The Saints are in bad form again.
Last updated: March 8, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||The Britannia Stadium|
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Southampton recorded 2 defeats and 1 draw in the team’s last 3 Premier League matches and The Saints are now lying in 9th position of the standings. They finished with a draw against Sunderland in the last Premier League round and could have even lost the game, but Virgil van Dijk equalized in the very last seconds of the game.
On the other hand, Stoke City are showing real progress in their performance. The Potters won 3 of their last 4 Premier League games and last lost on the 6th February 2016 (0-3 to Everton). The Potters finished with a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend. Mame Biram Diouf scored a late equalizer and secured the point for his team.
Southampton have an advantage in the Head to Head battle between these two teams. The Saints have won 20 of 42 matches against The Potters. There have been 10 draws and 12 victories for Stoke City. But when the venue is the Britannia Stadium, The Potters have better stats – 9 victories against 6 for The Saints.
This will be the last match for Victor Wanyama’s suspension. The Kenyan was sent off a month ago against West Ham United.
Charlie Austin has received an injury. The forward has a hamstring problem and is expected to return to the pitch at the end of the month.
Glenn Johnson is suffering from a knee injury and is going to miss the match against Southampton. The defender has recorded 25 appearances this season.
Ryan Shawcross, Phil Bardsley, Marc Wilson and Shay Given are the other injured players in the Potters squad, while Gardos and Rodriguez are sidelined for The Saints.
Quotes of the week
Mark Hughes (Stoke City) : “We’re grateful to equalise but we deserved more from the game. It was an excellent away performance – we took the game to Chelsea.”
Ronald Koeman (Southampton) : “We played better football with one player less on the pitch.”
|Stoke (4-2-3-1):||Butland, Pieters, Cameron, Wollscheid, Muniesa, Imbula, Whelan, Diouf, Afellay, Shaqiri, Arnautovic.|
|Subs||Haugaard, Ireland, Bojan, Walters, van Ginkel, Joselu, Crouch.|
|Injured:||Given, Wilson, Bardsley, Johnson, Shawcross.|
|Southampton (3-5-1-1):||Forster, van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Targett, Clasie, Oriol Romeu, Pelle, Long.|
|Subs||Olomola, Stekelenburg, Reed, Mane, Juanmi, Tadic, Soares.|
|Injured:||Rodriguez, Gardos, Austin.|
|Not available:||Wanyama, Fonte.|
So far this season
|Stoke City this season||Southampton this season|
|7 (5)||(at home) Wins (away)||7 (4)|
|3-1 vs. Bournemouth and Norwich||Biggest win||4-0 vs. Arsenal|
|2 (5)||(at home) Draws (away)||3 (5)|
|5 (5)||(at home) Losses (away)||5 (5)|
|0-3 to Everton, Leicester and Manchester United||Biggest Defeat||0-3 to Everton|
|Arnautovic (9)||Top scorer||Long (7)|
|Shaqiri (5)||Assist Leader||Mane (6)|
|Y37, R4||Discipline||Y45, R5|
|11||Failures to score||9|
|11||Both Teams to Score Games||11|
|12||Over 2.5 Games||12|
|17||Under 2.5 Games||17|
- The last 5 Southampton away Premier League matches finished with the option of ‘under 2,5 goals’ and ‘both teams to score – NO’.
- Stoke City lost only 1 of their last 6 matches at The Britannia Stadium. The Potters won 4 of these games and kept a clean sheet on 3 occasions.
- The Potters are lying in 8th position of the standings with 43 points, while The Saints are just one place below with 41 points collected.
- Southampton conceded 3 goals in their last 5 Premier League matches. The Saints kept a clean sheet on 3 occasions, but when they conceded a goal – they lost the game.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|21/11/15||The Premier League||Southampton 0-1 Stoke||Bojan 10′|
|18/04/15||The Premier League||Stoke 2-1 Southampton||M. Schneiderlin 22′|
|29/10/14||The Capital One Cup||Stoke 2-3 Southampton||G. 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′|