Match Preview: Saints vs 1. FC Köln

By SFC Media Fri 02 Aug Saints v FC Koln
Photo by Matt Watson | Ché Adams

Take a look through our match preview as Southampton round off their Premier League preparations with a final pre-season friendly, against German visitors 1. FC Köln at St Mary's...

THE MATCH

Saints vs 1. FC Köln
Pre-season friendly
St Mary’s Stadium
Saturday 3rd August, 3pm BST

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Jon Moss
Assistants: Marc Perry, Eddie Smart
Fourth official: Peter Bankes

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Saints return to St Mary’s after three months away, hosting German opposition for the third pre-season in succession.

It’s the last of five friendlies for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men, who have won three and drawn one of the previous four.

“The break (away from St Mary’s) was long but now it comes to an end, which is good,” Hasenhüttl said.

“The last weeks have been very intense but we must be fresh for the last test at home.

“Then we have one more week before we start – hopefully in a good shape.”

Summer signing Moussa Djenepo has started training with his new teammates this week

Visitors FC Köln, promoted from the second tier of German football last season, racked up the goals in their first two friendlies, but have lost two of their last three.

The Billy Goats, as they are known, were victorious last time they faced an English side competitively – a 1-0 victory over Arsenal in the 2017/18 Europa League.

FORM GUIDE:

Saints friendlies:


Feyenoord (a) W 3-1 (Adams 2, Boufal)
Guangzhou R&F (n) W 4-0 (Adams, Long, Valery, Klarer)
Preston (a) W 3-1 (Ings 2, Vokins)
SCR Altach (a) D 1-1 (Adams)

Köln friendlies:

Villarreal (h) L 1-3 (Terodde)
Bologna (n) W 3-1 (Kainz 2, Churlinov)
Werder Bremen (a) L 0-1 
Reutlingen (a) W 5-1 (Cordoba 3, Risse, own goal)
Frechen (a) W 7-1 (Modeste 2, Sobiech, Cordoba, Churlinov, Risse, Terodde)

TICKETS:

Adults: £12
Over-65s/18-25: £7
Under-18s: £2
Under-11s: £1

Prices will increase on the day of the game, to the following:

Adults: £15
Over-65s/18-25: £10
Under-18s: £5

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