Southampton appoint Ralph Hasenhuttl as manager

Southampton have confirmed the appointment of Ralph Hasenhuttl as their new manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal. The Austrian takes over from Mark Hughes, who was sacked on Monday. Hasenhuttl will attend the match at Tottenham on Wednesday night but will officially take charge on Thursday and his first game will be at Cardiff on Saturday. The coach Kelvin Davis, who is in interim charge, will be his assistant. Hasenhuttl, 52, a former Austria international, had been out of work after leaving RB Leipzig in May. His previous coaching jobs include a spell…

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Southampton sack Mark Hughes after slow start to season

Southampton have sacked manager Mark Hughes, the club confirmed on Monday afternoon. Hughes leaves the club after winning just one of 14 matches so far this season. “We would like to express our thanks to Mark and his staff for all of their efforts during their time at St Mary’s,” a statement read. The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already underway. “First team assistant coach Kelvin Davis will lead the team for Wednesday’s Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.” #SaintsFC can today confirm it…

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Video assistant referees (VAR) set to be used in Premier League next season

Video assistant referees are set to be used in the Premier League next season after clubs agreed in principle to the move. The Premier League will now make a formal request to the International Football Association Board and Fifa. VAR was used at the 2018 World Cup, is in operation in Italy and Germany’s top divisions, and has been utilised in some FA Cup and Carabao Cup games. The Premier League has been carrying out “non-live” trials this season. VAR will also be used in the Champions League from next season. There…

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Premier League clubs asked for £250,000 towards £5m bonus for outgoing Scudamore

All 20 Premier League clubs have been asked for a £250,000 contribution so that the league’s outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore can be given a £5m farewell gift. The clubs were asked for the money before a meeting on Tuesday. It is expected they will agree to Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck’s request. Scudamore, 59, who is reportedly paid £2.5m per season, is stepping down next month after 19 years at the organisation. The league’s UK television rights were valued at around £670m when he joined, and the last deal was worth…

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Dutch manager Koeman criticises Liverpool’s Van Dijk for being ‘too laid back’

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has come under fire from current Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman for being ‘too laid back’. Van Dijk moved to Anfield in a £75million deal from Southampton in January, and almost cost his side when he conceded a late penalty against Manchester City on Sunday. In addition, the Dutchman made an error against France last month which allowed Olivier Giroud to net in a 2-1 defeat for Holland. Now, former Everton boss Koeman, who also managed the defender during their time together at Southampton, has told…

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Borussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho gets England squad call

Borussia Dortmund teenager Jadon Sancho was a surprise selection when England manager Gareth Southgate named a 25-man squad on Thursday for this month’s Nations League matches away to Croatia and Spain. Mason Mount and James Maddison were also given their first senior England call-ups by Southgate as it was announced that the 48-year-old had signed a new contract that will keep him with the national side until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The 18-year-old Sancho was called up having already played in the Champions League for German club Dortmund, with…

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Swansea City vs Stoke City – Betting Tips and Predictions

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Swansea City were looking safe at one point, but their recent loss of form has proved to be devastating. The Swans find themselves on the brink of relegation at they prepare to face already-relegated Stoke City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday. The Swans come into this game on the back of four consecutive defeats, and on Tuesday, they lost 1-0 to Southampton in the relegation six-pointer at home. Swansea find themselves three points behind Southampton, and they not only need to cover that gap on the final day, but…

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Southampton vs Manchester City – Betting Tips and Predictions

Southampton will put an end to a remarkable season with a home game against Manchester City on Sunday. The Saints have engineered a miraculous escape from relegation in last few weeks, and we expect an upbeat atmosphere at St Mary’s Stadium. Southampton have picked up eight points from their last four games, and on Tuesday they picked up a crucial 1-0 win at Swansea City. As things stand, the Saints are three points clear of 18th-placed Swansea, and they also enjoy a better goal difference. Thus, the Swans need a…

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Swansea City vs Southampton – Betting Tips and Predictions

Swansea City and Southampton will face each other in the season-defining fixture at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday. Both sides have struggled throughout the season, and with just one week left in the season, neither of them is safe from relegation. Following an impressive run of games under Carlos Carvalhal, the Swans are without a win in their last seven games. On Saturday, they lost 1-0 at Bournemouth and slipped back into the relegation zone. As things stand, they occupy the 18th spot with 33 points. The Welsh side have…

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Everton vs Southampton – Betting Tips and Predictions

Everton have picked up some form in the recent weeks, and it is not good news for Southampton who will make the trip to Goodison Park on Saturday. Everton fans might not be happy with Sam Allardyce’s presence at the club. However, that doesn’t change the fact that the Toffees have lost only one of their last seven league games and that defeat was against champions Manchester City. Last weekend, they registered a decent 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town. Ahead of the game against the Saints, Everton are placed eighth…

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Southampton vs Bournemouth – Betting Tips and Predictions

Southampton will host Bournemouth in a must-win game at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday. One can assume it is imperative for the Saints to pick up three points in this game if they want to secure their Premier League status. Coming into this game, Southampton are placed 18th in the league table with 29 points. They are four points adrift of the safety with only four games left to play this season. The Saints have been in terrible form and remain without a league win since the start of February.…

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Leicester City vs Southampton – Betting Tips and Predictions

Leicester City’s European hopes took a hit last week as they lost 1-2 to Burnley at home. The Foxes will be looking to bounce back when they host relegation favourites Southampton at King Power Stadium on Thursday. The Foxes have been inconsistent in the recent weeks and come into this game following two consecutive 2-1 defeats to Newcastle United and Burley respectively. Leicester sit in the eighth spot with 43 points, eight points behind Burnley who occupy the last-possible European place. However, the situation is more pressing for Southampton, who…

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Southampton vs Chelsea – Betting Tips and Predictions

Southampton showed a fighting spirit against Arsenal last weekend, but that was not enough to improve their position in the league table. Can they show further improvement and get something against Chelsea at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday? The Saints are in desperate need of points and it might prove to be a perfect time for them to play the Blues. The visitors have won only one of their last five league games, and their hopes of a top-four finish are almost over. Meanwhile, the Saints are currently on a…

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Arsenal vs Southampton – Betting Tips and Predictions

Arsenal don’t have much at stake in the league, but they would like to continue their winning run when they host Southampton at Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The Gunners have shifted their focus towards Europa League now, and they almost secured their semi-final spot in the competition with an impressive 4-1 win against CSKA Moscow on Thursday. Arsenal have to be in Russia next Thursday, so Arsene Wenger might decide to rest some of his key players against the Saints. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will return to the starting eleven, and it…

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West Ham United vs Southampton – Betting Tips and Predictions

West Ham United once again find themselves amidst a crisis. They have lost their last three games in their league, and the 3-0 home defeat to Burnley was a real blow for the club. The Hammers will face fellow relegation strugglers Southampton in a crucial relegation six-pointer at London Stadium on Saturday. Following a period of recovery under David Moyes, the Hammers again find themselves battling against the drop. Following their defeat to the Clarets, they have dropped to the 17th spot with 30 points. They only have a two-point…

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Newcastle United vs Southampton – Betting Tips and Predictions

In an all-important relegation six-pointer, Newcastle United will host Southampton at St James’ Park on Saturday. The Magpies find themselves in a precarious situation as they have picked up just one win their last seven league games. They are placed 16th in the table with 29 points, which puts them just a couple of points clear of the bottom three. In their last game, Newcastle lost 2-0 at Liverpool. However, in their last home game, they had pulled a shocker by defeating Manchester United 1-0. Rafa Benitez must be hoping…

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Southampton vs Stoke City – Betting Tips and Predictions

Southampton will face off against Stoke City in a relegation six-pointer at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday. The Saints have drawn an incredible number of games and have failed to pick up enough wins this season. They come into this game on the back of a 1-1 draw at Burnley. The point earned at Turf Moor helped the Saints move out of the relegation zone, but they are still 16th in the table with 27 points – which means that only a better goal difference separates them from the bottom…

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Burnley vs Southampton – Betting Tips and Predictions

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Burnley can’t seem to pick up a win in Premier League after exceeding all expectations in the first half of the season. After a two-week break, the Clarets will resume their quest for a win when they host Southampton at Turf Moor on Saturday. The Clarets are without a win in their last ten games in the league. In their last league game, they lost 1-0 at Swansea City. However, prior to that defeat, they had registered an impressive 1-1 draw against Manchester City at home. Despite their recent struggles,…

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Southampton vs Liverpool – Betting Tips and Predictions

Things are expected to get interesting at St Mary’s Stadium this Sunday as Southampton host Liverpool. Virgil van Dijk and some other Liverpool players will return to their former club, and it definitely makes for an interesting viewing. The South Coast side have done well against the Reds in the recent years and following their 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion last weekend, they must be up for this game. The win, which came after a 12-game winless run in the league, helped the Saints move out of the bottom…

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West Bromwich Albion vs Southampton – Betting Tips and Predictions

West Bromwich Albion have picked up some decent results in the recent weeks, but they still find themselves at the bottom of the league table. This is a massive weekend for them as they host Southampton in a relegation six-pointer at the Hawthorns on Saturday. The Baggies lost 3-0 at league-leaders Manchester City on Wednesday, but before that result, they had picked up four points from their previous two games. Last week, Alan Pardew’s side produced quite a shock by defeating Liverpool 3-2 in an FA Cup tie at Anfield.…

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Southampton vs Brighton and Hove Albion – Betting Tips and Predictions

Southampton find themselves in the relegation zone as they prepare to host South Coast rivals Brighton and Hove Albion at St Mary’s Stadium on Wednesday. The Saints have struggled to win games this season, and they remain without a win in their last 11 games in the league. The hosts currently occupy the 18th spot with 22 points. This game is a relegation six-pointer as the Seagulls sit just a point above their opponents. The visitors sit in the 16th spot with 21 points. The Saints have drawn their last…

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Are we witnessing the best January transfer window in the recent years?

It has been quite a busy January transfer window in Premier League this season. More often than not, the winter transfer window remains devoid of big transfers. And big clubs very rarely let go of their key players in January. Most managers hate this window and have publicly talked about abolishing it completely. However, circumstances have conspired in such a way this month that we can expect to see some very different-looking top sides in the league post-January. To start things off, Liverpool made a big statement in the first…

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Watford vs Southampton – Betting Tips and Predictions

Watford made a flying start to life under manager Marco Silva, but the wheels have come off their campaign in the recent weeks. This Saturday, the Hornets would be aiming to re-stabilize their season when out-of-form Southampton visit Vicarage Road on Saturday. The Hornets have struggled with injuries and suspensions of late, and they still have a number of key players out. Silva’s side have lost five of their last six fixtures, and in their last league game, they lost 3-1 at Manchester City. However, they got back to winning…

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Southampton – Betting Tips and Predictions

Tottenham would be aiming to move back into the top-four, albeit for a few hours, when they host Southampton at Wembley Stadium on Boxing Day. Harry Kane scored a hat-trick to help his side to a 3-0 win at Burnley on Saturday. On the back of the result, Spurs leapfrogged their North London rivals Arsenal into the fifth spot, and are now just a point behind fourth-placed Liverpool – who will host Swansea City at Anfield later in the day. Kane equalled Alan Shearer’s record of 36 Premier League goals…

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Southampton vs Huddersfield Town – Betting Tips and Predictions

Huddersfield Town registered their only second away win of the season when they won 4-1 at Watford last weekend. The Terriers would be a more confident bunch than usual when they make the trip to Southampton on Saturday. The Saints are winless in their last five league games, and they will come into this game on the back of consecutive defeats to Leicester City and Chelsea. As things stand, the South Coast side find themselves three points behind the Terriers and 12th in the league table. Meanwhile, the Terriers have…

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