Monday Briefing: September 10th

By SFC Media time Mon 10 Sep Club
Photo by James Bridle | St Mary's

Start your week by catching up on the latest at Southampton Football Club, with our Monday briefing...

Mixed fortunes in international action

It has been a busy few days on the international scene for a number of Southampton players, with a varying degree of fortune.

Mohamed Elyounoussi started both games for Norway over the break, as they beat Cyprus and lost to Bulgaria in Nations League action.

In the same competition, Steven Davis captained Northern Ireland, as they lost 2-1 at home to Bosnia & Herzegovina on Saturday, while Jan Bednarek played the full game for Poland in their 1-1 draw away to Italy on Friday.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 08: Steve Davis of Northern Ireland and Muhamed Besic of Bosnia-Herzegovina during the UEFA Nations League B group three match between Northern Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Windsor Park on September 8, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Steven Davis on the ball for Northern Ireland

Mario Lemina started for Gabon at the weekend, as they drew 1-1 with Burundi in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, and there was a heavy defeat for Stuart Armstrong, who started Scotland’s 4-0 friendly loss at home to Belgium on Friday.

Jannik Vestergaard was an unused sub in Denmark’s 2-0 home win over Wales in the Nations League on Sunday, with Alex McCarthy, Cédric and Angus Gunn having also watched on without featuring in recent days.

More internationals ahead

The action continues over the next 48 hours for Southampton’s players.

Tonight, Cédric and Stuart Armstrong face Nations League games, as Portugal host Italy and Scotland welcome Albania, while Jake Vokins travels with England Under-19s to Belgium for a friendly.

Scotland's midfielder Stuart Armstrong (R) runs away from Belgium's midfielder Youri Tielemans during the International friendly football match between Scotland and Belgium at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland on September 7, 2018. (Photo by Andy BUCHANAN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Stuart Armstrong will be hoping for better with Scotland this week

Tomorrow sees Angus Gunn visit Latvia with England Under-21s for a EURO 2019 qualifier, while there is also a host of friendlies, with Alex McCarthy and England hosting Switzerland, Steven Davis and Northern Ireland at home to Israel, Jan Bednarek's Poland welcoming Republic of Ireland and Mario Lemina in action for Gabon against Zambia.

Away kit on sale

Southampton’s new Under Armour away strip went on sale on Friday, with the yellow-and-blue kit available both in store and online.

Taking inspiration from the past – with the same colours as Saints wore in their 1976 FA Cup final triumph – it has already proved popular.

A limited number of free £5 gift cards from Virgin Media remain, for supporters who buy the new away shirt, while Season Ticket holders and Official Members also benefit ten per cent and five per cent discounts respectively.

buy the new under armour away kit now

City date subject to change

Saints could get a new date for their visit to champions Manchester City.

Mark Hughes’s team are due to visit Etihad Stadium on Saturday 3rd November, but the game would be moved to the Sunday if City beat Oxford United in the third round of the Carabao Cup this month.

GV during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England on 23 October 2016. Photo by Matt  Watson/SFC/Digital South.
Etihad Stadium

That is because Pep Guardiola’s team visit Tottenham in the Premier League on Monday 28th October, meaning any cup clash that week would need to be held on Thursday 1st November, which would, in turn, push that weekend's league fixture back a day. Ticket information for the trip to Manchester City is yet to be announced.

Under-23s return to action this week

Radhi Jaïdi’s team will look to continue their superb start to the season when they visit their Newcastle United counterparts in Premier League 2 on Friday night.

Saints’ youngsters have won four and drawn two in their opening six games, with their most recent outing seeing them win 2-0 at Colchester United in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Under-18s also back to work

After the weekend’s break at all levels, the Under-18s are also beginning preparations this week for a return to action.

The youngsters have a tough test on the horizon, as they visit Arsenal in the Under-18 Premier League on Saturday morning.


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