The first of four consecutive away trips for Southampton, get set for the midweek trip to Leeds United in the Premier League with our Match Pack, in association with eToro...
Leeds United vs Southampton
Tuesday 23 February, 6pm GMT
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Scott Ledger, Adrian Holmes
Fourth official: Robert Jones
VAR: Kevin Friend
Assistant VAR: Darren Cann
HOW TO WATCH
The fixture will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event (401) and Sky Sports Premier League (402) for subscription holders.
Saints will be wearing their red home strip with white trim for the trip to Yorkshire.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
After arresting a run of six straight league defeats with an impressive draw against a revived Chelsea side on Saturday, Southampton will be looking to register a much-needed win in the Premier League.
Without three points since the 1-0 win over reigning champions Liverpool at the start of 2021, Saints will hope to come out on top in the first league meeting between the two sides since 2012.
To do so, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side will have to overcome a Leeds outfit who sit one place and two points ahead of them in the table.
A win for Marcelo Bielsa’s side would lift them into the top 10, whilst halting a run of back-to-back defeats.
As the relentless fixture list continues, Saints aren’t expected to welcome back any of their injured players for the trip to Elland Road.
Speaking after the match against Chelsea on Saturday, Ralph Hasenhüttl reported no fresh injury concerns whilst placing Stuart Armstrong’s chances of a return on Tuesday as 50/50.
For the hosts, they'll be unable to call upon Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo once again, with Ian Poveda, Robin Koch and Adam Forshaw also sidelined.
Wolves (a) 1-0
Arsenal (a) 4-2 (Struijk, Costa)
Crystal Palace (h) 2-0 (Harrison, Bamford)
Everton (h) 1-2 (Raphinha)
Leicester (a) 1-3 (Dallas, Bamford, Harrison)
Chelsea (h) 1-1 (Minamino)
Wolves (h) 1-2 (Ings)
Wolves (a) 0-2 (Ings, Armstrong) Emirates FA Cup
Newcastle (a) 3-2 (Minamino, Ward-Prowse)
Man United (a) 9-0
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “We were watching this team very often. We haven’t played them so far, so an interesting game for us.
“We are able to get points there and so this is the goal for Tuesday.”
Marcelo Bielsa: "Every team has a bunch of negative results. The only teams that don’t have this problem are the ones at the top of the table. The teams in the middle of the table have not as big squads.
"When they are missing four or five players like everyone else they have to opt for youngsters to make substitutions during games."
ONES TO WATCH
Takumi Minamino: The Liverpool loanee has made an in instant impact since arriving on the south coast, netting two goals in three appearances for Saints.
His versatility in attacking positions has offered Ralph Hasenhüttl a valuable option with injuries ruling out Theo Walcott and Stuart Armstrong in recent weeks.
The Brazilian has quickly become a fans’ favourite at Elland Road since arrive from Stade Rennais, combining dazzling flair with hard-working performances.
With four goals and five assists to his name, Raphinha will need to be closely guarded by Southampton’s defence on Tuesday night.
Patrick Bamford 12
Jack Harrison 6
Raphinha, Dallas 4
Bamford, Raphinha, Klich 5
Jack Harrison 4
Dallas, Costa, Hernández, Phillips 2
Danny Ings 9
James Ward-Prowse 6
Adams, Armstrong 4
James Ward-Prowse 5
Ché Adams 4
Ings, Armstrong 3
HEAD TO HEAD
- Southampton have won their last three league games against Leeds, with the most recent being a 1-0 away win in March 2012. Only once have Saints had a longer winning run against Leeds in league football (4 between 1980-1982).
- Southampton have won nine of their last 10 Premier League games against promoted sides, with the exception being a goalless draw with Fulham in their last such match.
- Southampton have scored a league-high share 65% of their Premier League goals in the first half of games this season (20/31), while only Arsenal (62%) have conceded a higher share before half-time than Leeds (60% - 26/43).
- Takumi Minamino has scored two goals in his three Premier League games with Southampton, one more than he did in 19 appearances with Liverpool in the competition.
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