The Saints have won just one of their last 16 games in the top flight and, with nine matches left to play, are just a single point above the drop zone. It is a perilous position.
It’s why Mauricio Pellegrino’s side can’t afford to leave St James’ Park beaten, but it is down to the manager to get the best out of his players, who have struggled for goals throughout the campaign.
Our unique algorithm has predicted the Saints side it believes will start the game.
Football Whispers uses data to predict teams’ starting XIs, taking into account injuries, suspensions, the statistical likelihood of a player being selected, the competition the match is in, players’ previous performances and the opponent’s style.
And you can also give it a go yourself. Just click ‘create your own’ on the line-up at the top of the page and pick your ideal XI for the game.You can also see each player’s stats once you’ve selected them.
When you’re happy with your team, press confirm and you’ll be able to share it with your friends via social media.