Premier League In Focus – Southampton vs Stoke Preview

When? Saturday 3rd March, 15:00 (UK)

Where? St Mary’s Stadium

What channel is it on? Southampton vs Stoke will not be televised live in the UK

Are tickets still available?

Southampton – https://tickets.saintsfc.co.uk/PagesPublic/ProductBrowse/VisualSeatSelection.aspx?stadium=SM&product=PH17ST&campaignCode=&type=H&productsubtype=HOME&productIsHomeAsAway=N

Stoke – SOLD OUT

Where can I stream the match? N/A

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Southampton W1, Stoke W3, D1
Premier League meetings: Southampton W2, Stoke W4, D5
All-time meetings: Southampton W34, Stoke W30, D14

SOUTHAMPTON

Predicted line-up: McCarthy; Cedric, Hoedt, Stephens, Bertrand; Romeu, Lemina; Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Redmond; Carrillo

Unavailable: Austin (Injured), Yoshida (Injured)

Doubtful: Davis (Injured), Long (Injured)

STOKE

Predicted line-up: Butland; Bauer, Martins-Indi, Zouma, Stafylidis; N'Diaye, Cameron; Shaqiri, Allen, Choupo-Moting; Diouf

Unavailable: Ireland (Injured)

Doubtful: Crouch (Injured), Shawcross (Injured)

PREDICTION
With just one point separating the two sides at the bottom end of the Premier League table, it is fair to say that this upcoming fixture between Southampton and Stoke is a genuine ‘six-pointer’. Mauricio Pellegrino’s men are just on the right side of the relegation zone at present but that could all change come Saturday.

With both teams having won just once in their last six league outings there is very little to split the two sides and the outcome could have serious ramifications in the battle to beat the drop. Stoke have the most generous defence in the Premier League but Southampton do not have the firepower to take advantage, so don’t be surprised if this one ends in a low scoring draw.

MEMORABLE MEETING
October 2014 saw the two sides paired together in the fourth round of the League Cup. What was then called the Britannia Stadium acted as the setting with the Saints marching onto the next stage thanks to a 3-2 away win. After Mame Biram Diouf levelled proceedings for Stoke with eight minutes remaining, the game looked like needing an additional 30 minutes. However, Graziano Pelle’s goal just two minutes from the end meant there was no requirement for extra time as Southampton snatched a late victory.