• PREVIEW: SAINTS vs Sunderland - Premier League - 2016-17





    SOUTHAMPTON V SUNDERLAND
    SATURDAY 27TH OF AUGUST - ST. MARY'S
    15:00 KICK-OFF



    Match Officials:

    Referee - Lee Mason
    Assistant - A Holmes
    Assistant - D Bryan
    4th Official - P Tierney



    TEAM NEWS

    Ryan Bertrand managed a week of full training, but it remains touch and go whether Saints boss Claude Puel will risk the England left-back. Jérémy Pied is sidelined with a knee injury, but Oriol Romeu has been passed fit after limping off against Manchester United.



    PREDICTED XI: Forster; Cédric, Fonte, Van Dijk, Targett; Romeu; Højbjerg, Clasie; Tadić; Redmond, Long.




    THE FORMBOOK

    (league games)


    SOUTHAMPTON: DL

    Goals Scored: 1
    Goals Conceded: 3


    SUNDERLAND: LL

    Goals Scored: 2
    Goals Conceded: 4


    LAST TIME WE MET

    Saturday the 5th of March, 2016
    Barclays Premier League

    SOUTHAMPTON 1-1 SUNDERLAND


    Attendance: 31,458

    GOALS: Van Dijk - 90+3'; Defoe - 85'.


    SOUTHAMPTON: Forster; Martina, Fonte, Van Dijk, Bertrand; Clasie (Juanmi - 65'), Romeu, S. Davis (Ward-Prowse - 65'); Mané (Yoshida - 83'), Pellè, Tadić.

    Unused Subs: Stekelenburg, Cédric, Reed, Olomola.


    SUNDERLAND: Mannone; Yedlin, Kaboul, Koné, Van Aanholt; Rodwell, Kirchhoff (O'Shea - 90+1'), M'Vila; Khazri (Larsson - 76'), N'Doye (Defoe - 59'), Borini.

    Unused Subs: Pickford, Jones, Mandron, Toivonen.



    STORY OF THE GAME:

    Virgil van Dijk's last-gasp equaliser rescued a point for Saints as they turned in a below-par performance at St. Mary's.

    The game swung when José Fonte saw red for hauling down Fabio Borini, with the Black Cats continuing to apply added pressure.

    Eventually that pressure told, when Jermain Defoe slotted past Fraser Forster after good work from Lamine Koné.

    Van Dijk snatched a dramatic late equaliser though, sweeping the ball home from 12 yards out.



    Claude's Conclusion





    SA
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