Southampton vs Leeds United Preview 16/10/2021
Domestic football fans will be pleased to see players returning from international duty and on Saturday we have a Premier League fixture to enjoy between Southampton and Leeds United.
The game will take place at St. Mary’s Stadium and the hosts begin the weekend in 17th place on 4 points while the visitors are one place above them in the table on 6 points, so this is a big game for both teams.
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Southampton come into the match on the back of a 3-1 loss at Chelsea prior to the international break.
The Saints found themselves a goal down after only 9 minutes but stayed in the game and scored the equaliser from the penalty spot just after the hour.
However, things went downhill from there and following the dismissal of James Ward-Prowse, Chelsea scored two late goals to take maximum points.
That result means Southampton have won only one of their last 6 matches in all competitions. In fact, they have yet to record a victory in the Premier League this season and the pressure is on to change that record in this fixture.
Southampton have lost each of their last two Premier League games, including a disappointing 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Trends show Southampton have won just 4 of their last 28 matches in the Premier League. There have been under 2.5 goals in Southampton’s last 4 home Premier League games.
Leeds United make the trip to the south coast having defeated Watford 1-0 at home in their previous Premier League game.
The only goal of the game came after 18 minutes and it was the first Premier League victory of the season for Leeds United.
The other 3 points won by Leeds United this season all came from drawn games, one of which was at home against Everton and the other two away at Burnley and Newcastle United.
Away form in the Premier League shows Leeds United are difficult to beat and they have lost only one of their last 5 away trips.
They have defeated Burnley and Southampton, with both victories coming last season, so they are yet to record an away victory in this campaign.
Trends show Leeds United have seen under 2.5 goals scored in 3 of their last 4 away Premier League fixtures.
Looking ahead to the team news and Southampton are without key midfielder James Ward-Prowse due to suspension.
Che Adams is a doubt due to a muscle problem while Armando Broja and Jack Stephens are both expected to miss out.
Leeds United have four players definitely out, with Adam Forshaw, Patrick Bamford, Luke Ayling, and Robin Koch injured. Raphinha is away with Brazil so could miss out and Kalvin Phillips is a doubt due to a knock.
Both teams could be missing key players for this game and that could have a negative impact on the attacking threat and the number of goals we see in the match. This game could end level, with 0-0 a real possibility.
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