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Southampton vs Brighton
St Mary’s Stadium
Monday 17th September
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn
Fourth official: Graham Scott
WHAT’S AT STAKE
For Southampton, it’s a chance to record back-to-back Premier League victories – something the club hasn’t managed since April 2017 – while it’s also an opportunity to earn three consecutive wins for the first time in 20 months.
The first success in this current run came against Monday’s opponents, as Saints triumphed 1-0 away to the Seagulls in the Carabao Cup, ahead of the 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace in the Premier League ahead of the international break.
Brighton themselves are in a similar situation to Southampton, with four points from their opening four league games.
Chris Hughton’s side will be looking for their first away points of the campaign, having lost at Watford and Liverpool on the road so far.
Southampton: Mark Hughes is optimistic of having a fully-fit squad for the game. There are slight doubts over Charlie Austin and Shane Long, who were absent from training earlier in the week with knocks, but the Saints boss is hopeful they will be ready to go by Monday.
mark hugheswe have concerns with shane and charlie, who haven't trained this week, but we're hoping to have them back over the weekend.
southampton manager's team news update
Brighton: Chris Hughton has few worries either, having confirmed that there were no ill-effects from the international break, with striker Florin Andone close to a return as well.
Crystal Palace (a) W 2-0 (Ings, Højbjerg)
Brighton (a) W 1-0 (Austin) (Carabao Cup)
Leicester (h) L 1-2 (Bertrand)
Everton (a) L 1-2 (Ings)
Burnley (h) D 0-0
Fulham (h) D 2-2 (Murray 2)
Southampton (h) L 0-1 (Carabao Cup)
Liverpool (a) L 0-1
Manchester United (h) W 3-2 (Murray, Duffy, Gross)
Watford (a) L 0-2
Chris Hughton: “They are on the back of a very good win in their last game and will be playing with a lot of confidence. What we can’t do is underestimate the qualities they’ve got. They’ve got a very good squad and a very good team. We’ll have to play at the levels that we have done in the last three games to give ourselves a chance to get something.”
Mark Hughes: “Chris has done an outstanding job. He’s establishing them as a Premier League club – he’s an underrated manager who doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. They’ve got a lot of players who have grasped the opportunity to play in the Premier League, so we’re respectful of their talent.”
Danny Ings bagged his second Saints goal in the win at Crystal Palace, and so too did another man – Pierre-Emile Højbjerg. The Dane has formed an impressive midfield partnership with Mario Lemina this season, and his strike on the counter at Selhurst Park was a richly-deserved award for another strong display. Mark Hughes will be hoping that Højbjerg, alongside Lemina, can help dominate proceedings on Monday night.
For Brighton, Glenn Murray continues to provide the greatest goal threat, with the striker off to an excellent start this season. At 34, he might be one of the older forwards playing regularly in the top flight, but age is not yet dulling his effectiveness. Murray has three goals already this season, including two in Brighton’s last outing, and will no doubt be a handful again.
This will be the 44th competitive contest between the clubs, and it’s Southampton who have historically dominated the fixture – although recent history has been much more even.
Previous five meetings:
August 2018: Brighton 0-1 Southampton (Austin)
January 2018: Southampton 1-1 Brighton (Stephens)
October 2017: Brighton 1-1 Southampton (Davis)
January 2012: Brighton 3-0 Southampton
November 2011: Southampton 3-0 Brighton (Lambert 3)
DID YOU KNOW?
• Southampton have won four and lost none of their six Premier League home matches against fellow south coast opposition.
• Charlie Austin has scored more goals in all competitions versus Brighton than he has against any other side (7).
• But Glenn Murray has scored four goals in five league starts for Brighton against Southampton.
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