The evening kick-off later today sees Newcastle attempt to gain revenge on Southampton for a 4-0 battering on the south coast earlier this season.

Ronald Koeman’s side battered a beleaguered Alan Pardew team back in September, with Graziano Pelle doing the main damage.

However, a look back at the all-time record between the two sides shows that home advantage is significant in the clash, with the away side taking the points just eight times in 77 games.

Southampton haven’t won at St James’ Park since the 1996/1997 season and were thwarted last year by Yoan Gouffran, who scored before Jay Rodriguez equalised for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Gouffran will likely be in the starting line-up today, as he continues to be selected by John Carver – who still has significant injury problems.

Siem de Jong, Mehdi Abeid, Rob Elliot and Ryan Taylor are all back in training and are targeting a return closer to the end of the month but will miss out today. Gabriel Obertan, Rolando Aarons and Steven Taylor are longer term absentees.

Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse are away on international duty at the African Nations Cup, while youngsters Adam Campbell and Callum Roberts have joined Gateshead on a 28-day youth loan.

Tim Krul will continue in goal after making his comeback against Chelsea last week and could continue to be backed up by Freddie Woodman, who kept his place on the bench ahead of Jak Alnwick at Stamford Bridge.

Sammy Ameobi, Davide Santon, Adam Armstrong and Jonas Gutierrez all played for the under 21’s on Monday afternoon and could be involved.

For Southampton, key midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld are both out with injury. Former Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama is also missing after limping off against Ipswich in the FA Cup replay in midweek.

Maya Yoshida is away with Japan in the Asia Cup, while international duty also rules out Sadio Mane, who is at the African Nations.

A win for Newcastle would not move them up the table, as a huge goal swing would have to take place in order for the Magpies to leapfrog Swansea into ninth in the league. Stoke will go above Newcastle if they beat Leicester in a 3pm kick-off.