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Claude Puel got the better of his former club Southampton as Leicester City ran rampant in a 4-1 win at the St. Mary's Stadium.

Coming off a strong performance in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal, Southampton's defense was unable to handle a rejuvenated Leicester City attack. Riyad Mahrez struck first, afforded too much space as he dribbled unchallenged to the edge of the area and fired into the bottom corner past Fraser Forster. Shinji Okazaki made it 2-0 shortly after the half-hour mark when Southampton failed to clear a Christian Fuchs shot, while Harry Maguire was given time to turn and pick out Andy King at the far post six minutes later. The home side improved after the break and pulled one back when Yoshida rose to head in Ryan Bertrand's corner. But the Foxes crushed any hopes of comeback when Jamie Vardy picked out Okazaki's diagonal run and the striker completed his brace. Overall, it was a bad night for the Saints.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 13 - 6:45 PM

Charlie Austin continued his run of goals with a third minute stunner but Olivier Giroud equalized late as Arsenal and Southampton split the points.

Southampton haver gotten the better of Arsenal in recent seasons and it looked like it would happen again for nearly 90 minutes. Arsenal dominated possession but tge Saints and Austin dominated the dangerous chances. The Saints will rue a few big misses as Giroud caught them from an Alexis cross.
Source: Espnfc.com
Dec 10 - 9:00 AM

Charlie Austin started again and scored again as Southampton cane back to draw with rivals Bournemouth on Sunday.

One wonders why it took so long for Charlie Austin to get a run of starts. Health and fitness are never far from the equation in Austin's case but he has started the Saints' last two matches and scored three goals and it could have Bern more. The story for Austin was as much two excellent chances he missed in the second half as it was his 62nd minute goal. If he keeps this up the Saints will be a different proposition altogether.
Source: Espnfc.com
Dec 3 - 10:50 AM

Raheem Sterling’s stoppage-time winner in a 2-1 defeat by Manchester City denied Southampton a point on Wednesday.

Southampton came painfully close to becoming the first time to deny Manchester City a victory since August, and will believe they should of left the Etihad with a point. The Saints had the better of the chances in the opening 45 minutes, with Wesly Hoedt's header from a corner deflected onto the bar and Maya Yoshida later firing over off another set-piece. Fraser Forster was excellent in between the sticks, but could do nothing to keep out Kevin De Bruyne's deflected free kick just after the restart. The response came from Romeu, who returned to the starting XI after a one-match ban and fired in off the underside of the bar with 15 minutes remaining. It appeared Mauricio Pellegrino's side had done enough until Sterling curled home an unstoppable strike in the 96th minute.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 29 - 6:41 PM

Charlie Austin bagged a brace in his first start under Mauricio Pellegrino and a typically sputtering Southampton attack found a new gear with a 4-1 drubbing of Everton.

Since Week 2 of the season, the Saints had managed to score as many as two goals only once heading into today, but they found their stride today. Ryan Bertrand, who entered the day without an assist on the season picked up two, first finding Dusan Tadic in the 18th minute, the latter scoring his first goal from open play this season. After Everton equalized just before halftime, the Saints did not stop putting the foot on the gas and dominated the second frame. Bertrand found Austin with a cross and Austin's header sneaked in under the bar in the 52nd minute. Six minutes later, Austin nodded another header into the net, this time from a Tadic cross. Late on Steven Davis connected on a curling effort after being teed up by James Ward-Prowse. Austin's stock has just taken a significant hike in fantasy.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 26 - 10:30 AM

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg signed for Southampton from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2016 with great expectations on his shoulders.

However, it hasn't always been easy for the Dane who fell down the pecking order at St Mary's during Claude Puel's reign last season. It hasn't been any better under Mauricio Pellegrino and the defensive midfielder has played just six minutes of Premier League football against Brighton when he came on as a sub. In Southampton's current system, Pellegrino has deployed Oriol Romeu alongside Mario Lemina screening the defence but with the latter injured and the former suspended for one game after picking up a yellow card, it seems that Hojbjerg may finally get a chance to shine alongside Steven Davis. Even if Lemina does return in GW13, Hojbjerg may still play as Davis' abilities are needed further forward to aid the Saints' attacking which is struggling for goals.
Nov 22 - 11:49 AM

Southampton will have to do without midfield linchpin Mario Lemina in Gameweek 12 when they travel to Anfield.

This will be Lemina's third consecutive PL game on the sidelines due to an ankle injury though he is likely to be fit for Gameweek 13 as he is back in training. The Gabonese midfielder's absence means that skipper Steven Davis will continue to partner Oriol Romeu in the holding midfield berth unless Pellegrino decides to keep him further forward or rest him entirely after his World Cup qualifying heartbreak. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg would deputise in the role beside Romeu if either occurs. Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino said: "Mario Lemina was training well, much better than before, but I think will not be ready to play Saturday. We think about his problem a few weeks ago and he has improved a lot but still already it is too soon to put him again on the pitch."
Nov 16 - 6:47 PM

Southampton's struggle to find the net at home continued Saturday afternoon as a rather punchless effort resulted in a 0-1 loss to Burnley.

What could qualify as the least entertaining match of the season to date, Southampton were the weaker of two weak attacks. Nathan Redmond was reinstated into the Starting XI after having been dropped the previous two weekends, but his personal drought continues as he still searches for his first league goal. He actually had the best opportunity of any of the Saints to score, blasting a shot on target, but the Burnley keeper stopped it cold. Maya Yoshida had a dipping shot ten minutes into the second half but it stayed over the bar. That was the extent of Southampton's threat and they could not even settle for a point as they would concede late. Plenty to be frustrated by with this performance.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 4 - 1:13 PM

Southampton will have to do without midfielder Mario Lemina when they go to the AMEX Stadium to take on Brighton on Sunday.

Lemina has been a standout performer for the Saints since arriving from Juventus in the summer but they will have to do without the player after he piked up an ankle injury in training this week. The full extent of the injury is not yet known as further scans must be carried out. "I don’t know (how long he is out for). We have to wait for the next week and hopefully he can come back as soon as possible," said manager Mauricio Pellegrino. The question for the manager now is what to do to fill the void. Bring in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg who is yet to play for the new boss in a competitive fixture or drop Davis back to a deeper role to allow Boufal or Redmond take up the Northern Irishman's berth on the left side of attacking midfield.
Oct 27 - 2:23 PM

Southampton have looked like a side wracked by nerves in the PL this season. They have been slow to attempt to penetrate defences, shooting too early, and missing gilt-edged chances.

The boo-boys have had plenty of ammunition while watching many of The Saints' 6 home games so far this term, but manager Mauricio Pellegrino hopes that the 1-0 win over West Brom at St. Mary's in GW9 will help his side escape their languid mentality. The WBA game was following the same script until Boufal's intervention, with Southampton controlling possession but failing to convert their chances. However, Pellegrino hopes that the win will ease his side's nerves: "Hopefully but for me to sustain and to win games you have to play well. You have to play better than the opponent. This is our job and I will repeat that the attitude of the players is right, is good." He added that he was happy with his players' game control and the changes he made. Southampton will be cautiously optimistic that they can get all 3 points when they visit Brighton in GW10.
Oct 25 - 12:24 PM

Dusan Tadic is excited by the chance to play away from home on Sunday against Brighton, expecting to revel in the space provided by facing opponents who have to impress their home fans.

The Saints have so far faced a plethora of packed defences at St Mary's where they have had 6 of their 9 PL games so far this season. In spite of "home advantage", Southampton have really struggled to get past these defensive sides and have just 2 wins at home. The chance to travel to Brighton is thus exciting for the Serbian playmaker: "It is always easier to attack when you have more space because these kind of teams are really strong and powerful. They defend with everyone back and it’s not easy to break them down." However, Tadic also thinks that his team have managed to move on from the blunt showings in the early weeks: "I think what is different now is our aggression. From the first moment, we want to score goals." He suggested part of this change has been a marked increase in their tempo. He believes this new attitude will help Southampton score more goals, win more games, and climb the PL table.
Oct 25 - 12:11 PM

Sofiane Boufal dribbled three quarters of the field on his own and slotted home for the only goal as Southampton beat West Brom 1-0.

This match was an unlikely spot to yield a candidate for goal of the year but that's exactly what happened. The rest of the match was frenetic but ultimately lacking in quality end product. That was until Sofiane Boufal picked up an errant ball in his own half and dribbled through most of the West Brom defense leaving defenders on the ground in his wake. He slotted home from just outside the box for a must-see Winer for the struggling Saints.
Source: Espnfc.com
Oct 21 - 2:37 PM

Southampton playmaker Dusan Tadic has claimed that his team are not mentally weak, though he admits that they are suffering from nerves in home games.

The Saints' home form is yet to show on upturn since Mauricio Pellegrino took charge, with just one win in five and few goals scored representing little change from the much-maligned reign of Claude Puel. The manager himself has called for extra aggression and speed against West Brom on Saturday to quieten the boo-boys at St. Mary's. "Sometimes we miss chances and then the opponents score the first goal and we become a bit nervous," explained Tadic. "This is may be one of the problems. I don't know really, but it's true when we're at home and away we need to be more aggressive and play much faster." The Serbian midfielder also spoke of his desire to give frustrated home fans something to cheer about from the first whistle as Southampton fans have continually criticised their side for pedestrian attempts to open opposition defences.
Oct 19 - 7:11 AM

Southampton used two goals from Manolo Gabbiadini to earn a point at home against Newcastle in a 2-2 draw.

Saints were forced to overcome two separate one-goal deficits after Newcastle struck first behind Isaac Hayden's goal, entering the half up 1-0. But Gabbiadini scored his first of the evening just four minutes after the break, latching onto a pass from Nathan Redmond and out-maneuvering his markers before a silky finish. But Newcastle answered back just two minutes later to retake the lead thanks to Ayoze Perez's effort. Gabbiadini would have his chance once again in the 75th minute when Shane Long was taken down inside the penalty area. The Italian stepped to the spot and smashed the ball into the top corner for the equalizer.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 15 - 1:03 PM

Southampton striker Shane Long may not be available to play against Newcastle United this weekend.

The Republic of Ireland international missed his country's crucial 1-0 win over Wales in WCQ which secured their place in the play-offs. He was sidelined with a hip complaint. Long as been a fixture in Southampton's starting XI in recent weeks as manager Mauricio Pellegrino has been tinkering in an effort to get his side scoring goals. The victim of his recent changes, Manolo Gabbiadini, is likely to be started this weekend should Long miss out. The Italian is yet to complete 90 minutes so far this season. Charlie Austin is also waiting in the wings for an opportunity, though he is yet to start a PL game under the new manager.
Oct 12 - 5:23 PM


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