Southampton vs Watford predictions and betting tips

Southampton will host Watford in a Premier League clash at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday. Ahead of the fixture, both sides find themselves undefeated in the league this season and level at five points. Both sides are separated by a solitary place in the league table. The Saints have struggled on the scoring front and two of their league fixtures this season have ended in goalless draws. Their only positive result this season was the 3-2 home win over West Ham, but the Saints were aided by Marko Arnautovic’s first-half…

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Huddersfield Town vs Southampton predictions and betting tips

Huddersfield Town have surprised everyone with their perfect start to life in Premier League. The Terriers have won their opening two fixtures and currently sit joint-top of the league table. In game week 3, the Terriers will host Southampton at The John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday. The Saints will come into the game on the back of the last-minute 3-2 win over West Ham United. The Terriers have not only managed maximum points from their opening two games, but they have done it in a convincing manner. David Wagner’s men…

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Southampton vs West Ham United predictions and betting tips

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Southampton will host West Ham United at St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday. The Saints struggled to score goals last season, and judging by their performance in the opening weekend, their problem still exists. Despite dominating the possession, the Saints could only manage two shots on target in the goalless draw at Swansea on Saturday. The Hammers were even more dreadful in their 4-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford. None of the summer signings – Javier Hernandez, Marko Arnautovic and Joe Hart – managed to make any kind of…

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Manchester United to work on three-man shortlist for defensive reinforcement

Manchester United are in the transfer market for an experienced centre-back and manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly drawn up a three-man shortlist. According to Sky Sports, following the Europa League triumph over Ajax, Mourinho has handed a list of players to United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, and that list features the names of Michael Keane, Virgil Van Dijk and Victor Lindelof. Keane has made a name of himself on the back of an impressive season with the Clarets. The 24-year-old, who left United to join the Clarets for £2m in…

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Man Utd vs Southampton – EFL Cup Final Preview

An intriguing match-up in the EFL Cup final at Wembley sees two managers appointed last summer aim to secure the first trophy of their respective tenures, as Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United take on Claude Puel’s Southampton. It is a meeting that brings about recollections of when the sides met in the 1976 FA Cup final, where a Bobby Stokes goal gave the then Second Division Saints the proudest moment of their history. And although victory here would not be quite as much of an upset, the South coast club are…

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Former Juventus star in England ahead of a Premier League move

Former Juventus defender Martin Caceres has flown into England ahead of a possible move to Premier League. The Uruguayan international has been a free agent since leaving the Italian giants in the summer and has been looking for a new club ever since. The 29-year-old reportedly has been in talks with Southampton, Crystal Palace and Sunderland and now, according to Sky Sports he has arrived in England ahead of talks with interested parties. ESPN today claimed that the Saints are very much interested in the player after losing centre-backs Virgil…

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CONFIRMED LINEUPS – Southampton vs Liverpool EFL Cup Semi Final (1st Leg)

Lucas Leiva makes his return to the Liverpool midfield taking up the number 6 role, Phillipe Coutinho finally features on the bench alongside Woodburn, Stewart and Joe Gomez. LFC Confirmed Lineup: 📋Here’s tonight’s #LFC team… #SOULIV pic.twitter.com/LhfoM763iA — Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 11, 2017 Maya Yoshida, Ryan Bertrand and Steve Davis return to the Saints starting lineup while wantaway skipper Fonte, Ward-Prowse and Sam McQueen make way. Saints Confirmed Lineup: The teams are in! Here’s a look at how #SaintsFC line up for tonight’s #EFLCup semi-final first leg against #LFC:…

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Klopptimistic Update- Coutinho Inching Closer Towards First Team Action

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Philippe Coutinho will travel with the team to the South Coast, and might be involved in the EFL semi-final clash against the Saints and the Sunday night encounter against Jose Mourinho’s men at Old Trafford. The Brazilian maestro succumbed to an ankle injury back in November 2016, following a horrendous challenge by Black Cats midfielder Didier N’Dong. The uneventful injury resulted in the Liverpool number 10 missing out on ten games as the Reds suffered unfavourable results against Bournemouth, West Ham, Sunderland and…

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Manchester City handed a massive boost ahead of Southampton clash

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are going through a rough patch at the moment. They are without a win in their last four games in all competitions and, during midweek, suffered a humiliating 4-0 thumping at the hands of Barcelona. Next up for them is a league clash against in-form Southampton at Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The Saints will definitely prove to be another tough nut to crack for City, but the league leaders have been handed an unexpected advantage ahead of the tie. The South Coast club will be without…

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Southampton have the potential to replicate top six finish

Whilst Leicester City winning the Premier League undoubtedly represented the major success story in English football last season, another wonderful achievement was that of Southampton securing the club best ever Premier League finish. Saints strengthen an already strong squad By ending the season in sixth place, after amassing a club record 63 points, the Saints qualified for the group stages of this season’s Europa League. As such handling the demands of competing in both domestic and European competition represents a tough challenge for Southampton but one they are nevertheless capable…

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Tottenham and Southampton to finalise transfers

Dutch international Vincent Janssen is one the most sought-after young strikers in European football at the moment. The AZ Alkmaar star has already attracted interested from a number of clubs with his recent performances for his club and country. Tottenham are one of the clubs interested in the 22-year-old and already had their bid of £15 million turned down for the player, who scored 27 goals for Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie last season. However, it now seems like the North London club will finally get their target. French publication L’Equipe (via…

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Southampton striker joins Papiss Cisse in China

Papiss Cisse has left Newcastle United to join Shandong Luneng, with the Chinese Super League side also signing Southamption striker Graziano Pelle, according to the Saints’ website. Cisse completes Chinese switch The Senegalese international striker appeared 131 times for Newcastle, scoring 44 goals, 13 of which arrived in his first 14 matches with the club, after he joined them from Freiburg midway through the 2011-2012 season. In the following four seasons which Cisse spent with Newcastle he struggled to score regularly and was on occasion guilty of ill-discipline, with the biggest…

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Twitter doesn’t react well to Southampton’s first Under Armour kit

Southampton are ready to make some noise next season. The Saints are heading to the Europa League with a new coach, Claude Puel, but they are also entering a new kit contract with Under Armour. The American sports clothing and accessories company now has three English clubs under contract: Southampton, Tottenham and Aston Villa. Not surprisingly, Saints fans were anticipating their club’s new kit for the 2016/2017 season, which was presented this week. It’s time: #BarRaised! https://t.co/rUEgyLW9IA — Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) 5 juli 2016 Here they are: #SaintsFC‘s first @UnderArmourUK kits!…

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Chelsea and Everton compete for Southampton star

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle is set for an exit from the South Coast club in the summer after spending two seasons with them. The 30-year-old has only one year left on his current deal with the Saints and he is not expected to be offered a new deal. The Telegraph reports that Premier League clubs Chelsea and Everton are very much interested in signing the Italy international this summer. Everton manager Ronald Koeman has previously worked with Pelle at Feyenoord and Southampton and rates him very highly. Meanwhile, Chelsea manager…

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Everton on the brink of signing Euro 2016 star and selling top defender for record fee

With a new coach in Ronald Koeman and a reported £100 million transfer kit at their disposal, Everton are primed to have a big transfer summer. On Friday, the Toffees completed their first signing as Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg joined the club on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, according to a report by the BBC. The 33-year-old left Koeman’s Ajax for AS Roma in 2011, before moving to Fulham in 2013. Stekelenburg spent the 2014/2015 campaign on loan at Monaco and last season linked up with Koeman again at…

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Chelsea to rival Everton for Euro 2016 star, Toffees want Premier League scorer

Chelsea are set to battle Everton for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel, with the Blues seeing him as an alternative to Belgium team-mate Radja Nainggolan. According to a report by The Daily Mail, the Blues had a bid of £33 million for the AS Roma star rejected by the Serie A giants, which mean they have now been turned down three times in their chase of Nainggolan. Chelsea’s attention could now turn to Witsel, who is another impressive member of Belgium’s Euro 2016 squad and who has been linked…

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Mane a main transfer target for Liverpool

Liverpool have intensified their interest in signing Southampton striker Sadio Mane and are willing to pay £30 million for the player, according to the BBC. Neverthless given that Southampton officials previously indicated that they would require to receive £40 million to allow Mane to leave, a significant amount of negotiation will need to take place between the two clubs prior to any deal being finalised. After scoring only three goals in 29 Premier League appearances last season up until mid-March, Mane then found the net eight times in eight games.…

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Southampton streamline managerial shortlist

Southampton’s hierarchy have decided not to appoint Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager and will now consider other candidates to replace the recently departed Ronald Koeman. Despite being a favourite for quite some time to succeed Koeman at St Mary’s, Pellegrini will not do so, since after holding extensive talks with the 62-year-old Chilean, the Saints board have determined that his managerial approach fits in neither with the club’s general ethos nor their youth development strategy, according to the Daily Echo. Also certain not to replace Koeman, who left to…

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Tottenham agree transfer fee for Southampton star, player set for medical

Tottenham Hotspur are on the verge of landing their first summer signing. According to a report by the BBC, the Spurs have agreed a £11 million transfer fee with Southampton for Victor Wanyama. It is understood Wanyama flew in from his native Kenya on Sunday ready to undergo a medical and to finalise personal terms on a four-year deal. Tottenham have held a long-term interest in the Kenya international and tried to sign him last summer, with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino being a huge admirer of Wanyama, having worked with him…

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Manchester United among six clubs linked with the “new Riyad Mahrez”

Manchester United and Southampton have both made offers for Adam Ounas and are waiting to hear back from Ligue 1 club Bordeaux. According to a report by French news outlet RMC, both Premier League clubs have joined the race to sign the France Under-20 international, who’s been dubbed the new Riyad Mahrez. The 19-year-old has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in France after breaking onto the Ligue 1 scene last season, providing five goals and two assists in 23 league appearances for Bordeaux, who finished 11th in Ligue 1. The report claims that…

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Premier League Season Review – Southampton

Southampton: 6th FA Cup: Round Three Capital One Cup: Quarter-finals Europa League: Play-off round The rise of Southampton just goes on and on. Whenever people seem to doubt them they seem to come up with the most emphatic shows of defiance and continuing to set new highs in the Premier League, led by the magnificent Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman was not expected to improve on the seventh position and 60 points he achieved in 2014-15, but proved just how good a manager he is by masterminding a storming second half…

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Manchester United interested in La Liga midfielder, making bid for Premier League striker

Manchester United won their 18th FA Cup trophy on Saturday by beating Crystal Palace 2-1 after extra time. However, the Red Devils are looking ahead to a busy summer transfer window. The Old Trafford club are expected to appoint Jose Mourinho as their new coach this week. The Portuguese could help them bring in star players, while also putting forward a list a potential transfer targets. But in the meantime, the club hasn’t been quiet on the transfer market. According to a report by The Sun, United have upped their interest…

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Southampton vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Crystal Palace have the FA Cup final to look forward to, but before that they must look to end their Premier League season with a first away win since December when they take on a Southampton side that is within sight of a top six finish. The unexpected title success of Leicester City and the plight of some of English football’s powerhouses at the other end of the table have combined to ensure that Southampton’s superb form over the second half of the season has gone harshly under the radar.…

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Top five hat-tricks of the Premier League season

This season, Premier League fans have seen many remarkable performances from attacking players. Strikers like Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Sergio Aguero, Romelu Lukaku and Jermaine Defore have scored some valuable goals for their respective teams, while midfielders like Riyad Mahrez and Sadio Mane have also shared goalscoring burdens for their teams. Here we take a look at the top five hat-tricks from this season. 5) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) vs. Leicester City [5-2, King Power Stadium] The Chilean star scored an impressive hat-trick to lead his team to a convincing 5-2…

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Chelsea chasing surprising name for striker position, star defender to leave for China

After returning from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 at home against Tottenham, Chelsea suffered a 3-2 away defeat to bottom team Sunderland last weekend. The Blues have been looking forward to next season for a couple of weeks, especially after the appointment of Antonio Conte as their next coach, and are looking to revamp their roster during the summer transfer window. One of Chelsea’s objectives is to add a new striker and Conte wants to bring Southampton’s Graziano Pelle to Stamford Bridge. He is willing to pay £8 million for…

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