Are The Saints to continue their winning run?

Last updated: November 18, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The St. Mary’s Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WWWDD
Away form: WDWLW
Last season: 1-0
Competition: The Premier League

Ronald Koeman’s lads have recently played really well and have collected 14 points in their last 6 Premiership games (4 victories and 2 draws). Their last defeat was on 20th September, when they lost 2-3 to Manchester United at The St. Mary’s Stadium. Southampton are showing nice attacking football and they are creating many clear goal-scoring chances per game. The Saints have failed to score in only 3 of 12 games.

Stoke City have recorded 4 clean sheets in their last 5 Premier League matches. The Potters have won 3 of these games. Stoke won 1-0 against Chelsea in the last round and collected 16 points. Marko Arnautovic was simply brilliant and scored one of the most beautiful goals of the season in the 54th minute of the game.

On the other hand, Southampton have a big advantage in the Head to Head matches against Stoke. The Saints have won 20 from 41 games. There has been 10 draws and 11 victories for The Potters. In addition, Stoke City have recorded only two away wins against Southampton, which is an extremely low number.

Team News

The Spanish attacker Joselu has received an injury and is missing the game for Stoke. Marc Muniesa is also sidelined; he is suffering from a hamstring problem.

The reserve goalkeeper Shay Given is suffering from a knee injury and can’t be selected by the manager Mark Hughes.

Jay Rodriguez of Southampton has received an ankle injury. Gardos and Forster are also missing the match against Stoke City.

Stoke’s goalkeeper, Jack Butland, is in really good shape. His fantastic saves, brought 10 points in the last 5 Premiership games.

Quotes of the week

ronald koeman is not pleased Ronald Koeman (Southampton) : “I’m very happy with the players we have.”

mark hughes Mark Hughes (Stoke) : “Since I’ve been here Shawcross has been absolutely outstanding. There aren’t many defenders like him in the game, I have to say.”

Expected line-ups:

Southampton (4-2-3-1): Stekelenburg, van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, Soares, Ward-Prowse, Davis, Clasie, Tadic, Mane, Pelle.
Subs Davis, Martina, Caulker, Oriol Romeu, Long, Wanyama, Yoshida.
Injured: Rodriguez, Gardos, Forster
Not available:
Stoke (4-5-1): Butland, Pieters, Johnson, Shawcross, Cameron, Bojan, Whelan, Shaqiri, Afellay, Arnautovic, Walters.
Subs Haugaard, Wollscheid, Diouf, Crouch, van Ginkel, Adam, Ireland.
Injured: Muniesa, Given, Joselu
Not available:

Key Battle

Mane this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
11 (1) 928 3 2,5 4 2 2 1
arnautovic Arnautovic this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
10 (1) 837 3 1,5 2 0 1 0

So far this season

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Southampton this season Stoke this season
7 League Position 12
3 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (2)
3-0 vs. Norwich Biggest win 2-1 vs. Bournemouth
1 (4) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (3)
2 (0) (at home) Losses (away) 3 (1)
0-3 to Everton Biggest Defeat 0-2 to Arsenal and Watford
Pelle (6) Top scorer Diouf, Arnautovic (3)
Mane (4) Assist Leader Johnson, Arnautovic (2)
Y25, R2 Discipline Y20, R2
3 Failures to score 5
5 Clean Sheets 4
6 Both Teams to Score Games 4
7 Over 2.5 Games 3
5 Under 2.5 Games 9
  • Southampton have scored at least 2 goals per game in their last 6 home matches. They have won 4 of them (all competitions).
  • Stoke City haven’t conceded a goal in their last 4 away matches. The Potters won 1-0 on three occasions. They drew 0-0 against Newcastle in their last away game.
  • The Saints have won 14 from 20 home games against Stoke, they have scored 37 goals and have conceded 18. There has been 4 draws and 2 victories for The Potters.
  • Stoke City have lost only one away Premiership game this season. Their defeat was against Arsenal (0-2) on 12th September 2015.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
18/04/15 The Premier League Stoke 2-1 Southampton Schneiderlin 22′
29/10/14 The Capital One Cup Stoke 2-3 Southampton Pellè 6′
25/10/14 The Premier League Southampton 1-0 Stoke S. Mané 33′
08/02/14 The Premier League Southampton 2-2 Stoke R. Lambert 6′
02/11/13 The Premier League Stoke 1-1 Southampton A. Begović 1′