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Sheffield United vs Southampton
Saturday 14th September, 3pm BST
Referee: Lee Mason
Assistants: Marc Perry, Mark Scholes
Fourth official: Ben Toner
VAR: John Brooks
Assistant VAR: Darren Cann
WHICH KIT WILL SAINTS BE WEARING?
Hosts Sheffield United will don their traditional red and white striped shirts, black shorts and red socks, meaning Saints will travel with their dark grey and yellow away strip.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Southampton enjoyed a productive end to the month of August, recording back-to-back away wins at Brighton and Fulham before fighting back to earn a point against Manchester United at St Mary’s.
Saints are one of five Premier League clubs with four points from four games, one behind Sheffield United, who boast the same tally as Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea.
The Blades tasted victory in their first home game of the campaign, against Crystal Palace, along with impressive draws away at Bournemouth and most recently Chelsea, having trailed in both matches.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl confirmed the game comes too soon for Nathan Redmond, who is still recovering from an ankle knock he picked up in the Carabao Cup win at Fulham.
Kevin Danso, sent off against Manchester United, serves a one-match ban, but Ryan Bertrand and Michael Obafemi are back in contention.
Moussa Djenepo is still a doubt, having missed the United draw with injury, but Hasenhüttl will give the winger every chance to prove his fitness.
Hasenhüttl’s opposite number, Chris Wilder, has a trio of injury concerns of his own.
Republic of Ireland duo and Blades front pairing David McGoldrick and Callum Robinson withdrew from the Irish squad in midweek with shoulder and hamstring problems respectively.
McGoldrick, Robinson and midfielder John Fleck could all be available in time to face Saints, but Wilder will need to make a late decision on their fitness.
Man Utd (h) D 1-1 (Vestergaard)
Fulham (a) W 1-0 (Obafemi) (Carabao Cup)
Brighton (a) W 2-0 (Djenepo, Redmond)
Liverpool (h) L 1-2 (Ings)
Burnley (a) L 0-3
Chelsea (a) D 2-2 (Robinson, Zouma o.g.)
Blackburn (h) W 2-1 (Stearman, Norwood) (Carabao Cup)
Leicester (h) L 1-2 (McBurnie)
Crystal Palace (h) W 1-0 (Lundstram)
Bournemouth (a) D 1-1 (Sharp)
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “I think we’ve built up our self-confidence. In the last game against Man United with one man down in the last 20 minutes, it was important we took a point.
“It (Sheffield United) is an interesting club with a good atmosphere and huge stands, with an interesting way to play football. It’s a club that fits well into the Premier League, so for us it will be a very interesting game.”
Chris Wilder: “I think it’s been a great start for us. I was looking for consistent performances and we’re being as competitive as we can.
“We need to cut out some mistakes from a team point of view, but we’ve deserved every point we’ve got.”
ONE TO WATCH
Ché Adams: Summer signing Adams returns to his former club, where he made his professional debut against Saints back in 2014.
The striker, who scored 22 goals in the Championship last season, is yet to get off the mark in the Premier League but will be itching to make an impact back on his old stomping ground.
Oliver Norwood: Something of an unsung hero at the heart of the Blades midfield, a lot of United’s play goes through Norwood.
A former Manchester United youth player, he likes to get on the ball and initiate attacks from deep with his impressive eye for a pass.
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
Billy Sharp 24
David McGoldrick 15
Mark Duffy 6
John Fleck 10
Oliver Norwood 8
Enda Stevens 6
HEAD TO HEAD
Sheff Utd 25
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
December 2014: Sheff Utd 1-0 Saints (Capital One Cup)
February 2009: Saints 1-2 Sheff Utd (Surman)
October 2008: Sheff Utd 0-0 Saints
May 2008: Saints 3-2 Sheff Utd (Saganowski, John 2)
October 2017: Sheff Utd 1-2 Saints (Rasiak, Viafara)
DID YOU KNOW?
- This will be the first Premier League meeting between Sheffield United and Saints since March 1994, a 0-0 draw at Bramall Lane.
- Saints have won their last two away games in all competitions without conceding a goal – they last won three on the road without conceding back in March 1986.
- Saints are looking to win consecutive away Premier League matches for the first time since March 2017 under Claude Puel.
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