Match Preview: Saints vs Huddersfield Town

By SFC Media time Fri 22 Dec Saints v Huddersfield

Check out our match preview as Southampton welcome Huddersfield Town to St Mary’s in the Premier League.

THE MATCH

Southampton vs Huddersfield Town
Saturday 23rd December, 3pm GMT
St Mary’s
Premier League

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Saints head into the game looking to get back on track after successive defeats to Leicester City and Chelsea in the Premier League. Those results mean they now sit in 12th place, three points behind their weekend opponents.

The Terriers meanwhile will be hoping to build on their 4-1 away success at Watford in their last outing.

TEAM NEWS

Southampton: Cédric will be out with an ankle problem that saw him replaced against Chelsea, while Ryan Bertrand is also out after an injury picked up against his former club.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: Cedric receives treatment from Doctor Steve Baynes(L) and Kevin Mulholland during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge on December 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

Huddersfield: Elias Kachunga is expected to be out for 8-12 weeks after being stretchered off in their win over Watford. Chris Löwe could also return after being replaced at Vicarage Road with a foot injury, while Jonathan Hogg is suspended. Phillip Billing (ankle), Jon Gorenc Stankovic (knee) and Michael Hefele (Achilles) remain out.

FORM GUIDE

Southampton’s previous five:

Chelsea (a) L 1-0
Leicester City (h) L 4-1
Arsenal (h) D 1-1
AFC Bournemouth (a) D 1-1
Manchester City (a) L 2-1

Huddersfield’s previous five:


Watford (a) W 4-1
Chelsea (h) L 1-3
Brighton and Hove Albion (h) W 2-0
Everton (a) L 2-0
Arsenal (a) L 5-0

TOP PERFORMERS

Charlie Austin has had a hand in six goals in seven previous league appearances against the Terriers (four goals, two assists) and will be hoping to continue his fine form in front of goal.

Top scorers: Charlie Austin (5), Steven Davis (3), Manolo Gabbiadini (3), Dušan Tadić (2)
Most assists: Nathan Redmond (3), Ryan Bertrand (3), Dušan Tadić (2)

Aaron Mooy netted a brace in the 4-1 win over Watford and has been instrumental in the campaign so far, scoring or assisting 31% of Huddersfield’s goals. He has also created 26 chances, more than double of any of his teammates.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16:  Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield Town celebrates after scoring his sides second goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between Watford and Huddersfield Town at Vicarage Road on December 16, 2017 in Watford, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Elsewhere, forward Laurent Depoitre has scored two goals and provided an assist in his last two games.

Top scorers: Laurent Depoitre (4), Steve Mounie (4), Aaron Mooy (4)
Most assists: Collin Quaner (2), Christopher Schindler (1)

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

All-time record:


Played: 25
Southampton: 11
Draws: 3
Huddersfield: 11

Previous four meetings:

August 2017: Huddersfield 0-0 Southampton
December 2010: Southampton 4-1 Huddersfield
October 2010: Huddersfield 2-0 Southampton
March 2010: Southampton 5-0 Huddersfield

DID YOU KNOW?


- Southampton have won 10 and lost none of their last 11 home league games against sides from Yorkshire, since losing 2-1 to Sheffield United in February 2009.

- Saints have lost just one of their last 26 home Premier League games against newly promoted sides (W17 D8), losing 0-1 against Cardiff in April 2014.

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