Match Pack: Watford vs Saints

By SFC Media Mon 22 Apr Watford v Saints

Get set for Southampton’s last midweek fixture of the season, as Saints prepare to make the short trip to Watford on Tuesday night, by checking out our Match Pack in association with SportPesa…

Get set for Southampton’s last midweek fixture of the season, as Saints prepare to make the short trip to Watford on Tuesday night, by checking out our Match Pack in association with SportPesa…

THE MATCH

Watford vs Southampton
Premier League
Vicarage Road
Tuesday 23rd April, 7.45pm BST

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: Ian Hussin, Dan Robathan
Fourth official: Lee Probert

WHAT KIT ARE SAINTS WEARING?

Southampton will be in their red third strip, last worn in the 1-0 win at Brighton last month.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Watford are well placed in the race for seventh, level on points with Everton with a game in hand.

If the Hornets fail to upset the odds against Man City in next month’s FA Cup final, they will still qualify for Europe by finishing in the coveted ‘best of the rest’ seventh spot.

Saints remain five points clear of the Premier League drop zone. This is their game in hand on Cardiff, who currently occupy the final relegation place, with Huddersfield and Fulham already down.

Victory would take Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side to 39 points, eight clear with three games to go, virtually guaranteeing the team’s survival.

TEAM NEWS

Watford: The hosts are still without Troy Deeney, who serves the second match of his ban after he was shown a straight red card in Watford’s last home game against Arsenal.

Roberto Pereyra is a doubt with the hip injury that forced him out of the weekend win at Huddersfield.

Southampton: Jannik Vestergaard and Yan Valery will be assessed after the pair missed Saturday’s trip to Newcastle with injury and illness respectively.

Ralph Hasenhüttl will also have an eye on the fitness of Mario Lemina, who came through his first appearance in four months as a second-half substitute at St James’ Park.

FORM GUIDE

Watford’s last five:


Huddersfield (a) W 2-1 (Deulofeu 2)
Arsenal (h) L 0-1
Wolves (n) W 3-2 AET (Deulofeu 2, Deeney) (Emirates FA Cup semi-final)
Watford (h) W 4-1 (Doucouré, Hughes, Deeney, Femenía)
Man Utd (a) L 1-2 (Doucouré)

Southampton’s last five:

Newcastle (a) L 1-3 (Lemina)
Wolves (h) W 3-1 (Redmond 2, Long)
Liverpool (h) L 1-3 (Long)
Brighton (a) W 1-0 (Højbjerg)
Tottenham (h) W 2-1 (Valery, Ward-Prowse)

THE MANAGERS

Javi Gracia:
 "I'm not thinking if we are going to be able to keep our position or not. I prefer to be focused on our next game.

“This is the only way. At the end of the season, we can achieve something really special for us.”

Ralph Hasenhüttl: "There's not a lot of time to work on new stuff, so it's about good recovery and then we go to Watford to make it better than on Saturday.

"It will be again a very aggressive game and so we must show up from the beginning, with more aggressivity against the ball and aggression if we have the ball, and better transition forward and more speed in our game”.”

TOP PERFORMERS

Gerard Deulofeu has been a major source of goals for Watford of late, scoring eight in his last nine games, including a hat-trick and two braces.

In the absence of joint top scorer Deeney, Spanish winger Deulofeu, who also has 11 in total this season, will set his sights on moving to the top of the Hornets’ scoring charts.

Nathan Redmond’s eight goals this season have all been scored since Hasenhüttl took over in December. Watford are his favourite opponent with four goals and three assists in ten previous appearances against them. 

The wide man is tied with Danny Ings at the top of the Saints scoring charts, who is inching closer to full match sharpness after eight weeks on the sidelines. 

Danny Ings
Attack stats
Goals
8
Total shots
43
Shots on target
23
Conversion rate
18%
Mins per goal
194
See all stats

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Played: 
52
Southampton: 22
Draws: 12
Watford: 18

Previous five meetings:

November 2018:
 Southampton 1-1 Watford (Gabbiadini)
January 2018: Southampton 1-0 Watford (Stephens) (Emirates FA Cup fourth round)
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)

DID YOU KNOW?

- Southampton have lost only one of their past 11 meetings with Watford in all competitions (W5, D5).

- Watford’s most recent home victory against Southampton was a 3-2 win in the Championship back in September 2007.

- Watford have conceded in each of their past eight Premier League games, the longest current run in the competition.

- Four of Southampton’s last five Premier League away goals have been scored from outside the box. 

NOT AT THE GAME?

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