It's an all south coast affair on Monday night as Southampton head to Brighton in the Premier League. Get set for the clash with our Match Pack, in association with eToro...
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Southampton
Monday 7 December, 8pm GMT
Referee: David Coote
Assistants: Dan Cook, Nick Hopton
Fourth official: Graham Scott
VAR: Peter Bankes
Assistant VAR: Stephen Child
WHICH KIT WILL SAINTS BE WEARING?
For the trip along the south coast, Saints will be wearing their white with red trim third kit.
HOW TO WATCH
Saints fans can watch the game live on Sky Sports Premier League or Sky Sports Main Event. Supporters will need a Sky Sports subscription to watch the action.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Ralph Hasenhüttl will be hoping his side can immediately return to winning ways after suffering defeat last time out against Manchester United.
The narrow 3-2 loss was Southampton’s first in eight Premier League matches, and Saints will now look to start a new unbeaten run and maintain their spot in the top six.
For Brighton, they’ll be looking to build on last weekend’s draw with reigning champions Liverpool and will be boosted by the return of fans at The Amex.
Graham Potter’s side have made an inconsistent start to the campaign with two wins, four draws and four defeats to their name.
Southampton striker Danny Ings is back in first-team training as his recovery from a knee injury progresses on schedule.
The striker will be closely monitored ahead of a potential return to action on Monday night, as will Nathan Redmond who is back in training following a hamstring injury.
Summer signing Mohammed Salisu could also be named in a matchday squad for the first time since arriving from Real Valladolid.
For the hosts, Adam Lallana will miss out on the chance to face his former club, with Neal Maupay being monitored after suffering a knock.
Ralph Hasenhüttl: "It's not always possible to score three or four times, we must sometimes try to win games by only scoring once or twice. If we can manage this we have a bigger chance of taking points.
"Brighton have the quality to be higher in the table, they had a lot of chances to actually win against Liverpool [last week].
"Last season was a very important win for us, our first of the season, we took a clean sheet and scored in the right moments."
Graham Potter: "They’ve been really, really impressive. Not just the points they’re getting, but the performances. I'm particularly impressed with the job that Ralph has done there, because they faced a really really tough moment last season and managed to get through it.
I think that tells you a lot about the quality there. All credit to them for that, I like them a lot, I like the way they play, it’s really clear, it’s a good organised team, with some really good players, and we know it’s going to be a really tough game."
ONES TO WATCH
James Ward-Prowse: Nominated for Premier League Player of the Month for November, Saints’ captain will look to carry his impressive form into November.
With a goal and an assist last weekend, Ward-Prowse will look to once again wreak havoc with his set-piece prowess.
Danny Welbeck: After joining the club in October, the former Manchester United and Arsenal striker has started to find his feet in blue and white.
Scoring his first goal for the club against Aston Villa, Welbeck followed it by winning the penalty that earned Brighton a share of the spoils last time out against Liverpool.
Inclusive of all competitions
Neal Maupay 4
Alexis Mac Allister 3
Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Solly March 2
Pascal Groß 4
Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Bernardo 2
Maupay, March, Gyökeres, Connolly, Trossard, Lamptey, Lallana 1
Danny Ings 5
James Ward-Prowse 4
Ché Adams 3
Ché Adams 3
Ings, Ward-Prowse, Walcott, Armstrong 2
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
July 2020: Saints 1-1 Brighton (Ings)
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)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton have played more Premier League games without defeat against Brighton than they have any other side in the competition (6 – W2 D4). In all competitions, Saints are unbeaten in their last seven against the Seagulls (W3 D4).
- Southampton have only failed to score in one of their last 17 Premier League games, with that coming on the opening weekend this season (0-1 vs Crystal Palace). Saints have scored in their last nine in the competition, with only Liverpool (16) on a longer current run.
- James Ward-Prowse (26 goals, 24 assists) is one of just four players to register 50+ goal involvements for Southampton in the Premier League, after Matt Le Tissier (G100 A63), James Beattie (G68 A24) and Marian Pahars (G42 A14).
- Of all managers to have taken charge of 50+ Premier League games, only Ossie Ardiles (56%) has won a higher share of his points away from home in the competition than Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl (52% - 51/99).
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