Southampton vs Watford:
English Premier League 2016/17,
Date: Saturday, 13 August 2016,
Kick-Off: 15:00 UK,
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton).
Southampton will kick-off their 2016/2017 Premier League campaign when they host Watford on Saturday afternoon at St Mary’s Stadium
Southampton finished last season on a high note, they finished 6th position and they were on a 4 game winning streak in their last games. They won 18 of their games last season, lost 11 and drawn 9.
The Saints had the 5th best goal difference (+18) in the league last season. The new manager will hope for a solid start to this season as they also have Europa League games constituted in.
Watford on the other hand weren’t so bright last season, but they finished comfortably in the 13th position in the league with 45 points. They won only 12 of their games last year and lost 17.
The Hornets’ last 3 games last campaign ended without a win as they lost 2 and 1. The new manager Mazzarri is expected to prove his worth to the Pozzo’s family.
Southampton: Team News
Florin Gardos will miss the Saint’s opening match due to injury. Cedric Soares and Jose Fonte are likely to be rested due to the lack of match fitness.
Virgil van Dijk are Ryan Bertrand are carrying knocks, but both are expected to start.
While the new signings Nathan Redmond, Jeremy Pied and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg are set for their debuts.
Southampton: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-4-2)
Forster – Pied, Yoshida, Dijk, Martina – Tadic, Davis, Romeu, Hojbjerg – Long, Redmond.
Watford: Team News
Walter Mazzari will be without Craig Cathcart, Etienne Capoue, Dja Djedje and Isaac Success for the trip to Southampton.
New summer arrivals Christian Kabasele and Juan Zuniga are expected to start in a 3-5-2 formation.
Watford: Predicted Starting Line-up (3-5-2)
Gomes – Kabasele, Britos, Prodl – Zuniga, Watson, Capoue, Suarez, Nyom – Ighalo, Deeney.
Southampton vs Watford: Head to Head
Both teams have played 25 times together with Watford winning 10 as against the Saints’ 9, while 6 games end in draw.
Southampton are unbeaten in the last 5 games against Watford, with 3 wins and 2 draws. The Saints have also kept clean sheets in the last 4 games, scoring at least 2 in 3 of the last 4 games.
Southampton vs Watford: Prediction
Southampton were unbeaten in their pre-season games, they won 4 of their 5 club friendly games and drew 1. Also Saints kept clean sheets in 3 of their 5 summer friendly games, they conceded just 2 goals.
Watford’s pre-season games was a fluctuating form, they won 2 games, drew 2 and lost 1 which was against Queens Park Rangers.
Also the games played between these two teams at St. Mary’s Stadium have never ended in draw.
I expect the home team to win this one with a 3-1 score line.
Southampton vs Watford: Tips
- Southampton win.
- Both teams to score