Monday Briefing: May 6th

By SFC Media time Mon 06 May Club
Photo by James Bridle | St Mary's Stadium

There's a hectic week in store at St Mary's as the 2018/19 season draws to a close. Here's the latest from across the levels at Southampton Football Club...

Saints beaten on final away day

It was to be an unhappy trip to the capital as Southampton’s last away game of the season ended in defeat at West Ham.

The hosts ran out 3-0 winners at the London Stadium, with Marko Arnautović bagging a brace – just as he did in the corresponding fixture last season.

Saints remain 16th in the Premier League table with one game still to play.

St Mary’s braced for season finale

Saints will sign off for 2018/19 when Huddersfield Town visit St Mary’s on the final day of the season this Sunday (3pm kick-off BST).

Victory would take Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men beyond the coveted 40-point mark, and will see the team climb a place to 15th in the final table should Burnley fail to beat Arsenal at Turf Moor.

“We want to show our fans that we can finish with a good win for them,” said Hasenhüttl. Limited tickets remain available for the game online.

Under-23s into play-off final

Southampton Under-23s will host Newcastle United in the Premier League 2 Division 2 play-off final.

Radhi Jaïdi’s side defeated Aston Villa 2-0 on Friday night to book the winner-takes-all clash with the Magpies.

Saints are granted home advantage due to their superior league position, with tickets to be released online in advance of the fixture once a date and kick-off time is confirmed.

Player of the Year awards tomorrow

It’s an action-packed week at the stadium, which will host the annual Player of the Year awards ceremony tomorrow evening (Tuesday, 7pm BST).

The first-team squad and coaching staff will be in attendance for the event, in which eight awards will be handed out.

Voting has now closed for the Fans’ Player of the Year accolade, but supporters will be able to vote for their Goal of the Season on the night.

Saints to hold open training session

Ralph Hasenhüttl has invited Saints fans to attend an open training session at St Mary’s on Wednesday evening (6-8pm BST).

The manager will be on a microphone throughout, giving supporters a unique insight into what goes on behind closed doors, and will answer questions, along with a selection of players, at the end of the session.

Tickets must be pre-booked for the event, and are available online.

Long up for Premier League award

Shane Long has been nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month award for April.

It was a month to remember for the Irishman, whose four goals in five games helped secure Saints’ survival, including the 50th of his Premier League career, against Liverpool, and the fastest in the competition’s history, at Watford.

Voting is now closed, with the winner set to be announced tomorrow.

St Mary’s to host England again

St Mary’s has been chosen as the venue for England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo on Tuesday 10th September, at 7.45pm BST.

It will be the Three Lions’ first competitive home game away from Wembley since 2006, and marks their first return to Southampton since 2002.

Full ticketing details can be found online.

Benali completes IronFran challenge

Saints legend Franny Benali last night crossed the finish line at the end of his epic IronFran 2019 challenge.

Benali rode into Guildhall Square at around 9.15pm to huge cheers from hundreds of supporters, completing the final leg of the seventh ironman triathlon of the week.

The 50-year-old is closing in on his £1m target in money raised for Cancer Research UK. Help him get there by texting FRAN5 or FRAN10 to 70200, to donate £5 or £10, or visit ironfran.co.uk for any other amount.

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