Monday Briefing: June 22

By SFC Media time Mon 22 Jun Club
Photo by Matt Watson

Southampton have returned to action in style, and St Mary's prepares for its first competitive fixture since early March - it's official, the Premier League is back!

PREMIER LEAGUE IS BACK!

Saints returned to action in style with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Norwich City at the weekend, opening up a 10-point gap between themselves and the Premier League drop zone.

Following a 104-day absence from competitive football, three second-half goals secured maximum points for Saints, with top scorer Danny Ings taking his seasonal league tally to 16 goals.

Stuart Armstrong, who was lively throughout, notched the second before Nathan Redmond put the gloss on a slick Saints performance - giving a nod to the Black Lives Matter movement with a poignant celebration.

SAINTS POISED FOR ST MARY'S RETURN

It's another busy week for Ralph Hasenhüttl's side, who will make a long-anticipated return to St Mary's Stadium this Thursday, hosting Arsenal (6pm BST).

The Gunners have made a less than productive start to their Premier League return, losing out to both Man City and Brighton and Hove Albion in their first two fixtures back.

Saints will have to contend with two games in the space of four short days this week, with a trip to Watford also planned for Sunday (4:30pm BST).

Both fixtures will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, and you can follow all the build-up and in-play updates across all Southampton FC channels.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 12: Stuart Armstrong (L) and Will Smallbone (R) during a friendly match between Southampton FC and Bristol City, ahead of the Premier League re-start, at St Mary's Stadium on June 12, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Will Smallbone and Stu Armstrong during a friendly fixture against Bristol City last week, staged at St Mary's Stadium

2020/21 SEASON TICKET INFORMATION

Southampton Football Club Season Tickets for the 2020/21 campaign are on sale now.

As announced last week, the club has once again frozen renewal prices and introduced The Saints Promise – a series of commitments to fans should any matches need to be played without supporters in attendance.

The club is greatly appreciative of the patience shown by its fanbase in these uncertain times, and we want our supporters to be comfortable in the knowledge that their seat will be ready for them when a return to St Mary’s is allowed.

PLAYERS SUPPORT NHS AND BLACK LIVES MATTER

As Premier League matches resumed this week, players from all football clubs up and down the country wore shirts carrying NHS and Black Lives Matter messaging.

Southampton stands firmly with the Premier League and alongside players, clubs, the FA, EFL, PFA, LMA, PGMOL and all those who oppose discrimination in any form.

NORWICH, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Nathan Redmond(R) of Southampton celebrates his goal with Danny Ings(L) during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Southampton FC at Carrow Road on June 19, 2020 in Norwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Nathan Redmond's poignant celebration following his goal against Norwich

LOAN UPDATES

Tottenham Hotspur loanee Kyle Walker-Peters will remain at St Mary's until the end of the 2019/20 campaign, the club has confirmed.

The full-back has extended his loan spell for Southampton's remaining eight games, and is eligible to feature against Arsenal this Thursday.

Midfielder Harrison Reed, on loan at Fulham, has also extended his deal and will remain with the London-based side until their Championship campaign reaches its conclusion.

FREE NOW TV PASSES FOR SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

Season Ticket Holders are being given the opportunity to watch Saints matches shown on Sky Sports for free, thanks to NOW TV.

Holders, who are aged 18 or over, have a UK address and are opted in to receive emails will be emailed two NOW TV 24-hour passes, allowing them to watch any of the club's games broadcast on Sky Sports until the end of the current campaign.

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NORWICH, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Danny Ings(centre) of Southampton celenrates his goal during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Southampton FC at Carrow Road on June 19, 2020 in Norwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Danny Ings in the hunt for this season's Premier League Golden Boot

SAINTS LIVE: Our new online matchday shows

Premier League action has officially returned for Saints, and with it comes a new live matchday show on the club’s digital channels!

Saints Live will broadcast before and after each of the remaining eight games for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s team, as we deliver the team news and bring you all the best preview and reaction to the matches while you follow from home.

Make sure you tune in this Thursday with hosts Kenzie Benali and Steve Forbes, and special guests Dean Hammond and former Daily Echo sports writer Adam Leitch.

FIRST THREE JULY FIXTURES CONFIRMED

Dates and times have been confirmed for Southampton's upcoming Premier League meetings with Manchester City, Everton and Manchester United in early July.

Following fixtures against Arsenal and Watford in late June, Ralph Hasenhüttl's side will then host Manchester City, before travelling to Goodison Park and Old Trafford respectively.

Each fixture will be broadcast live by a different provider, with the City clash selected as one of the BBC's four televised games. Click here to view the full fixture list.

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