The Saints are too good for The Black Cats.
Last updated: March 3, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||The St. Mary’s Stadium|
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Southampton look strong enough to compete for a Top 6 place in The Premier League. The Saints were unlucky to concede a late goal against Chelsea last weekend. They were on a run of 6 consecutive matches without conceding a goal, before the defeat to The Blues. In addition, Shane Long is in top form. The forward has scored 7 goals in 14 appearances this season.
On the other hand, The Black Cats will fight for every single point until the end of the season, because they are in the relegation zone. Sunderland proved that they are a good team, but they are inconsistent in their performance. Furthermore, Sam Allardyce’s players have recorded 10 away defeats in The Premier League and only two victories. That’s why their chances against Southampton at The St. Mary’s Stadium aren’t good.
Southampton humiliated Sunderland in the battle between these two teams last season. The Saints beat The Black Cats 8-0 at The St. Mary’s Stadium. It’s interesting that there were three own goals scored by Black Cats’ players. Pelle (2), Tadic, Wanyama and Cork added the other goals for The Saints.
Victor Wanyama’s suspension has still not expired and the Kenyan international player will miss the game against The Black Cats.
Jay Rodriguez and Florin Gardos are the only injured players in Southampton’s squad. Rodriguez is very close to his return to the pitch.
Duncan Watmore is suffering from an ankle injury. The 21-year-old Englishman has scored 2 goals in 17 participations for Sunderland this season.
Sunderland’s key midfielder, Jeremain Lens, has an inguinal hernia and won’t be ready to play against Southampton on Saturday.
Quotes of the week
Ronald Koeman (Southampton) : “It is interesting for the rest of the teams to get an opportunity to get into Europe.”
Sam Allardyce (Sunderland) : “Jermain Defoe got more stick than me I think.”
|Southampton (3-5-1-1):||Forster, van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Targett, Clasie, Oriol Romeu, Pelle, Long.|
|Subs||Yoshida, Stekelenburg, Austin, Mane, Juanmi, Tadic, Soares.|
|Sunderland (4-1-4-1):||Mannone, Kone, Yedlin, O’Shea, van Aanholt, Kirchhoff, Cattermole, M’Vila, Khazri, N’Doye, Defoe.|
|Subs||Pickford, Toivonen, Rodwell, Honeyman, Coates, Brown, Borini.|
So far this season
|Southampton this season||Sunderland this season|
|7 (4)||(at home) Wins (away)||4 (2)|
|4-0 vs. Arsenal||Biggest win||3-0 vs Newcastle|
|2 (5)||(at home) Draws (away)||3 (2)|
|5 (4)||(at home) Losses (away)||6 (10)|
|0-3 to Everton||Biggest Defeat||2-6 to Everton|
|Long (7)||Top scorer||Defoe (10)|
|Mane (6)||Assist Leader||Johnson (5)|
|Y43, R4||Discipline||Y48, R2|
|8||Failures to score||9|
|10||Both Teams to Score Games||15|
|12||Over 2.5 Games||15|
|15||Under 2.5 Games||12|
- Southampton have won 12 of 19 home games against The Black Cats. The Saints have scored 36 and have conceded just 15 goals.
- Ronald Koeman’s players won their visit to The Stadium of Light 1-0 earlier this season. Dusan Tadic scored from the penalty spot in the 69th minute.
- The Saints have kept a clean sheet in 4 of their last 6 matches at The St. Mary’s Stadium. They easily won these 4 matches.
- The Black Cats have won only 2 away Premier League games this season. They beat Crystal Palace 1-0 and Swansea City 4-2.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|07/11/15||The Premier League||Sunderland 0-1 Southampton||D. Tadić (PG) 69′|
|02/05/15||The Premier League||Sunderland 2-1 Southampton||Jordi Gómez (PG) 21′|
|18/10/14||The Premier League||Southampton 8-0 Sunderland||S. Vergini (OG) 12′|
|15/02/14||The FA Cup||Sunderland 1-0 Southampton||C. Gardner 49′|
|18/01/14||The Premier League||Sunderland 2-2 Southampton||J. Rodriguez 4′|