is arrowed towards the left post. Van Dijk sticks out a leg to knock it behind. Van Dijk heads Ritchie's corner out of the box and the ref blows for time.  5:52PM 90+5 min Boufal hits a long ball from the left-back position that Newcastle mop up and move back up the right. Yedlin hits an outswinging cross into the box. Southampton clear.  5:51PM 90+4 min Van Dijk saves Yoshida from a terrible error when he lets the ball run. He sprints in to stop Gayle having a clear run on goal from 25 yards.  5:50PM 90+2 min Both should have gone off after treatment and then come back on but Friend allows them to stay on for the re-start which provokes much gesticulation from Pellegrino and jeers from the crowd: 'You don't know what you're doing' etc.  5:48PM 90+1 min They sweep the ball forward quickly but the attack ends when Ritchie and Hayden take each other out with a clash of heads. On rush the medical staff who eventually give them the all-clear.  5:47PM 89 min Newcastle break from the goalkick and win a corner. Lejeune evades Austin with a clever run to meet it and powers a header towards the bottom left corner. Davis, having been stationed there, keeps his cool to clear off the line and Saints break.  5:45PM 87 min Lejeune slides in to block Cedric's cross out for a corner and prevents Gabbiadini having a sniff of a hat-trick at the near post. The corner is caught comfortably by Elliott who then takes a knee ... but not in that way.  5:44PM 86 min Both sides still going for it. Bertrand and Boufal combine to free the left-back up the left. His cross is too close to Elliott who dives out to slap it away. Shelvey pouncs on the breaking ball as if time has stood still and passes it to Yedlin but his clearance is hounded down by Lemina and Boufal. The rapid counter breaks down with a foul.  5:42PM 85 min Hayden slips and goes in hard on Van Dijk but gets away with a second booking because it was evidently an accident on his part.  5:41PM 83 min Long goes off for Southampton and Austin, to loud cheers, comes on. Atsu is replaced by Jacob Murphy for Newcastle.  5:40PM 82 min Newcastle free-kick on the right by the junction of the 18-yard line and the vertical line of the penalty box. Ritchie scoops it beyond the far post, looking for the curler.  5:36PM 80 min A couple of bookings, for Gabbiadini kicking the ball away, and Hayden for going over the ball and planting his studs (while sliding) on to the top of Lemina's foot.  5:35PM 78 min Newcastle have a chance at the other end, just like after Saints' first equaliser, but Lejeune, on the end of the pumped cross, attempts to redeem himself instead of nodding it to the unmarked Gayle who gives him a mouthful. Forster's easy catch inspires sarcastic cheers.  5:33PM Time on ball (60 - 75 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:33PM 76 min Gabbiadini trots up and absolutely larrups his left-foot shot into the top right corner, directing it so perfectly that he made the inside of the side-netting billow.  5:33PM GOAL! Southampton level it up with a goal from Manolo Gabbiadini: it's 2-2. Southampton 2 - 2 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 75 min) 5:32PM Gabbiadini converts it It's 2-2.  5:32PM Saints have a penalty Long was going away from goal, Lejeune stuck out a leg to give him a hurdle and he fell over it, as was his duty.  5:31PM 74 min Gayle has a sprint down the right into space but only Atsu is up with him and his cross doesn't find him.  5:30PM 72 min Decent near-post cross from Cedric after he robbed Atsu but no one had made the run there. I don't known if he deserves criticism for not looking up or Long and Gabbiadini for not splitting and one of them going there but I err towards the latter.  5:28PM 70 min Boufal concedes a cheap free-kick by dragging down Ritchie on the right, 10 yards up from the corner flag. He bends it into the box with his left-foot where it is glanced on to the back of it and Lejeune, glorying in the space and opportunity, overzealously whacks a rotten shot into orbit.  5:25PM 69 min Newcastle sub: Gayle on for Joselu.  5:25PM 68 min Gabbiadini cushions a pass back to goal 18 yards out towards Long after controlling a 50-yard pass but Merino steps in to nick it away.  5:24PM 67 min Saints substitution: Romeu off, Davis on.  5:23PM 66 min Bertrand and Boufal make progress up the left, square it to Lemina. The crowd screams 'Shoot!' so he does, straight into a thicket of blue-socked legs at the edge of the box. 5:22PM 64 min The corner from the left is swung in by Ritchie and Tadic, surprised to head it after it just beat Van Dijk's leap, miscues it across goal. Joselu attempts to pounce but Saints bundle it away.  5:20PM 62 min The crowd attempts to rouse Southampton with an anthem. It doesn't work instantly as Newcastle break and Ritchie shoots from 25 yards. His shot is blocked and goes out for a corner, giving Benitez an opportunity to withdraw Ayoze Perez and send on Mikel Merino.  5:18PM Time on ball (45 - 60 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 5:18PM 60 min Friend penalises Gabbiadini for grabbing Lejeune's shirt in the box and hurling himself on to the deck.  5:17PM 59 min Cedric seizes the initiative to have a shot from 20 yards but it's scuffed straight at Elliott.  5:16PM 58 min Forster appears shot, flapping at a dipping left-wing cross from Atsu that thankfully for him sails beyond the goal. Boufal has a couple of direct dribbles in a minute but can't find a away past Yedlin yet. 5:14PM 56 min Rafa Benitez is a fine manager but I still feel he deserves damnation for the reintroduction of the managerial waistcoat. Saints make a sub: Boufal on for Redmond.  5:13PM 54 min Yedlin, who has been booked, gets away with a sliding lunge that pole-axes Redmond. He was nowhere near the ball and should have been dispatched. Instead Kevin Friend let him walk.  5:12PM 53 min Having worked so hard to get back into it and score a rare home goal, Saints have thrown it away.  5:11PM 50 min Forster fails to hang on to a low shot from Peres at the near post and parries it straight back to him. They say no second invitation necessary but it was a second invitation and Ayoze Perez smacked it past the floundering, foundering Fraser Forster.  5:08PM 48 min Gabbiadini traps a long diagonal quite heavily and it takes him towards the byline. Manquillo tries to hold him up but he turns, skedaddles back towards his own goal. Cedric's run distracts a defender or two and allows Gabbiadini to stroke in a low shot into the bottom corner.  5:08PM GOAL! 1-2! Newcastle are back in the lead with a goal from Ayoze Pérez. Southampton 1 - 2 Newcastle (Ayoze Pérez, 51 min) 5:07PM GOAL! An equaliser from Manolo Gabbiadini for Southampton makes it 1-1. Southampton 1 - 1 Newcastle (Manolo Gabbiadini, 49 min) 5:07PM The shot count is similar Southampton have attempted nine shots so far, compared to six for Newcastle. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 5:06PM Gabbiadini equalises And it's a solo slalom effort.  5:06PM 47 min They switch it to the right where Ritchie passes to Perez who diddles the dawdling Van Dijk and skelps in a low cross. Joselu sticks out a leg to flick it towards the far post and it loops up. Forster moves across slowly in a bit of a panic but can't get there a sit hits the post and rebounds out. Shelvey sprints forward to retrieve and goes for shot-cross that scares the pants off Forster. Backpedalling, he swipes it behind for a corner in fear of it dropping in.  5:03PM 46 min Newcastle kick off, make ground up the left and earn a throw-in.  4:50PM Half time Southampton have created two outstanding chances and four or five meh ones. Lemina is a hell of a player and really should be playing higher to test Shelvey instead of sweeping up. But the pace has been too pedestrian at times and Newcastle, who are well organised at the back and playing to a well-understood plan on the counter, have looked pretty comfortable with everything bar the left-wing crosses.  Isaac Hayden celebrates scoring Newcastle's opening goal with DeAndre Yedlin Credit: AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK   4:47PM 45+1 min Redmond yanks Lascelles' shirt to concede a free-kick on halfway that Shelvey lifts into the box but as it is in midair, the People's Friend blows his Acme Thunderer.  4:47PM Time on ball (first half) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:47PM Average touch positions (half time) Average touch positions (half time) 4:45PM 45 min The board goes up for an extra minute of possession fun and high jinks from Southampton.  4:43PM 42 min One pass too many from Redmond instead of shooting creates a harder opportunity for Long with a defender breathing down his neck. His shot deflects off Lejeune and balloons towards Elliott who gets there before the lunging Gabbiadini. Redmond should have had a dig himself from 18 yards.  4:41PM 41 min Much better cross from Bertrand from the breakdown as he whips one in from the left and Tadic meets it 10 yards out at the near post. Brave block from Lascelles diverts it out for a corner, from which Southampton plod back into their own half in pursuit of hollow possession dominance.  4:39PM 39 min Lascelles yanks Long over with an arm around his shoulders as they went up for a header 30 yards from the Toon goal. Bertrand floats in a timid cross with no menace at all and Newcastle easily clear.  4:38PM 37 min Yoshida and Perez go up for a header, Perez arriving very late and bundling the centre-half over. Free-kick in the centre-circle.  4:36PM 36 min Saints play another pretty triangular routine down the right with Gabbiadini, Cedric and Tadic. But one mistake on the high wire act of close intricate passing in a constrained space invites failure and so it proves with a minimally overhit pass.  4:34PM 34 min Redmond has a heavy first touch today. New boots? Nike Concretos?  4:33PM 32 min Long comes out to the right to make a triangle with Cedric and Lemina who sweeps the ball across the field where Lejeune steps out of the line to disrupt the attack and send Saints on the retreat.  Mario Lemina is Saints' shining light Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images   4:31PM 30 min Lemina again snaps into a tackle in the centre of the field to thwart a Newcastle counter, brushing Perez off the ball and darting forward until he was fouled.  4:30PM Time on ball (15 - 30 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:30PM Southampton can't make their domination of the ball count Southampton vs Newcastle 4:29PM 28 min Redmond hasn't mastered the training ground free-kick and is drowned in boos when he passes it straight to Atsu but a tigerish tackle from Lemina saves the day. He moves the ball out to the left where Yoshida takes it on and bends in a superb cross with his left-foot that parts Gabbiadini's hair with the backdraft but was just an inch too high to ram home.  4:27PM 27 min Van Dijk and Southampton are back to their sterile crossfield passing for a phase until they move it forward and earn a free-kick for Manquillo's foul 35 yards out.  4:26PM 24 min Perez is penalised for a trip on Yoshida, for standing on his heel. The linesman didn't flag as Perez exploited his advantage by sprinting clear through on goal but Friend intervened.  Hayden rams in his shot Credit: John Walton/PA   4:24PM 22 min Southampton attack quickly from the kick-off and Gabbiadini gets into a tangle with Lejeune who, with both of them on the floor, manages to hook the ball out for a corner. Elliott flaps at the centre misses it completely and Van Dijk steers a header wide of the gaping net. Should have been the equaliser. Saints have missed two golden headed chances.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Virgil van Dijk, 22 min)   4:22PM 21 min The loopy cross came in from the left, Atsu met it on the volley and walloped it into the defender at point blank range. Forster went down to save the shot that didn't get through to him and couldn't get up quick enough when Hayden thundered in the rebound from the D.   4:20PM GOAL! Isaac Hayden scores for Newcastle to make it 0-1! Southampton 0 - 1 Newcastle (Isaac Hayden, 20 min) 4:20PM Newcastle take the lead Hayden rams in a shot from 18 yards. Forster was wrong-footed.  4:19PM 19 min Forster, who I've long thought pedestrian with his footwork, has no sense of urgency when receiving a back pass. He doesn't see Perez hounding into the space between them and shanks his clearance into him and it bounces harmlessly.  4:18PM 17 min Tadic misses a golden chance at the back post. Van Dijk made the chance with a Hansen-esque gallop upfield and a pass out to Bertrand on the left. He threads a pass on to Redmond who stands up the ball to the back stick. Tadic tries to head it back across goal and over Elliott but bludgeons it over the bar.  Miss: Southampton 0 - 0 Newcastle (Dusan Tadic, 16 min)   4:15PM Neither Southampton or Newcastle are testing the goalkeepers so far Tense opening quarter of an hour at St. Mary's Stadium, as Southampton and Newcastle struggle to get shots on goal Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:15PM Time on ball (0 - 15 min) Possession: Southampton vs Newcastle 4:15PM 15 min Sharp turn from Tadic when found by Cedric's pass. He spins Hayden and spanks a left-foot riser over the bar from 25 yards.  4:14PM Southampton have their first strike at goal Southampton respond to the earlier Newcastle effort with their first shot of the game. Southampton vs Newcastle shots on goal 4:14PM 13 min Redmond has  a saunter up the left but when he cuts it back for Romeu he overhits it and Newcastle break through Hayden who passes to Atsu. The left-sider hares up the middle but fluffs his simple pass to Joselu.  4:11PM 11 min Romeu bodyslams Shelvey to concede a free-kick, running into him late after Shelvey had played a pass. The referee doesn't book him. Everyone's allowed one free hit on Shelvey it seems  ... and not without reason.  4:10PM 10 min Shelvey takes to the back post where Atsu meets it after a diversion and crashes a left-foot shot into the side-netting from 10 yards and a tight if not right angle.  4:09PM 8 min Newcastle play it back to Elliot who chips it up to halfway where Manquillo cushions it on his chest and switches over to the right. Yedlin nods it on to Ritchie who hooks a bouncing ball over Bertrand for Perez who advances towards the box but wastes a cross. He hits it too close to Van Dijk and Southampton hustle it out for a corner. 4:07PM 7 min Lemina keeps dropping between the centre-backs, who split, and the fullbacks bomb on when Southampton build from the back. He looked more influential playing higher up at Selhurst Park.  4:06PM 5 min First Newcastle attack with Manquillo and Atsu combining up the left but the left-back's lack of an adequate left foot means his control as he skirted the whitewash lets him down and the ball dribbles out for a Saints throw.  4:05PM 4 min Southampton continue to hog the ball, stroking it around, not being pressed in the first 60 yards. Yoshida mixes it up with another raking diagonal for Bertrand that Yedlin and Ritchie deal with competently.  4:03PM 2 min That's better, a long ball from Yoshida from right to left, headed on by Long to Redmond who dinks in a dipping cross that Manquillo, covering diligently and dutifully, heads out for a throw-in.  4:01PM 1 min Saints kick off, move it back to Yoshida and pass it from left to right and back again before Van Dijk launches a long diagonal up the right for Tadic who turns and heads back towards his own goal. Newcastle haven't had a touch but it's a parody of possession football so far.  4:00PM Time for the teams to huddle Newcastle are in blue. We'll be off in a few seconds.  3:45PM A word from some sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   3:43PM This Saints kit Is very Steve Moran but I can't help but dislike it. Stripes > bibs.  Southampton Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand; Romeu, Lemina; Tadic, Gabbiadini, Redmond, Long.  Subs Hoedt, Davis, Austin, McCarthy, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, McQueen.  Fans gather at St Mary's Credit: MATTHEW CHILDS/Action Images via Reuters Newcastle Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo; Shelvey; Ritchie, Hayden, Perez, Atsu; Joselu.  Subs Clark, Murphy, Gayle, Diame, Merino, Darlow, Jesus Gamez.  Referee Kevin has a Friend (in Jesus). 3:38PM St Mary's Has not been a happy away trip for Newcastle United recently:  their last four visits have all ended in comprehensive defeat - 2-0 in 2012-13, 4-0 the following season, 4-0 again in 2014-15 and 3-1 during the Toon's relegation season. You have to go back to September 2004 (Southampton's relegation season) for Newcastle's last victory there and it came with a forward line of Craig Bellamy, Patrick Kluivert and Alan Shearer. None of them scored, however, and they left 2-1 winners by virtue of an own goal from David Prutton and one from the right-back Stephen Carr.  3:24PM Ch-ch-ch-changes Southampton bring in Manolo Gabbiadini for Steven Davis in their quest for a second home victory of the season. Newcastle draft in Florian Lejeune for Ciaran Clark at centre-half and Isaac Hayden for Mikel Merino as alterations to the starting XI for the draw with Liverpool. 3:19PM Team news The teams are in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to face #NUFC this afternoon in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/X0rNFJlXUJ— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) October 15, 2017 TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up at @SouthamptonFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 4pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/hgz8tFwbKI— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 15, 2017   3:16PM Pre-match package What is it? It's the Premier League clash between Southampton and Newcastle. When is it? Today, so Sunday, October 15. What time is kick-off? At 4pm. What TV channel is it on? You can watch live coverage on Sky Sports Premier League or Sky Sports Main Event channel. Alternatively, bookmark this page and follow the latest with our rolling blog. Shane Long is expected to return for Southampton Credit: Reuters What are the odds? Southampton to win 20/23 Draw 13/5 Newcastle to win 15/4 What's the team news? Shane Long is expected to be fit to play for Southampton despite the forward missing Ireland's World Cup qualifying win against Wales on Monday because of a hip injury. Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey could play wearing a special cast, having broken a finger while trying to break up a training ground disagreement last week. Defenders Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara remain sidelined. Mauricio Pellegrino hopes to get one over his former manager Credit: Reuters What have they been saying? Rafa Benitez on coming up against Mauricio Pellegrino, who knows him better than most having both played for and coached with him. “It will be difficult to surprise him. “It’s a strange feeling. Especially Mauricio, because he was my player and I signed him for Liverpool too because I had a lot of confidence in him. And after he was my assistant for the same reason. “He knows everything about me because he was my player and assistant. He has an advantage, but at the same time we know him really well too. It is a special situation. If you wanted to say something or change something, he would know already.”

Southampton vs Newcastle, Premier League: live score updates

    4:07PM 7 min Lemina keeps dropping between the centre-backs, who split, and the fullbacks bomb on when Southampton build from the back. He looked more influential playing higher up at Selhurst Park.  4:06PM 5 min First Newcastle attack with Manquillo and Atsu combining up the left but the left-back's lack of an adequate left foot means his control as he skirted the whitewash lets him down and the ball dribbles out for a Saints throw.  4:05PM 4 min Southampton continue to hog the ball, stroking it around, not being pressed in the first 60 yards. Yoshida mixes it up with another raking diagonal for Bertrand that Yedlin and Ritchie deal with competently.  4:03PM 2 min That's better, a long ball from Yoshida from right to left, headed on by Long to Redmond who dinks in a dipping cross that Manquillo, covering diligently and dutifully, heads out for a throw-in.  4:01PM 1 min Saints kick off, move it back to Yoshida and pass it from left to right and back again before Van Dijk launches a long diagonal up the right for Tadic who turns and heads back towards his own goal. Newcastle haven't had a touch but it's a parody of possession football so far.  4:00PM Time for the teams to huddle Newcastle are in blue. We'll be off in a few seconds.  3:45PM A word from some sponsors Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers   3:43PM This Saints kit Is very Steve Moran but I can't help but dislike it. Stripes > bibs.  Southampton Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand; Romeu, Lemina; Tadic, Gabbiadini, Redmond, Long.  Subs Hoedt, Davis, Austin, McCarthy, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, McQueen.  Fans gather at St Mary's Credit: MATTHEW CHILDS/Action Images via Reuters Newcastle Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo; Shelvey; Ritchie, Hayden, Perez, Atsu; Joselu.  Subs Clark, Murphy, Gayle, Diame, Merino, Darlow, Jesus Gamez.  Referee Kevin has a Friend (in Jesus). 3:38PM St Mary's Has not been a happy away trip for Newcastle United recently:  their last four visits have all ended in comprehensive defeat - 2-0 in 2012-13, 4-0 the following season, 4-0 again in 2014-15 and 3-1 during the Toon's relegation season. You have to go back to September 2004 (Southampton's relegation season) for Newcastle's last victory there and it came with a forward line of Craig Bellamy, Patrick Kluivert and Alan Shearer. None of them scored, however, and they left 2-1 winners by virtue of an own goal from David Prutton and one from the right-back Stephen Carr.  3:24PM Ch-ch-ch-changes Southampton bring in Manolo Gabbiadini for Steven Davis in their quest for a second home victory of the season. Newcastle draft in Florian Lejeune for Ciaran Clark at centre-half and Isaac Hayden for Mikel Merino as alterations to the starting XI for the draw with Liverpool. 3:19PM Team news The teams are in! Here's how #SaintsFC line-up to face #NUFC this afternoon in the #PL: pic.twitter.com/X0rNFJlXUJ— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) October 15, 2017 TEAM NEWS: Here's how Newcastle United will line up at @SouthamptonFC in the @premierleague this afternoon (kick-off 4pm BST). #NUFCpic.twitter.com/hgz8tFwbKI— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 15, 2017   3:16PM Pre-match package What is it? It's the Premier League clash between Southampton and Newcastle. When is it? Today, so Sunday, October 15. What time is kick-off? At 4pm. What TV channel is it on? You can watch live coverage on Sky Sports Premier League or Sky Sports Main Event channel. Alternatively, bookmark this page and follow the latest with our rolling blog. Shane Long is expected to return for Southampton Credit: Reuters What are the odds? Southampton to win 20/23 Draw 13/5 Newcastle to win 15/4 What's the team news? Shane Long is expected to be fit to play for Southampton despite the forward missing Ireland's World Cup qualifying win against Wales on Monday because of a hip injury. Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey could play wearing a special cast, having broken a finger while trying to break up a training ground disagreement last week. Defenders Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara remain sidelined. Mauricio Pellegrino hopes to get one over his former manager Credit: Reuters What have they been saying? Rafa Benitez on coming up against Mauricio Pellegrino, who knows him better than most having both played for and coached with him. “It will be difficult to surprise him. “It’s a strange feeling. Especially Mauricio, because he was my player and I signed him for Liverpool too because I had a lot of confidence in him. And after he was my assistant for the same reason. “He knows everything about me because he was my player and assistant. He has an advantage, but at the same time we know him really well too. It is a special situation. If you wanted to say something or change something, he would know already.”

Report: Barcelona Set to Pursue Southampton Defender Virgil van Dijk

Barcelona are set to join Liverpool in the race to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to the Mirror.

Scouts from the Catalan club reportedly watched the centre-back during the Netherlands' World Cup qualifying game against Sweden last week.

And they are now believed to be targeting a move for Van Dijk, who was last summer identified as a prime target for Liverpool.

The Reds failed to secure the signing of the Dutchman after Southampton complained of an illegal approach and refused to negotiate further.

Southampton are likely to be more willing to sell Van Dijk to a club elsewhere in Europe rather than a Premier League rival.

Manchester City and Chelsea have also both been linked with a move for the 26-year-old, the former having asked to be kept up to date with any developments regarding his future.

But Liverpool remain at the forefront of the battle to sign Van Dijk, who has made just two appearances for Southampton so far this season.

Jurgen Klopp's side have been repeatedly criticised for their failure to bring in a centre-back over the summer, but the German coach has bemoaned the incessant complaints.

"We are a good side but we have been speaking since the beginning of the season about how we didn't buy a defender in the summer," Klopp told Sky Sports ahead of Saturday's 0-0 draw against Manchester United at Anfield.

"This becomes like a self-fulfilling prophecy because every mistake we make goes back to that."

Report: Barcelona Set to Pursue Southampton Defender Virgil van Dijk

Barcelona are set to join Liverpool in the race to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to the Mirror.

Scouts from the Catalan club reportedly watched the centre-back during the Netherlands' World Cup qualifying game against Sweden last week.

And they are now believed to be targeting a move for Van Dijk, who was last summer identified as a prime target for Liverpool.

The Reds failed to secure the signing of the Dutchman after Southampton complained of an illegal approach and refused to negotiate further.

Southampton are likely to be more willing to sell Van Dijk to a club elsewhere in Europe rather than a Premier League rival.

Manchester City and Chelsea have also both been linked with a move for the 26-year-old, the former having asked to be kept up to date with any developments regarding his future.

But Liverpool remain at the forefront of the battle to sign Van Dijk, who has made just two appearances for Southampton so far this season.

Jurgen Klopp's side have been repeatedly criticised for their failure to bring in a centre-back over the summer, but the German coach has bemoaned the incessant complaints.

"We are a good side but we have been speaking since the beginning of the season about how we didn't buy a defender in the summer," Klopp told Sky Sports ahead of Saturday's 0-0 draw against Manchester United at Anfield.

"This becomes like a self-fulfilling prophecy because every mistake we make goes back to that."

Tim Cahill of Australia (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Syria during their FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying match, in Sydney, on October 10, 2017

Tim Cahill of Australia (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Syria during their FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying match, in Sydney, on October 10, 2017 (AFP Photo/WILLIAM WEST)

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