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MATCH PREVIEW: SOUTHAMPTON (H)

19 December 2018

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All the information you need ahead of Huddersfield Town vs Southampton

- Match preview for Huddersfield Town's game against Southampton
- Latest team news ahead of the Premier League match
- Limited amount of tickets remaining

David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town will look to give the fans an early Christmas present with a win over Ralph Hasenhüttl’s Southampton on Saturday 22 December 2018; 3pm kick-off.

Town’s Head Coach will be hoping his side can bounce back following Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle United.

Southampton currently sit 17th in the Premier League table, just two points ahead of Town.

However, the Saints come into the game on the back of a 3-2 home victory over Arsenal, ending the North London side’s 22-match unbeaten run.

Hasenhüttl (above) was appointed as Manager earlier this month to replace Mark Hughes.

The former RB Leipzig boss has been in charge of Southampton for just the two fixtures, an away defeat to Cardiff and the win over Arsenal.

He is known the a full-throttle, gegenpressing style of play, which he has began to implement with the Saints.

The corresponding fixture in August 2018 saw the points shared as the game remained goalless.

Interestingly, the two sides have only met on 26 occasions, with both clubs winning 11. The first meeting between the pair came on 1 November 1952 as Town won 2-0.

SOUTHAMPTON LINE-UP AGAINST ARSENAL (5-2-2-1)

GK: Alex McCarthy

LWB: Matt Targett
CB: Jannik Vestergaard
CB: Maya Yoshida
CB: Jan Bednarek
RWB: Yan Valery

CM: Oriol Romeu
CM: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

LF: Stuart Armstrong
RF: Nathan Redmond
ST: Danny Ings

Key Players - FPL Form

Stuart Armstrong - 5.0

Stuart Armstrong began his career with Dundee United and the attacking midfielder made 150 appearances for the Terrors. Armstrong joined Celtic in 2015 where he scored 28 goals in 144 appearances. The Scotland international signed for Southampton in the summer transfer window and has already grabbed three Premier League goals for the Saints this season. 

Charlie Austin - 3.0

Charlie Austin was playing non-league football only nine years ago before he was signed by Swindon Town in 2009. Austin grabbed 37 goals for the Robins before making the move to Burnley where he found the net another 44 times. A move to QPR followed before the striker joined Southampton in January 2016. The 29-year-old has scored 20 goals in 68 appearances for the Saints, including the winner in the 3-2 win over Arsenal.

Danny Ings - 2.6

Danny Ings started his career with AFC Bournemouth before signing for Burnley in 2011. The striker scored 43 goals in 130 appearances for the Clarets before joining Liverpool. His time on Merseyside was dominated by injuries and the 26-year-old signed for Southampton in August on an initial loan until the end of the season. The move is set to become permanent on 1 July 2019. Ings has scored six goals this season for Southampton including a double in last weekend’s win over Arsenal.

TEAM NEWS - Southampton

Southampton will more than likely be without full-back Ryan Bertrand who has missed the last five league fixtures with a back injury.

FPL Injury News

Cédric Soares - Calf injury - 75% chance of playing
Jack Stephens - Knee injury - 75% chance of playing
Ryan Bertrand - Back injury - 50% chance of playing
Mario Lemina - Abdominal injury - 75% chance of playing
Nathan Redmond - Knock - 75% chance of playing
Michael Obafemi - Hamstring injury - 50% chance of playing

TEAM NEWS - Town

Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner will provide the latest update on his team during Thursday’s Press Conference at PPG Canalside.

FPL Injury News

Aaron Mooy – Knee injury
Tommy Smith – Hamstring injury
Danny Williams – Knee injury
Abdelhamid Sabiri – Shoulder injury

TICKETS

A limited number of tickets remain for the match at the John Smith’s Stadium; CLICK HERE to buy.

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Town will be wearing the famous blue and white stripes for Saturday’s Premier League game at the John Smith’s Stadium. CLICK HERE to purchase Town's home shirt.

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