Monday Briefing: 9th September

By SFC Media time Mon 09 Sep Club
Photo by Matt Watson

Get up to speed on all the latest news from St Mary's as we get set to host the Three Lions before the Premier League returns on Saturday.

Saints’ internationals set for action

Three Southampton players could be involved for their respective nations today as the international action begins to draw to a close.

Kevin Danso was on target for Austria Under-21s from the penalty spot when they met Andorra four days ago and is likely to be involved again when they meet Albania at 3pm BST.

Stuart Armstrong’s Scotland host Belgium (7.45pm BST) in a must-win clash following their 1-2 defeat to Russia on Friday night. Armstrong watched on as John McGinn opened the scoring, before strikes from Artem Dzyuba and a Stephen O’Donnell own goal left them six points adrift of their opponents in Group I.

Elsewhere, Jan Bednarek and Poland will be looking to bounce back after their Euro 2020 qualifying defeat to Slovenia, when they host Austria.

Sold out St Mary’s set to host England qualifier

England face Kosovo at St Mary’s Stadium on Tuesday night in their first competitive home game away from Wembley since 2006, and their first on the south coast since 2002.

The Three Lions were held to a 2-2 draw by Macedonia in a European Championship qualifier on that occasion under the stewardship of Sven Goran Eriksson.

Gareth Southgate’s men, who trained at Staplewood Campus over the weekend, ran out 4-0 winners against Bulgaria on Saturday thanks to a Harry Kane hat-trick and a Raheem Sterling effort.

Saints Women record victory at Swindon

Shannon Albuery during the FA Women's National League, Div One South West match between Southampton FC Women and Swindon Town, at the Fairford Town Football Club, 8th September 2019 (pic by Isabelle Field)
Shannon Albuery celebrates the first goal of her brace at Swindon (Photo: Isabelle Field)

Southampton Women made it three wins from four in the FA Women’s National League as they continued an impressive unbeaten start to the 2019/20 campaign.

Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s side had to patient after being kept at bay in the first-half by a stubborn Swindon Town resistance, before four goals after the break earned them all three points.

Shannon Albuery scored twice, with further strikes from Caitlin Morris and Georgie Freeland.

Back in Premier League action

Saints return to Premier League action this weekend as they take on Sheffield United at Bramall Lane (3pm BST).

Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side will be looking to make it back-to-back wins on the road, after their 2-0 success at Brighton.

Last time out, Jannik Vestergaard’s first Saints goal helped earned a valuable point against Manchester United at St Mary’s.

Portsmouth tickets on sale tomorrow

Tickets for Southampton’s trip to face Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup third round go on sale tomorrow to 2019/20 Season Ticket holders who have attended 10+ away games since the beginning of the 2018/19 season*

This includes all competitive away games in the 2018/19 season as well as the away matches this season against Burnley, Brighton and Fulham (Sheffield United & Tottenham Hotspur are not included).

If you can’t make it to Fratton Park, Saints will be hosting screenings of the match at St Mary's. To find out more about the three packages, click here.

Under-23s travel to Tottenham

Saints’ youngsters return to Premier League 2 action this Friday when they travel to face Tottenham Hotspur (12pm).

Radhi Jaïdi’s side were on the receiving end of late drama in the Trophy last time out, when they lost 3-2 to League Two side Forest Green Rovers.

The young Saints took a first-half lead through Harlem Hale’s cool finish, before Matty Stevens drew the hosts level.

Rovers then took a 71st-minute lead through substitute Dayle Grubb, only for Dan N’Lundulu to strike back as Saints showed their spirit.

But Stevens was in the right place at the right time to secure maximum points for the League Two side with a poacher’s goal at the death.

Under-18s face Fulham

Paul Hardyman’s Under-18s visit Fulham at Motspur Park on Saturday morning (11am BST) as they look to make it back-to-back victories in the Under-18 Premier League.

Saints were good value for a 1-0 success at Arsenal in the last contest, as substitute Callum Watts struck a late winner from Seamas Keogh’s square pass.


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