Southampton – Norwich Preview

Nigel Adkins

Southampton have no new fitness concerns but right back Frazer Richardson (hip) and central midfielder Richard Chaplow (thigh) are doubtful as they look to recover from injury. Nigel Adkins could therefore name a line up unchanged from that which beat Newcastle 2-0 on Sunday, with Luke Shaw and Jack Cork having established themselves in place of Danny Fox and Steven Davis at left back and centre midfield respectively. Jay Rodriguez could feature up front at some point.

Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy (thigh) is doubtful after being taken off against Everton on Saturday, and could be replaced by Mark Bunn. Michael Turner (shoulder) was ruled out so Ryan Bennett could retain his place at centre back, or alternatively the returning Russell Martin could take his place.

Chris Hughton has winger Elliott Bennett and central midfielder Jonny Howson as alternatives in the middle of the park, while Steve Morison and Simeon Jackson are options up front and could feature at some point alongside Grant Holt, but striker Harry Kane (ankle) is still unavailable.

 Facts and Stats:

  • Southampton┬áhave scored in 11 of their 13 league games so far this season, and could record a third successive win for the first time in the Premier League since┬áDecember 2003 having been relegated in 2005
  • Nigel AdkinsÔÇÖ side have however conceded 30 goals so far this season, the most in the Premier League, and kept their first clean sheet of the season just last weekend against Newcastle.
  • Norwich┬áare unbeaten in their last seven matches in all competitions, having won their last three home games 1-0 and drawn their last three away games in the Premier League. Only Manchester United and Manchester City have claimed more points in their last six league matches.
  • Chris HughtonÔÇÖs side have scored with only 8 per cent of their efforts on goal, the lowest percentage of any Premier League side, but have kept four clean sheets and conceded just two in their last six Premier League matches.
  • The two sides last met in February 2010 in League One after both were relegated from the Championship in 2009. Three of the Norwich starting eleven that day have featured so far for the Canaries this season, and five of the Southampton eleven featured for the Saints on Sunday.
  • Each side won promotion to the Premier League on their first attempt following promotion to the Championship, the Canaries in 2011 before the Saints in 2012.
  • The Saints have won two and drawn three of their last five games in all competitions against the Canaries, scoring exactly two goals in each match.
  • CanariesÔÇÖ top scorer Grant Holt was the second-highest English goal scorer in the Premier League last season with 15 strikes. He has three this term but has failed to find the back of the net in his last five matches

PROBABLE LINEUPS:

Southampton: Gazzaniga; Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw; Puncheon, Schneiderlin, Cork, Lallana; Ramirez; Lambert

Norwich: Ruddy; Whittaker, Bassong, Bennett, Garrido; Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington; Hoolahan; Holt