Southampton Blogger Has His Say on Sunderland & Tomorrow's Match


To help us preview tomorrow’s crunch home game against Southampton, we got a little help from Christian Candler who writes for Southampton blog site Read Southampton. He gives us insight on their line up and his thoughts on Sunderland’s season.

Southampton come into this weekend’s match on a particularly bad run of form. Their historic win against Liverpool has been overshadowed recently by particularly bad performances and injuries.

Last time out, Southampton suffered a 3-1defeat at home to West Ham. A debut goal from Manolo Gabbiadini was overshadowed by injuries to Sofiane Boufal, and the subsequent three goals from West Ham. On the other hand, Sunderland come of a huge 4-0 win against Crystal Palace, so they will look to carry their momentum through the weekend and pile more issues onto Claude Puel and co.

The Saints will really strive to tighten up the defense, and the imminent arrival of Martin Caceres will help. However, he will probably still be unavailable for this weekends clash against Sunderland. Ryan Bertrand has been mentioned to take over at centre back to replace either Jack Stephens or Maya Yoshida who have been the starters since the loss of Jose Fonte and the injury to Virgil van Dijk. Southampton are also still without Charlie Austin as well. The injuries have riddled Claude Puel’s debut season, and Saints fans will be begging for our fortunes to turn shortly.

Sunderland’s season so far has been the opposite of ours it seems. At the beginning of the season, it seemed like another one of those years for Sunderland. You guys have really turned it on as of late though, and seem destined for survival again now. I wouldn’t be surprised if David Moyes has a few tricks up his sleeve to push y’all even higher up the table. Your high run of form is countered by our abysmal January, losing a shocking 5-0 result to Arsenal, and then 2-1 to a Swansea side we should be beating.

Last match at the Stadium of Light between the two clubs was a tight one, with Southampton taking the 1-0 win thanks to a Dusan Tadic penalty. Saints fans will be hopeful for a similar result, but the recent form of the two clubs provides a lot of worry. There is an air of uncertainty around the club right now, and Puel will try to put things on the right track this weekend to ease the fans and the players’ minds. I think the lineup will look similar to last week, with Stephens getting the rest this weekend and Redmond being brought into the starting XI. Sims has been a bright spark this season, so look to him to make a big impact off the bench.

I think this match will end with a 1-1 draw that will frustrate both teams. It will be another cagey affair, with an emphasis on defense for both squads. Sunderland have been a side that we have dominated in recent years, but has also been a team that has the ability to snatch three points. Drawing Tottenham and beating Crystal Palace in the manner they did bodes well for the Black Cats. Southampton will be looking to really bounce back, but Sunderland’s form of late will be enough to grab a goal as well.

Predicted Lineup: (4-3-3)

GK: Forster
DEF: Cedric, Yoshida, Bertrand, McQueen
MID: Davis, Romeu, Højbjerg
FWD: Redmond, Gabbiadini, Tadic

Subs: Hassen, Stephens, Targett, Ward-Prowse, Sims, Long, Rodriguez,

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