It's an FA Cup match day for Saints on Saturday, who host Championship side Huddersfield Town in the third round. Preview our first outing in the competition this season with our Match Pack, in association with eToro…
Southampton vs Huddersfield
Emirates FA Cup
St Mary’s Stadium
Saturday 4th January, 3.01pm GMT
All third-round ties will kick-off a minute later than planned to encourage fans to ‘Take A Minute’ to think about their mental health, as part of the Heads Up campaign.
Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistant Referees: Mark Scholes & Timothy Wood
Fourth Official: Christopher Sarginson
VAR: Jonathan Moss
Assistant VAR: Marc Perry
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
It’s a chance for Saints to go one better than last year at this stage of the competition, after having lost to Derby following a replay in 2019.
Southampton haven’t been eliminated in the third round in consecutive seasons since the late 90s and are unbeaten in their last five against Saturday’s opponents Huddersfield.
Taking a look at the wider picture, Saints are looking to make it five unbeaten following a successful festive period.
Huddersfield will be looking to overturn the unfortunate record of being winless in 11 away FA Cup fixtures against top flight opponents.
Last year also saw the Terriers eliminated at this stage of the competition, losing out 1-0 at Bristol City.
Saints manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has confirmed that he will make a few changes to the side that beat Tottenham on New Years Day, but insists he intends to field a team capable of beating Huddersfield in a tournament the club is taking seriously this season.
Hasenhüttl also added that some of the youngsters who have been involved this season, the likes of Will Smallbone being an example, are considerations for Saturday.
For Huddersfield Tommy Elphick, Alex Pritchard, Collin Quaner and Elias Kachunga were all out of their New Years Day defeat to Stoke City.
Jonathan Hogg can return to Danny Cowley’s side as his two-game suspension only covers league games.
Tottenham (h) 1-0 (Ings)
Crystal Palace (h) 1-1 (Ings)
Chelsea (a) 2-0 (Obafemi, Redmond)
Aston Villa (a) 3-1 (Ings 2, Stephens)
West Ham (h) 0-1
Stoke City (h) 2-5 (Mounie, Batth (og))
Blackburn (h) 2-1 (Stanković, Mounie)
Middlesbrough (a) 1-0
Nottingham Forest (h) 2-1 (Schindler, Mounie)
Wigan (a) 1-1 (Grant)
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “We have again only a few days to the next game, but the message is a clear one – we want to get to the next round. The FA Cup is a very important competition for us, like the Carabao Cup.
“We always played with the best possible team in the Carabao Cup. In some positions I have more alternatives and in some positions I have none, but we will find a team that is able to win against Huddersfield at home."
Danny Cowley: “They’re [Saints] on a fantastic run after a difficult result against Leicester. I’ll be interested to speak to them after and see what they’ve done differently off the back of that.
“Full respect for their management group and players for getting through that. No doubt they woke up very proud of beating Spurs. It’s a massive test for us. It’s been a marathon and this is the last mile so we need to sprint to the finish.”
ONES TO WATCH
Michael Obafemi: An exciting young forward who has flourished when given the opportunity already this season and is likely to feature on Saturday.
His goal against Chelsea typified the confidence Obafemi has going forward; the mixture of strength and pace being a nightmare for defences to contain.
James Ward-Prowse 4
Danny Ings 3
Sofiane Boufal 3
Karlan Grant – 12
Juniho Bacuna – 5
Steve Mounie - 3
Karlan Grant – 4
Lewis O’Brien – 3
Frazier Campbell – 2
HEAD TO HEAD
Played – 28
Saints – 12
Draw – 5
Huddersfield – 11
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
May 2019: Saints 1-1 Huddersfield (Redmond)
December 2018: Huddersfield 1-3 Saints (Redmond, Ings, Obafemi)
December 2017: Saints 1-1 Huddersfield (Austin)
August 2017: Huddersfield 0-0 Saints
December 2010: Saints 4-1 Huddersfield (Lambert, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jaidi, Chaplow)
DID YOU KNOW?
- This is the first ever meeting between Southampton and Huddersfield in the FA Cup
- In domestic cup competitions, Huddersfield have been beaten in their last eight ties against Premier League sides since beating Birmingham in the 2008 FA Cup
- The last time Saints lost to Huddersfield was in October 2010 in a League One meeting (2-0 away from home)
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