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Brighton vs Southampton
Saturday 24th August, 3pm BST
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: Matthew Wilkes, Andy Garratt
Fourth official: Oli Langford
VAR: Lee Mason
Assistant VAR: Mark Scholes
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Southampton return to the Amex Stadium, where Saints were twice victorious last season, looking to get off the mark in the Premier League after defeats to Burnley and Liverpool.
Brighton have started well under new boss Graham Potter, securing an impressive 3-0 win at Watford before a 1-1 home draw with West Ham last time out.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has a fully-fit squad to choose from, with Alex McCarthy recovering from the minor injury that forced him to miss the Liverpool clash last time out.
Hasenhüttl was pleased with the impact of attacking substitutes Danny Ings, Stuart Armstrong and Moussa Djenepo in that game, while new signing Kevin Danso is another option at the back.
Brighton have no fresh injury concerns, but Jose Izquierdo, Yves Bissouma and Ezequiel Schelotto remain sidelined.
Summer signing Leandro Trossard was the star last time out, and the Belgian winger will hope to build on scoring his first Premier League goal against the Hammers.
Pre-season results included
Liverpool (h) L 1-2 (Ings)
Burnley (a) L 0-3
FC Köln (h) W 2-0 (Ings pen, Højbjerg)
Feyenoord (a) W 3-1 (Adams, Yoshida, Boufal)
Guangzhou R&F (n) W 4-0 (Adams, Long, Valery, Klarer)
West Ham (h) D 1-1 (Trossard)
Watford (a) W 3-0 (Doucouré o.g., Andone, Maupay)
Valencia (h) W 2-1 (Murray pen, Duffy)
Birmingham (a) W 4-0 (Murray, Locadia, Duffy 2)
Fulham (a) L 1-2 (Gross)
Ralph Hasenhüttl: "It was important to see that we had a reaction after the Burnley game. I think it was much better against Liverpool. But, even then, the chance was there to take something and we didn't.
"I don't want to say this is more pressure, because we give ourselves the most pressure. We want to take points consistently, and so far, we haven’t, and that means we want to go to Brighton and show a reaction.”
Graham Potter: "I think it will be our toughest game so far this weekend. Every single game is a big fight for us to take points, we don't think too much about what's predicted to happen.
"Southampton have an idea of how they want to play and they're well-organised. They have a few systems but we've experienced that already, for us it's about understanding the concepts of their play rather than the numbers."
ONE TO WATCH
Nathan Redmond: Saints’ Player of the Year last season remains a key attacking threat, particularly on the counter-attack.
Redmond bagged nine goals and six assists last term, and came close to scoring on the opening weekend at Burnley.
Leandro Trossard: The new arrival has already made a big impact, scoring his first goal last time out against West Ham after seeing one ruled out by VAR earlier in the game.
Manager Potter has been keen to implement a more expansive, attacking style at the Amex, and Trossard’s exciting wing play is symbolic of that.
Based on 2018/19 stats, inclusive of all competitions
Nathan Redmond 9
Danny Ings 8
James Ward-Prowse 7
Nathan Redmond 6
Danny Ings 3
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg 3
Glenn Murray 15
Shane Duffy 5
Florin Andone 5
Anthony Knockaert 6
Solly March 5
Pascal Gross 3
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
March 2019: Brighton 0-1 Saints (Højbjerg)
September 2018: Saints 2-2 Brighton (Højbjerg, Ings pen)
August 2018: Brighton 0-1 Saints (Austin) (Carabao Cup)
January 2018: Saints 1-1 Brighton (Stephens)
October 2017: Brighton 1-1 Saints (Davis)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Brighton have won only one of their last 10 matches with Southampton in all competitions (W1, D5, L4), which was back in January 2012 in the Championship.
- Southampton are unbeaten in their last seven top-flight meetings with Brighton since a 2-0 defeat at the Goldstone Ground in December 1981 (W2, D5).
- Brighton, who have picked up four points from six in 2019/20, have never opened a top-flight campaign by remaining unbeaten in their opening three games.
- Brighton haven’t scored more than once in any of their last 13 Premier League home games, netting just eight goals in the process.
- Brighton boss Graham Potter will become the sixth person to manage a Premier League game against Southampton having previously played for Saints in the competition (also Micky Adams, Iain Dowie, Mark Hughes, Garry Monk and Peter Reid).
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