Allardyce faces a new serious challenge

Last updated: November 5, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The Stadium of Light
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LWLDL
Away form: WWDDW
Last season: 2-1
Competition: The Premier League

Sunderland to host Southampton in the12th round match of The English Premier League. This game seems to be another serious challenge for Sam Allardyce who took The Black Cats a couple of weeks ago. ‘Big Sam’ showed his ambitions were for his team to play nice direct and attacking football, but this style was punished by Everton’s counter-attack in the last round, when Sunderland lost 2-6.

On the other hand, Sunderland won 3-0 in their last home match against Newcastle, which was their first victory of the season. So, there is a huge improvement in The Black Cats performance. They look motivated enough to keep their place in this the most competitive league.

Southampton haven’t lost for five games now, recording 3 victories and two draws. The Saints won against Bournemouth, Swansea and Chelsea which is a very good record for them. In addition, they are showing very nice one-touch football and good crosses from the line, which brings them plenty of goals.

Team News

Sunderland defender, John O’Shea, is suffering from a hamstring problem and he was replaced by Wes Brown in the last match which was a decisive move resulting in a bad defensive performance.

Kaboul, Borini and Toivonen are also sidelined for The Black Cats. The French defender is suffering from a groin strain.

Three players are going to miss the match for Southampton: Rodriguez (ankle injury), Gardos (knee injury) and Forster (knee injury).

Victor Wanyama was sent off against Bournemouth and he is suspended for the visit to The Stadium of Light.

Quotes of the week

Sam Allardyce Sam Allardyce (Sunderland) : “If we don’t sort those out and give it away like we did at 2-2, then it’ll be a long haul over the next few months.”

ronald koeman is not pleased Ronald Koeman (Southampton) : “English managers will continue to be outnumbered by foreign coaches in The Premier League.”

Expected line-ups:

Sunderland (4-4-2): Pantilimon, Brown, Coates, Jones, van Aanholt, Lens, Cattermole, Johnson, M’Vila, Defoe, Fletcher.
Subs Mannone, Rodwell, Graham, Jordi Gomez, Larsson, Yedlin, Watmore
Injured: Borini, Kaboul, O’Shea, Toivonen
Not available:
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, Ramirez, Yoshida.
Injured: Rodriguez, Gardos, Forster
Not available: Wanyama

Key Battle

defoe Defoe this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
7 (2) 677 3 2 0 0 1 0
Graziano Pelle this season Pelle this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
11 979 6 4 2 1 3 0

So far this season

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Sunderland this season Southampton this season
19 League Position 7
1 (0) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (1)
3-0 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 3-0 vs. Norwich
2 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (4)
2 (5) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (0)
2-6 to Everton Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Everton
Fletcher (4) Top scorer Pelle (6)
M’Vila (3) Assist Leader Mane (4)
Y25, R2 Discipline Y22, R2
4 Failures to score 3
1 Clean Sheets 4
6 Both Teams to Score Games 6
7 Over 2.5 Games 7
4 Under 2.5 Games 4
  • Southampton haven’t lost an away match. The Saints have recorded four draws and one victory (3-1 vs. Chelsea at Stamford Bridge).
  • Sunderland have won only one game this season. Their first victory was against Newcastle (3-0). There has been 3 draws in the other Sunderland matches.
  • The Black Cats haven’t lost at home against Southampton since 28th January 2003, when The Saints won 1-0. James Beattie scored the only goal in the match.
  • Sunderland have won three of their last four home matches against Southampton. Two of the victories ended in a final score of 2-1.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
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 Rodriguez 4′
06/11/13 The Capital One Cup Sunderland 2-1 Southampton P. Bardsley 59′