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Southampton vs Watford
Saturday 10th November, 3pm GMT
Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistants: Richard West, Harry Lennard
Fourth official: Andre Marriner
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
This is a game of huge significance for Saints, who will look to respond to their 6-1 defeat at Manchester City last weekend and kick-start their season after going seven games without a win.
The hosts' record against Watford bodes well, winning five and drawing four of their last ten games in all competitions.
Javi Gracia’s men arrive at St Mary’s enjoying their best ever start to a top-flight campaign, but will be looking to bounce back themselves following a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle last weekend.
Southampton: Wesley Hoedt is a doubt with an infection in his foot, with Mark Hughes revealing he did not train with the team at St Mary’s on Thursday. There is also a slight doubt over Mario Lemina, but he should be available.
Watford: Troy Deeney is likely to return to the squad after a hamstring injury, while Tom Cleverley has returned to training but is not being considered for this one following a long injury lay-off.
Manchester City (a) L 1-6
Newcastle (h) D 0-0
Bournemouth (a) D 0-0
Chelsea (h) L 0-3
Everton (a) D 1-1 (Won on penalties) (Carabao Cup)
Newcastle (a) L 0-1
Huddersfield (h) W 3-0
Wolves (a) W 2-0
AFC Bournemouth (h) L 0-4
Arsenal (a) L 0-2
Mark Hughes: "There's been good determination, and also a little bit of anger I think, and a little bit of frustration. There were things in the Manchester City game that we needed to understand and recognise so that we can learn from it in games, and that's what we've talked about and worked on this week.”
Javi Gracia: “I am sure Southampton will be very strong. We need to pay attention, to give our best because I am sure they are going to press very high. They keep the good players they had from last season and they have a good squad. They need the result, they need the points and they will be very, very dangerous.”
Etienne Capoue has been a standout performer so far this season, but will miss this one due to an accumulation of yellow cards. His midfield partner Abdoulaye Doucoure has been equally influential though with four assists and 598 passes. Roberto Pererya leads the way in the goalscoring charts for the Hornets.
Nathan Redmond’s record in recent clashes against Saturday’s opposition will no doubt give him confidence, with Danny Ings registering his fifth goal of the season against Manchester City from the spot.
Last five meetings…
January 2018: Southampton 1-0 Watford (Stephens)
January 2018: Watford 2-2 Southampton (Ward-Prowse 2)
September 2017: Southampton 0-2 Watford
March 2017: Watford 3-4 Southampton (Tadić, Redmond 2, Gabbiadini)
August 2016: Southampton 1-1 Watford (Redmond)
DID YOU KNOW?
• Only one of Southampton’s 21 home league meetings with Watford has ended in a draw (1-1 in August 2016), with Saints winning 14 to Watford’s six.
• Southampton winger Nathan Redmond has been involved in five goals in his last four Premier League appearances against Watford (4 goals, 1 assist).
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