Monday Briefing: October 15th

By SFC Media time Mon 15 Oct First team
Photo by Matt Watson

We bring you up to speed on the latest at Southampton Football Club with this week's Monday briefing...

International success

Mario Lemina’s Gabon kick-started their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over South Sudan last week.

The midfielder played 66 minutes in the Gabonese capital of Libreville, where strikes from Denis Bouanga and Aaron Appindangoyé, plus an own goal from Hassan Martin, fired the hosts to victory.

Elsewhere, Moi Elyounoussi's Norway secured a second win of their UEFA Nations League campaign, narrowly edging out Slovenia 1-0 in Oslo on Saturday, while Shane Long was also involved in a 0-0 stalemate with Denmark on the same evening.

Cédric and Portugal emerged 3-1 victors, to back up a lively 3-2 win over Poland four days prior, as he went head-to-head with Stuart Armstrong’s Scotland at Hampden Park in an international friendly on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Steven Davis will be involved in Northern Ireland's meeting with Bosnia & Herzegovina this evening, before a bumper night of international action concludes tomorrow:

Maya YoshidaJapan vs Uruguay (Kirin Challenge Cup) 11.35am BST
Mario Lemina – South Sudan vs Gabon (Africa Cup of Nations qualifier) 2pm BST
Angus Gunn – Scotland U21 vs England U21 (Euro 2019 qualifier) 5.30pm BST
Mohamed ElyounoussiNorway vs Bulgaria (Nations League) 7.45pm BST
Shane LongRepublic of Ireland vs Wales (Nations League) 7.45pm BST
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg/Jannik VestergaardDenmark vs Austria (friendly) 7.45pm BST

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Steve Davis of Northern Ireland celebrates with team mates after scoring during the international friendly football match between Northern Ireland and Israel at Windsor Park on September 11, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Steven Davis captains Northern Ireland during latest international spell

Premier League action this weekend!

After a week of globetrotting for many of the club's international representatives, and some hard graft at Staplewood Campus for the remainder of Mark Hughes's squad, this Saturday marks the return of the Premier League, where Saints travel to Dorset to face Bournemouth (3pm BST).

One of the league's in-form sides, there appears to be little tougher test currently than Eddie Howe's well-drilled Cherries, who presently occupy sixth spot in the table.    

Saints do have an encouraging record against their south coast neighbours, though, unbeaten in their previous four meetings (W2, D2), and will be backed by a capacity away following (1,325) at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon!

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Southampton’s Charlie Austin celebrates after equalising during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Southampton at the Vitality Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Charlie Austin celebrates Saints' equaliser away to Bournemouth last season

Under-23s gear up for PL2 return

After Checkatrade Trophy disappointment last week, Radhi Jaïdi's side will no doubt be keen to hit the ground running in the approach to Friday's Premier League 2 meeting with Wolves (7pm BST).

Saints have made a good start to league competition, but host the PL2 leaders on Friday night at St Mary's, with fans able to attend the game for free, as Jaïdi's team look to improve on their fifth-place standing.

The Midlands outfit have only lost once this term, but Saints' youngsters, having had a 10-day rest after their Checkatrade exploits, will be intent on putting further dent in that record - having set their sights on Division 2 promotion this season.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02: Callum Slattery (right) during an U23 Southampton FC training session at Staplewood Complex on October 2, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by James Bridle - Southampton FC/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Back to the training ground graft for Southampton's Under-23s

One March announced

Last week the club announced that it will be working with the Saints Disabled Supporters Association (SDSA) and Saints Foundation to host the first ever One March Open Day, at St Mary’s Stadium, on Thursday 25th October from 12-5pm.

The free event, in the middle of half-term, is designed to introduce members of the public and Saints fans to the club’s One March equality work and showcase diverse activities and services available in the local community.

It also provides a great platform for the SDSA to raise awareness and funds for their future work.

Entry is free of charge, and local disabled organisations are actively encouraged to attend as visitors, along with individuals and families!

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Five festive fixture changes confirmed

It was confirmed last week that four Southampton fixtures have been selected for television coverage during December, with a further change scheduled for the early January meeting with Chelsea.

December games against Manchester United, Arsenal, West Ham and Man City will all be aired live on either BT Sport or Sky Sports, while Saints will now travel to Chelsea's Stamford Bridge on Wednesday 2nd January 2019 - a knock-on effect of other re-scheduling.

For an up-to-date fixture list, please click here.

Happy birthday Matt Le Tissier!

The club wished Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier a happy 50th birthday on Sunday 14th October, and celebrated by remembering his top 10 Saints goals (although we could have selected many many more).

All Saints Day returns for Watford visit

Southampton’s Premier League game against Watford, on Saturday 10th November, will mark the club’s annual All Saints Day fixture.

Each year, we remember players, staff, supporters, family members and loved ones connected to the club who have passed away in the previous 12 months with a designated tribute game. Click the below link for more information!

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