Southampton return to St Mary's Stadium on Thursday as they play host to Brighton & Hove Albion. Get set for the Premier League encounter with our Match Pack in association with eToro...
Southampton vs Brighton & Hove Albion
St Mary’s Stadium
Thursday 16th July, 8.15pm BST
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Sian Massey-Ellis, Neil Davies
Fourth official: John Brooks
VAR: Andy Madley
Assistant VAR: Peter Kirkup
HOW TO WATCH
Thursday night’s south coast clash will be shown live on BT Sport 2, available to subscription holders on channel 417 (Sky).
Season Ticket holders without a subscription can watch the match for free courtesy of a 24 hour access code available via the BT Sport App.
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WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Unbeaten in their last four outings, Saints will be looking to continue their impressive streak of form when they return to St Mary’s.
Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side defeated high-flying Manchester City last time out in SO14, and will now look to complete the double over Brighton.
For the visitors, Premier League safety is yet to be mathematically confirmed, with the Seagulls currently sitting five points above the drop zone.
Preparing for a second match in four days, Saints have no fresh injury concerns following Monday’s trip to Manchester United.
The trio of Sofiane Boufal, Moussa Djenepo and Yan Valery are still set to miss out through injury, whilst Brighton will be without Steven Alzate and José Izquierdo with long-term injuries.
Man United (a) 2-2 (Armstrong, Obafemi)
Everton (a) 1-1 (Ings)
Man City (h) 1-0 (Adams)
Watford (a) 3-1 (Ings 2, Ward-Prowse)
Arsenal (h) 0-1
Man City (h) 0-5
Liverpool (h) 1-3 (Trossard)
Norwich (a) 1-0 (Trossard)
Man United (h) 0-3
Leicester (a) 0-0
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “He [Potter] has had a big impact on this team. It was definitely a big change [in style] so congratulations to him, he has done a really fantastic job.
“I really like to watch them playing football. I know they have had some problems getting results against some teams, but in every game I saw a clear game plan, which is what I really like to watch.”
Graham Potter: “They’ve done really well. The last few games, they’ve been really good from lockdown and have started well.
“I think they have been one of the teams of the season, to be honest, in terms of just recovering from that huge setback. Ralph has done a fantastic job.”
ONES TO WATCH
Stuart Armstrong: Since the restart, Armstrong has been central to Southampton’s impressive run of form.
Directly involved in five goals in his last six Premier League outings (two goals, three assists), the Scotland international continues to adapt to his attacking midfield role.
Leandro Trossard: The Belgian is the only Brighton player to have scored in the last five matches, registering strikes against Liverpool and Norwich.
Trossard has adapted well to the Premier League in his first season and will look to utilise his pace against Saints.
Danny Ings 22
Stuart Armstrong 5
Nathan Redmond 5
James Ward-Prowse 5
Ché Adams 4
Nathan Redmond 4
Neal Maupay 9
Leandro Trossard 5
Aaron Connolly 3
Leandro Trossard 4
Pascal Groß 3
Lewis Dunk 3
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
August 2019: Brighton 0-2 Saints (Djenepo, Redmond)
March 2019: Brighton 0-1 Saints (Højbjerg)
September 2018: Saints 2-2 Brighton (Højbjerg, Ings)
August 2018: Brighton 0-1 Saints (Austin)
January 2018: Saints 1-1 Brighton (Stephens)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton are unbeaten in all five of their Premier League meetings with Brighton (W2 D3). They’ve faced the Seagulls without defeat more than they have any other side in the competition.
- Southampton have won four of their six midweek (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) Premier League matches this season.
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