Get set for another action-packed week for Southampton Football Club in our latest Monday Briefing...
Saints set for south coast derby
Tomorrow Southampton return to action with a much-anticipated Carabao Cup third round trip to Portsmouth for the first south coast derby since 2012.
The tie is already sold out for away supporters, with a place in the last 16 of the competition up for grabs.
Supporters heading to Fratton Park should consult our Fan information guide to help plan their evening.
Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men will be looking to bounce back from Friday’s 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth – Saints’ first loss in five matches.
Saints pay tribute to Leon Crouch
Former chairman Leon Crouch was remembered ahead of the Premier League encounter with Bournemouth at St Mary’s.
A lifelong Saints supporter, Crouch twice served as chairman, helping to keep the club afloat during one of the most troubled times in its history.
Mr Crouch also funded the Ted Bates statue that has stood proudly outside the stadium since 2008, in memory of the club’s legendary former player, manager, director and president.
Supporters, players and staff joined in with a minute’s applause before kick-off in his honour.
Under-23s beaten at St Mary’s
Radhi Jaïdi’s Under-23s returned to the scene of their Premier League 2 Division Two play-off success for the first time as they hosted Chelsea at St Mary’s on Saturday.
The Blues lead the way in Division One and started with England international Callum Hudson-Odoi in their ranks, who opened the scoring in the second half.
Clinton Mola added a controversial second goal, with his header adjudged to have crossed the line before Saints could clear the danger.
Under-18s fall to Spurs defeat
A goal in each half earned Tottenham maximum points in the Under-18 Premier League on Saturday morning.
Tarrelle Whittaker and Kallum Cesay were on target for the Londoners just either side of the interval at Staplewood.
Paul Hardyman’s side return to action with a trip to Manchester City on Saturday, while Jaïdi’s Under-23s are at Wolves on Friday night.
Women continue relentless form
There was no let up from Southampton FC Women on Sunday, who ran out 4-0 winners at home to Cheltenham Town to stay top of the FA Women’s National League Division One South West.
Saints raced into a three-goal first-half lead through goals from Shannon Sievwright, Ella Pusey and Kirsty Whitton, before Rachel Panting added a late fourth.
Cheltenham were the nearest challengers to Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s side, who have dropped just two points to date this season.
Watford clash moved for TV coverage
Saints’ Premier League meeting with Watford on Saturday 30th November will now be screened live on Sky Sports.
The original date of the fixture still stands, but kick-off has been moved back to the later time of 5.30pm GMT.
Quique Sanchez Flores has recently returned for a second stint as manager of the Hornets, who are still searching for a first win of the league season.
Chelsea and Leicester tickets on sale
Tickets for Saints’ upcoming home games against Chelsea and Leicester are currently on sale.
The match against Chelsea on Sunday 6th October is a Category A fixture, with tickets on general sale.
The visit of Leicester to St Mary’s on Friday 25th October is a Category B clash currently available to Official Saints+ Members.
The game will go on sale to Official Saints Members from Thursday and general sale from Monday 30th September.
Junior Members buying in the family area, Itchen South and Wings will pay just £1 for a ticket, with Memberships available for £25.
In terms of away games, Saturday’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is sold out. Wolves on Saturday 19th October is currently on sale to 2019/20 Season Ticket Holders and will go on general sale from Thursday.
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