It's a big Premier League clash for Southampton on Saturday, as they visit Huddersfield Town. Get ready for it by checking out our in-depth preview, in association with SportPesa...
Huddersfield Town vs Southampton
John Smith’s Stadium
Saturday 22nd December
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistants: Ian Hussin, Andy Halliday
Fourth official: Jonathan Moss
WHAT KIT ARE SAINTS IN?
Southampton will be wearing their all-red third shirts in Saturday’s match, while the goalkeeper kit will be the green one.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
For Southampton, this is a chance to build on the wave of positivity that has swept over St Mary’s in response to Ralph Hasenhüttl’s appointment as manager and last weekend’s thrilling win over Arsenal.
It is also an opportunity to win back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since April 2017 and head into Christmas in a more comfortable position in the standings.
For both sides, it is a chance to land a big blow to an opponent close to them in the table, with 17th-place Saints two positions and two points above the Terriers.
Huddersfield: The Terriers are without the influential Aaron Mooy, with the midfielder expected to be out until February due to knee ligament damage. In a boost for Huddersfield, though, striker Steve Mounie is back from suspension.
Southampton: It's all good news for Saints this week, with Ralph Hasenhüttl reporting no fresh injury concerns, and detailing that a number of players who had been out with knocks have returned to training. It remains to be seen whether everyone who has been absent will be fit to return, but the boss has plenty of options for the trip to the Terriers.
Huddersfield’s last five:
Newcastle (h) L 0-1
Arsenal (a) L 0-1
Bournemouth (a) L 1-1
Brighton (h) L 1-2
Wolves (a) W 2-0
Southampton’s last five:
Arsenal (h) W 3-2
Cardiff (a) L 0-1
Tottenham (a) L 1-3
Manchester United (h) D 2-2
Leicester (a) D 0-0 (Lost 6-5 on pens) (Carabao Cup)
David Wagner: “Southampton are much more aggressive than before, play a higher line, and are on the front foot. I’ve seen the game against Arsenal and they had a little bit of the game that you need to win matches in the Premier League. They changed their style a little bit after they changed the manager, but there aren’t any big secrets that we expect on Saturday. We are aware what they are doing and hopefully we can find some areas where we can hurt them, whilst limiting the quality they have.”
Ralph Hasenhüttl: "Our big advantage against Arsenal was I think we surprised them a little bit about what formation we were starting with and that helped us a little bit, I think. The surprise factor is now gone, so now it's important to face a very, very aggressive opponent in a stadium that is really loud and with a good atmosphere, like in our stadium. We have to show ourselves and also show the opponent we are one step further in our development, because against Cardiff we didn't make it very well, so that's what we want to show ourselves and also our fans that are coming with us and supporting us."
Southampton: Danny Ings returned from injury with a bang, netting twice against Arsenal last weekend to take his tally for the season to seven goals. Left-back Matt Targett got his second assist of the season for the first of those efforts, while Nathan Redmond got a richly deserved first assist for the second.
Huddersfield: There’s no doubt the Terriers have had trouble scoring goals this season, with no player having netted more than two in the Premier League to date. Aaron Mooy, who netted a smart double in the recent win at Wolves and was a key man in Huddersfield’s survival last season, would have been one to watch, but he is sidelined through injury. Mathias Jorgensen is the other player to have scored two for David Wagner's side this term.
There hasn’t been too many between the teams over the years, and what there has been is split evenly.
Previous five meetings:
December 2017: Southampton 1-1 Huddersfield (Austin)
August 2017: Huddersfield 0-0 Southampton
December 2010: Southampton 4-1 Huddersfield (Lambert, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jaïdi, Chaplow)
October 2010: Huddersfield 2-0 Southampton
March 2010: Southampton 5-0 Huddersfield (Lambert, Barnard, Puncheon, Hammond, Waigo)
DID YOU KNOW?
Southampton striker Charlie Austin has had a hand in seven goals in eight league appearances against Huddersfield (five goals, two assists).
Southampton have won five of their last nine matches against Huddersfield in all competitions (W5 D2 L2).
But Huddersfield are unbeaten in their last three home games against Southampton (W2 D1), keeping a clean sheet in the last two.
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