Ralph Hasenhuttl says Southampton’s win over Manchester City last season was important to show them that they had the quality to threaten the big teams. Still, I wouldn’t expect their side to be where they currently are:
I would have laughed, I think. To keep it looking like this, we have to play a good game today, because it is a difficult challenge for us. It was a part of the foundations, a part of the basement that we have built over the enclosure. Value. A different game with the fans and an advantage for the locals. It definitely creates atmosphere, even if there are only a few thousand.
Pep Guardiola has a pre-game chat. Gabriel Jesus is, he says, with a concussion (I thought he said that Jesus was suffering from a “concussion of the teeth,” but surely I heard wrong). He is then asked if his team is close to getting back to its best:
No. We are not in a position to do our best. There are many circumstances for a team. We are not playing well. We have created more opportunities in most games than the opponents, but we don’t win games and when you don’t win games you lose confidence.
Has been a last minute postponement at Rotherham, where the Derby game has been abandoned after a member of Rotherham’s team tested positive for Covid-19, and with “more players inside the first-team bubble showing symptoms of the virus today. “
There’s a many very excited statisticians right now.
Crystal Palace Punishment It’s over and Liverpool beat them 7-0. Palace now has the worst goal difference outside of the last four.
Southampton v Manchester City teams!
All teams from all 3pm games have been submitted, and these will be the lineups at St Mary’s:
Southampton: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Walcott, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Djenepo, Ings, Adams. Subs: Stephens, Long, Redmond, Armstrong, Salisu, Tella, Diallo, N’Lundulu, Forster.
City man: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Dias, Joao Cancelo, Gundogan, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Torres. Subs: Ake, Agüero, Zinchenko, Mendy, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Carson, Foden, Nmecha.
Referee: Mike Dean.
Liverpool have 20 minutes left to add to your goals count at Crystal Palace. They currently lead 5-0, and Rob Smyth is their man for that:
Saturday afternoon brings a glut of games, albeit with only a 3pm start in the Premier League and the leaders of both the top flight and the Championship playing at lunchtime. In the championship Norwich closest rivals, Bournemouth and Watford, both play away from home, in Luton and Huddersfield respectively, while the fourth ranked Swansea host Barnsley and former leaders Reading travel to Brentford in a battle of ding-dong fifth against sixth. Towards the bottom Derby will leave the last three if they exceed Nottingham Forest (who visits Millwall) or winning in Rotherham, those three teams divided before the game only on goal difference.
In League One, with several games canceled due to Covid cases Lincoln City (to Northampton, which are one point out of the last four) and Doncaster (at the bottom of the table Burton albion) are the only six best teams in action. League Two looks second Carlisle visit fourth classified Green Forest in the game of the day while a little further down the table two of the sides flirt with the play-off positions – seventh place Colchester and Morecambe in eighth – playing at Colchester Community Stadium.
As for our only Premier League match, here are our planned lineups for Southampton v Manchester City:
Manchester City and Southampton posted disappointing draws in the middle of the week, although Pep Guardiola should be more concerned considering his team continues to struggle to score despite having ridiculously talented players on offense. Much may depend on whether Sergio Agüero returns. The talisman has the power to dispel City’s fear, but if its absence continues, Ralph Hasenhüttl has an entire team that has lost only once in its last 11. The Saints may have a great chance of repeating last season’s surprise. .
And here are today’s matches in the English Football League and Scottish Premiership (all start times at 3pm GMT unless noted):
Crystal Palace v. Liverpool (12.30)
Everton v. Arsenal (5.30)
Newcastle v Fulham (8:00)
Southampton vs. Man City
Birmingham vs. Middlesbrough
Brentford vs. Reading
Huddersfield vs. Watford
Luton vs Bournemouth
Millwall vs. Nottm Forest
Norwich v Cardiff (12.30)
Rotherham vs. Derby
Sheff Wed v. Coventry
Stoke vs. Blackburn
Swansea vs. Barnsley
Wycombe vs. QPR
Accrington Stanley vs. Blackpool
Burton Albion vs. Doncaster
Fleetwood Town vs. Wigan
Northampton vs. Lincoln City
Plymouth vs. Milton Keynes Dons
Rochdale vs. Gillingham (1.00)
Swindon vs. Charlton
Wimbledon vs. Crewe
Barrow vs. Cheltenham
Bolton vs. Tranmere
Bradford vs. Cambridge Utd
Colchester vs. Morecambe
Forest Green vs. Carlisle
Grimsby vs. Scunthorpe
Harrogate Town vs. Salford City
Leyton Orient vs. Crawley Town
Mansfield vs. Southend
Newport County vs. Oldham
Walsall v. Port Vale
Hibernian vs. Dundee Utd
Rangers vs. Motherwell
Ross County vs. Hamilton
St Mirren vs. St Johnstone
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