MATCH PREVIEW: FC Midtjylland vs Southampton

By SFC Media time Thu 27 Aug Club

All you need to know ahead of Southampton's game against FC Midtjylland in the play-off round of the UEFA Europa League.

Southampton stand on the verge of history as they look to qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League for the first time.

Following a 1-1 draw in the first leg at St Mary’s, Southampton know they need to score against FC Midtjylland on Thursday night if they are to progress.

Tim Sparv’s strike, which opened the scoring at St Mary’s, handed FC Midtjylland that all-important away goal, before Jay Rodriguez’s penalty in the second half gave Saints a lifeline ahead of the return leg.

Saints head into the game off the back of a 0-0 draw against Watford in the Barclays Premier League, in which Koeman’s men recorded their first league clean sheet of the campaign.

The hosts also drew their clash in-between the two Europa League games, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Esbjerg away from home.

The second leg will go to extra time should the game finish 1-1 in normal time, while penalties will be required if the score remains the same during the added 30 minutes.

Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Sadio Mané is a doubt for the game after coming off injured on Sunday at Watford, while Victor Wanyama has not travelled with the squad due to a stomach infection.

Martin Pusić, who was on the bench for the first leg, may not feature this time around after a falling out with manager Jess Thorup earlier in the week.

Saints will need to be aware of the threat posed by Pione Sisto on Thursday night in Denmark.

The young winger was not able to make a huge influence on proceedings at St Mary’s a week ago, but is very highly rated and has been linked with a number of top European clubs.

The 20 year-old has already been a regular for FC Midtjylland over the last two seasons, scoring eight goals in 22 league appearances during the previous campaign.

- Whoever progresses on Thursday night will compete in the group stages of the UEFA Europa League for the first time in their history.

- FC Midtjylland won 16 of their 17 home games in the Danish Superliga last season.

- Saints are unbeaten in their three away games this season having won one and drawn two.

FC Midtjylland were knocked out of the UEFA Cup in 2008 by English side Manchester City. After winning the first leg 1-0, the Danish side lost 1-0 at home in the second leg and were knocked out of the competition after a 4-2 penalty shootout defeat.

You can follow all the action from Thursday's game at the MCH Arena via the club’s social media channels. We’ll have live updates on Twitter , goal updates on Facebook and a liveblog running on .

After the game, we’ll have reaction on , as well as .


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