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    Quote Originally Posted by Benali Saint View Post
    Rail replacement buses from Winchester this weekend, will make travelling down fun
    After the game too? From Soton Central?

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    My mate and I have hospitality tickets for this one in the Saints bar. Any advice on if itís worth getting in there early and what the general experience is like really? Never been up there before


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    KWP, Redmond and Boufal all out. Expect Valery to play at RB with Djenepo coming in for Boufal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by for_heaven's_Saint View Post
    KWP, Redmond and Boufal all out. Expect Valery to play at RB with Djenepo coming in for Boufal.
    Has he been kicking the table again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenridge View Post
    Has he been kicking the table again?
    Half the Burnley team stubbed their toes on him last week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenridge View Post
    Has he been kicking the table again?
    He went off injured in the last game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saint97 View Post
    Don't know why people keep wanting us to play Long against teams that sit back. Understandable away from home or at home against the big clubs but he offers nothing in games like these.
    Who else are we going to play? Adams literally offers nothing. And Obafemi has been extremely disappointing since his "breakthrough" goal at Chelsea.

    It'd be great if we had better options than Long, but we haven't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwertyell View Post
    Who else are we going to play? Adams literally offers nothing. And Obafemi has been extremely disappointing since his "breakthrough" goal at Chelsea.

    It'd be great if we had better options than Long, but we haven't.

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    Yeah, former Birmingham player Che Adams. Can't think why he wouldn't be extra motivated to prove himself against Villa. Total mystery.

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    They have a cup final the week after, give Grealish a boot in the first 10-15 mins to make him play simple balls and this one should be a routine win!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DT View Post
    Yeah, former Birmingham player Che Adams. Can't think why he wouldn't be extra motivated to prove himself against Villa. Total mystery.
    Cos itís only motivation that you need.
    Nice to think he can be arsed to score a goal this weekend

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    Quote Originally Posted by whelk View Post
    Cos it’s only motivation that you need.
    Nice to think he can be arsed to score a goal this weekend
    In my view he is a good deal better than Obafemi and needs a decent chance, rather than five minutes when the game is gone. Give him a run in the team. He needs some decent man management, which is not Ralph's strong point IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by DT View Post
    In my view he is a good deal better than Obafemi and needs a decent chance, rather than five minutes when the game is gone. Give him a run in the team. He needs some decent man management, which is not Ralph's strong point IMO
    My god!! you are utterly clueless, bringing a squad back from virtual oblivion after the Leicester debacle shows that it clearly is a strong point.
    You have taken the most negative poster "accolade" hands down

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    Quote Originally Posted by DT View Post
    In my view he is a good deal better than Obafemi and needs a decent chance, rather than five minutes when the game is gone. Give him a run in the team. He needs some decent man management, which is not Ralph's strong point IMO
    I'd give him an extended run too. Hopefully we are safe in the next five games and then we can play him regularly until the end of the season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hypochondriac View Post
    I'd give him an extended run too. Hopefully we are safe in the next five games and then we can play him regularly until the end of the season.
    Hope so! Need to not lose to Villa, definitely!

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    Grealish against Valery/male shift RB

    Errrr...

    I hope bednarek is brought back on over Vestergaard!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by for_heaven's_Saint View Post
    KWP, Redmond and Boufal all out. Expect Valery to play at RB with Djenepo coming in for Boufal.
    I'd prefer to see us playing Valery anyway.
    Shame that Boufal is missing as he's looked very dangerous of late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batman View Post
    Grealish against Valery/male shift RB

    Errrr...

    I hope bednarek is brought back on over Vestergaard!!!
    A female to male trans right back? I didn't realise we had one in the squad.

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    Team picks itself really:

    Mcarthy
    Valery, Stephens, Bednarak, Bertrand
    Armstrong, JWP, Hojberg, Djenepo
    Ings, Long

    Subs: Gunn, Vestergaard, Romeu, Obafemi, Adams, Smallbone, Danso

    Think it will be a tough game; worst home record v second worst away record. Hopefully they will be slightly distracted by their League Cup Final next weekend.

    Must not lose, but I don't see many sides below us picking up much. West Ham away to Liverpool, Watford away to Utd, Bmouth away to Burnley.

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    I actually think they will beat us.

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    It's a 6 pointer and a win for us would really help us cut away from bottom 5 or 6

    Lose it and we are dragged back into things, possibly with some panic.

    Remember Swansea picking up just 1 win (6 points) in the last 11-12 fixtures....

    Worst case would we stay up on 37 points?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batman View Post
    I actually think they will beat us.
    Not sure they’ll win. But it could be a nervy afternoon. They will bring loads down which will only amplify the restlessness of our support and pressure on the side if we don’t start brightly.
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    I seem to recall the last time they were in a cup final following a match with us. We beat them 6-1 and Schlong got two crackers. Same day as Mane's fastest hat trick. I honestly can't see us losing this tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redkeith View Post
    Given that Grealish plays wide left, I think I would go.

    Mc Carthy
    Stehphens Bednareck Vestegard Bertrand
    Romeu PEH
    Armstrong Djenepo

    Ings Long

    I still rate Valery, but he is better going forward than marking , so nullify their main threat
    Where's JWP?!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WokingSaint View Post
    Where's JWP?!!!
    Whoops, JWP for Romeu, or Djenepo

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    Quote Originally Posted by hasper57saint View Post
    I seem to recall the last time they were in a cup final following a match with us. We beat them 6-1 and Schlong got two crackers. Same day as Mane's fastest hat trick. I honestly can't see us losing this tomorrow.
    I think that was the best day in the league as a Saints fan since our return to the Premier League. Even better than beating Sunderland 8-0. Everything just seemed to be good for us back then...

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    Am worried about this. No Boufal or Redmond so creativity with the ball on the ground severely restricted - have liked Djenpo but he looked terrible against Burnley - Mings is back for them - KWP out already!! (need some pace to stick with Grealish)...Valery hasn't played since goodness knows when. Vestergard a proven liability. Bednarek wouldn't have been left out if there wasn't a niggle or something with him - is he fully fit? Tons of away supporters filling their quota for Cup Final tickets...our complete inability to win at home.

    We need a fast start and Grealish to be holding back / locked in cotton wool / have a dousie. I would definitely play Che Adams for this one and abandon our play some more direct long balls up the park for him to hold up and harry.

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    My optimism at home has completely gone. Villa are sh1t but so are we. We seem to be able to out sh1t anyone at home.

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    Anyone know any pubs in/around southampton still able to show saturday 3pm games on tv? through a stream or whatever

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    Yep- just do not see us winning.

    Prediction: 1-1

    I reckon Long will score

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    Quote Originally Posted by carljbray View Post
    Anyone know any pubs in/around southampton still able to show saturday 3pm games on tv? through a stream or whatever
    Why not go up to SMS and watch it in 3D?

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwertyell View Post
    Who else are we going to play? Adams literally offers nothing. And Obafemi has been extremely disappointing since his "breakthrough" goal at Chelsea.

    It'd be great if we had better options than Long, but we haven't.

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    Adams... he's a better striker than Long.

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    They are 4-1 to beat us, which strikes me as value, sadly. If you can be cheered by winning dosh. Would prefer three points, obvs. But if picks Vestergard I may have to lump on


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    Craig Pawson on the whistle tomorrow he’s another who can be a funny one. Last weeks excuse for a ref Simon Hooper will be manning the Transit van in the St Mary’s car park watching TV’s looking out for an offside nasal hair.

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    Massive game. Win and we're on the verge on safety, lose and we're still looking over our shoulder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Boy Saint View Post
    Last weeks excuse for a ref Simon Hooper will be manning the Transit van in the St Maryís car park watching TVís looking out for an offside nasal hair.

    Well at least he won't have to run around and not keep up with play..

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    Quote Originally Posted by hasper57saint View Post
    I seem to recall the last time they were in a cup final following a match with us. We beat them 6-1 and Schlong got two crackers. Same day as Mane's fastest hat trick. I honestly can't see us losing this tomorrow.
    You've been paying attention to our home performances right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by suewhistle View Post
    Well at least he won't have to run around and not keep up with play..
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/footb...eil-swarbrick/

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    Quote Originally Posted by saint97 View Post
    Adams... he's a better striker than Long.
    You say that but this season in 695 minutes he has failed to score and has produced one assist. Nothing in the cups either.

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    We'll win but it won't be easy. Eventually they'll go for it when we're 2-1 up, they'll hit the bar twice, have a dubious penalty denies, and we'll pick them off on the counter to secure a 3-1 win in the 94th minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by for_heaven's_Saint View Post
    Half the Burnley team stubbed their toes on him last week.
    Clumsy or dirty, that's what happens when second rate journeymen who have no right to play in the best league in the world are up against really talented ball players. Seems to be their mentality to stop them at all cost and take them out of the game as a bonus. It amazes me that Danny Ings is still standing.

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    Hopefully today we can get a much needed win at home. I'm going for 2-0 to us with Ingsy and Moussa scoring. COYR

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    Quite pleased that the Sussex rivers are too high for me to risk crossing them to to the match. Surely, we'll win this one, but a draw or defeat would be so depressing that I can't face the possibility of a miserable drive home. I've been a Saints' supporter long enough to have watched defeats, right back to Third Division days but the home form now, against sides we should easily be competing with, is beginning to get me down.
    It'll be interesting to see the line-up. Ralph's pre-match comments suggest to me that, rather than bring Valery in, he might move Stephens to RB. Not an easy decision because Stephens and Bednarek seem to have been the more reliable centre pair, but depends on whether he thinks Yan is ready for a return. At least I can follow the action from the comfort of a chair at home without facing the rotten weather we've got outside, over this way. I can see I'm not alone as the club are still pushing tickets. I sincerely hope those of you going to the game are rewarded with a good win and not just by 1-goal, which that leaves everyone on tenterhooks to the final whistle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by St.JonB View Post
    You say that but this season in 695 minutes he has failed to score and has produced one assist. Nothing in the cups either.
    Cheers, wasn't aware of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batman View Post
    Breaking records for the wrong reasons all over the place this season.

    Squad is fine though.... What more do we need!

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    Valery still canít get in.

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    Ward-Prowse at RB then. Valery on the bench, Smallbone starts in midfield.

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    Of course Mings is fit for Villa, FFS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by igsey View Post
    Ward-Prowse at RB then. Valery on the bench, Smallbone starts in midfield.
    I would guess they'll line up that way. Sky show a 433 with Djenepo at RB. Please no.

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    We're going to have a problem in midfield. Smallbone is as lightweight little Jake Hesketh and doesn't do anything on the defensive side.

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