Monday Briefing: October 12th

By SFC Media time Mon 12 Oct Club
Photo by Chris Moorhouse

Southampton's first team were not in action over the weekend, but it's still been a busy time for the club over the past seven days...

Chelsea and Villa games on pay-per-view

Following a meeting of shareholders, the Premier League has confirmed all fixtures until the end of October will continue to be made available for fans to watch live in the United Kingdom.

The five matches per round not already selected will be made available to supporters on a pay-per-view basis, accessed via BT Sport Box Office and Sky Sports Box Office platforms.

As a result of the update, two of Saints’ upcoming matches have been chosen for pay-per-view broadcast:

Saturday 17th October: Chelsea vs Saints (3pm BST) – Live on BT Sport Box Office
Sunday 1st November: Aston Villa vs Saints (12noon GMT) – Live on Sky Sports Box Office

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Hasenhüttl excited by Walcott and Diallo arrivals

Saints manager Ralph Hasenhüttl was delighted to add a mixture of youth and experience to his squad after making moves for Ibrahima Diallo and Theo Walcott.

Diallo, a 21-year-old French midfielder, has signed a four-year contract from Ligue 1 side Brest, earning praise from the boss for his ability to read the game.

Walcott, 31, is one of Saints’ most successful Academy graduates, and returns to the club on a season-long loan from Everton almost 15 years since departing the south coast for Arsenal as a teenager.

Quartet depart on deadline day

Transfer deadline day saw four players depart St Mary’s, either on loan or permanent deals.

Sofiane Boufal has joined French top-flight side Angers, while Guido Carrillo has signed for Elche in Spain, both on free transfers.

Dutch defender Wesley Hoedt has returned to Lazio on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy, while youngster Christoph Klarer has completed a permanent transfer to German club Fortuna Düsseldorf.

Ings nets first England goal in style

Danny Ings celebrated his first start for England by scoring his first international goal with a spectacular overhead kick, as the Three Lions triumphed 3-0 against Wales at Wembley.

The Southampton striker played the full 90 minutes, starting the game on the right side of an England front three, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin occupying the centre-forward berth.

Saints’ No 9, wearing 10 for his country, improvised superbly to open his account with an acrobatic finish from six yards, joining Calvert-Lewin and Conor Coady on the scoresheet, as three players scored their first England goals on the same night for the first time since 1963.

International action continues

Three nights of international action remain this week, each involving Southampton players.

Ibrahima Diallo will hope to feature for France against Slovakia this evening in a qualifier for next year’s European Under-21 Championship, while Irish quartet Michael Obafemi, Will Smallbone, Will Ferry and Tom O’Connor could be involved against Italy Under-21s tomorrow.

Tuesday’s action also sees Moussa Djenepo’s Mali face Iran in a friendly, while Danny Ings, James Ward-Prowse and Jannik Vestergaard could face off when England host Denmark in the Nations League on Wednesday. Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) and Jan Bednarek (Poland) also have games on Wednesday.

Armstrong self-isolating after COVID-19 test

Southampton Football Club can confirm midfielder Stuart Armstrong has tested positive for COVID-19.

The midfielder returned a negative test for COVID-19 on arrival with the Scottish National Team on Monday but the supplementary UEFA test returned a positive result.

The 28-year-old is now self-isolating in line with government guidance, and the club is taking sensible precautions at Staplewood Campus whilst offering Stuart our full support.

Women see off Exeter

Southampton FC Women extended their unbeaten league run to four games following a comfortable 3-0 victory over Exeter City at the Snows Stadium on Sunday.

The opening goal came courtesy of a fine finish from Lucia Kendell, who slotted home calmly from close range following a superb run from Alisha Ware on 20 minutes.

A powerful run down the right and a driven cross from substitute Kelly Snook was deflected into the roof of her own net by Exeter’s Anthea Kaptien early in the second half, before Rachel Panting sealed the win late on.

Hampshire FA Senior Cup semi-final date confirmed

The date for the 2019/20 Hampshire FA Senior Cup semi-final has been announced, with Southampton's B team travelling to Eastleigh on Monday 2nd November (7.45pm GMT).

The fixture, originally scheduled to be played back in March prior to the country's lockdown period, will take place at the Silverlake Stadium next month.

Saints defeated National League South side Havant and Waterlooville 3-1 at AFC Totton's Snows Stadium in the previous round. 

Saints launch new Ath-Tech range

Get yourself kitted out in the brand new Saints Ath-Tech range – great-looking gym gear designed to help you get the most out of your workout.

Whether you’re hitting the gym or pounding the pavement, the new collection features essential items to help you maximise your potential during every session.

Upgrade your workout wardrobe now and explore the full Saints Ath-Tech range.

Get the original sash replica shirts

Southampton’s original 2020/21 home, away, third and goalkeeper shirts, produced by Under Armour and featuring LD Sports, are now available for fans to buy.

Pick up this season’s LD Sports shirts online or from our Saints Stores at Westquay and St Mary’s.

Supporters can also pre-order the new 2020/21 shirts featuring Main Club Partner Sportsbet.io online and in-store.

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