Match Preview: Huddersfield vs Saints

By SFC Media Fri 25 Aug Huddersfield v Saints

Get the lowdown ahead of Southampton's first away game of the 2017/18 Premier League season, as they visit newly-promoted Huddersfield...

THE MATCH

Huddersfield Town vs Southampton
Saturday 26th August, 3pm BST
John Smith’s Stadium
Premier League

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

For both sides, it’s a chance to keep their good starts to the season going.

Huddersfield have arrived in the Premier League in spectacular fashion, winning each of their opening two matches.

Saints are close behind them, having claimed four points from a possible six so far.

A win for either side would cement an extremely strong start to the campaign.

TEAM NEWS

Huddersfield: Manager David Wagner will not involve new signings Abdelhamid Sabiri or Florent Hadergjonaj, while midfielder Jonathan Hogg, forward Nakhi Wells and defenders Martin Cranie and Jon Gorenc Stankovic are absent through injury.

Southampton: Saints are assessing whether Dutch international centre-back Wesley Hoedt will be part of the squad, having only arrived from Lazio during the week. Manager Mauricio Pellegrino has no major injury concerns ahead of this one.

FORM GUIDE

Huddersfield’s last five:

Rotherham United (h) W 2-1 (Carabao Cup)
Newcastle United (h) W 1-0
Crystal Palace (a) W 3-0
Torino (a) D 2-2 (Pre-season)
Stuttgart (a) D 3-3 (Pre-season)

Southampton’s last five:

Wolves (h) L 0-2 (Carabao Cup)
West Ham United (h) W 3-2
Swansea City (h) D 0-0
Sevilla (h) W 2-0 (Pre-season)
FC Augsburg (h) L 0-4 (Pre-season)

TOP PERFORMERS LAST TERM

Huddersfield top scorer: Steve Mounie (2)
Most assists: Aaron Mooy, Elias Kachunga, Kasey Palmer, Collin Quaner (1)

Southampton top scorer: Dušan Tadić, Charlie Austin, Manolo Gabbiadini (1)
Most assists: Nathan Redmond (1)

ONE TO WATCH

Benin striker Steve Mounie was one of a number of players signed by Huddersfield Town over the summer, and he is fast becoming a fan favourite. He struck twice on the opening day of the season, in the 3-0 win at Crystal Palace, and the 22-year-old looks like a real threat for the Terriers.

ALL-TIME RECORD

Played: 24
Huddersfield: 11
Draws: 2
Southampton: 11

PREVIOUS FOUR MEETINGS

December 2010: Southampton 4-1 Huddersfield (Lambert, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jaïdi, Chaplow)
October 2010: Huddersfield 2-0 Southampton
March 2010: Southampton 5-0 Huddersfield (Lambert, Barnard, Puncheon, Hammond, Waigo)
August 2009: Huddersfield 3-1 Southampton (Lambert)

DID YOU KNOW?

Huddersfield have also kept a clean sheet in both of their Premier League games so far. The only previous occasion a newly-promoted side managed to do this in each of their opening three games in a Premier League season were Charlton Athletic in 1998-99.

These two sides last met in the top-flight back in December 1971; a season that Huddersfield finished bottom of Division One.

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