Southampton are back in Emirates FA Cup action as they host Coventry City at St Mary’s Stadium in the fourth round of the competition.
Saints vs Coventry
Emirates FA Cup
St Mary’s Stadium
Saturday 5 February, 3pm GMT
Referee: Tony Harrington
Assistants: Simon Beck & Matthew Wilkes
Fourth official: Matthew Donohue
VAR: Kevin Friend
Assistant VAR: Mark Scholes
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
A place in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup is at stake as Southampton host Championship side Coventry on Saturday.
Saints secured their place in the fourth round with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Swansea at Liberty Stadium.
Nathan Redmond netted early on for Saints before a 77th minute equaliser saw Swansea take the game to extra time. Goals from Moi Elyounoussi and Shane Long sealed victory for a 10-man Saints.
The visitors claimed a home victory over fellow Championship side Derby County in their third-round tie, with Dominic Hyam the goal scorer.
Ralph Hasenhüttl is boosted by the return of Tino Livramento and Will Smallbone ahead of Saturday’s clash, while Alex McCarthy and Nathan Tella remain absent for Saints.
Matty Godden remains injured for the visitors, while Ian Maatsen and Jake Bidwell are back and available for selection.
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “[It’s a] tough, tough challenge for us and we have to be, from the first moment, very, very concentrated and really sharp. Because otherwise it will be tough.”
Mark Robins: To follow.
ONES TO WATCH
Nathan Redmond: On fine form in the league this season, Redmond also has an impressive track record in his last eight FA Cup appearances. Having scored six times and assisting twice.
Viktor Gyökores: Holding a physical presence up front for Coventry, Gyökeres is always an attacking threat and will need to be managed well by the Saints defence, having scored ten times already this season.
Armando Broja 7
Ward-Prowse, Elyounoussi 6
Ché Adams 5
Nathan Redmond 6
James Ward-Prowse 5
Kyle Walker-Peters 3
Gyökeres, Godden 10
Walker, McFadzean 3
Gustavo Hamer 2
Todd Kane 5
Callum O’Hare 4
Gyökeres, Sheaf 3
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
April 2012: Saints 4-0 Coventry (Sharp, Fonte, Hooiveld, Lallana)
January 2012: Coventry 1-2 Saints (Ward-Prowse, Martin)
November 2011 Coventry 2-4 Saints (Chaplow, Lallana, do Prado, de Ridder)
October 2008: Saints 1-1 Coventry (McGoldrick)
October 2008: Coventry 4-1 Saints (Surman)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton are looking to reach the FA Cup fifth round in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2004-05 & 2005-06.
- Coventry have been eliminated from three of the previous four FA Cup meetings with Southampton, falling in 2011-12 (round three), 1990-91 (round four) and 1959-60 (round one), after beating the Saints in round one in 1911-12.
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