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Clasie performance but a Soares draw (Soton Match Thread 19.08.17)

With Southampton subject to a Jisheng Gao Chinese takeover this week, a raft of new signings are promised.

Some of the players mentioned are 'Christie Aarons Matic Pied King Dunk' with 'Frei Rice' also tipped to follow.

Fans are encouraged to call themselves the 'Terry Cottee' army with plenty of fireworks expected (boom boom)

Known as Liverpool’s feeder club, Gao promises to ‘take-away’ this image or Romeu it altogether and not be Forster sell any more players

It was sweet then sour for 'Dick' Van Dijk. It’s a jolly ‘oliday at St Marys was his initiation song. Now ‘Barry Manolo’ Gabbiadini is the new singer on the block closely followed by the up and coming 'Shakin' Stephens'…

After promising Tadic the old playing style, new tactics are being discussed for Saturday...

Will they play a Long ball game, a Targett man or shall we just wait until Austin 'powers' (grr baby) through

Their academy is celebrated but it’s the way they’re now treating injuries that’s better than everyone else. They have their own wing at Southamptons St Marys hospital with ‘Ward’ Prowse at the center of it

Positives for us… Antonio expected back with Lanzini, Kouyate and Carroll close behind him in the next week or two. Also, let it be noted we only have to play against Lukaku one more time this season

Verdict: Yoshida known better. Things Saint wot they used to be


  • Antonio fit but others not ready yet ;hmm
  • If we are serious about top 8. 3 points needed. But i dont see it.
  • We won there last year
  • edited August 2017
    Nailed on win

    Never have I felt more certain of a win than this game.

    Have a feeling at least one of Kouyate/Lanzini/Carroll will be on the bench.

    1-3 (Chica to open his account)

    Zabaleta - Fonte - Reid - Cresswell
    Noble - Obiang
    Antonio - Ayew - Arnautovic
  • Both Lawro and Merse have us down to lose and that considering they haven't scored at home in 6 games.
    I think they're basing it on our performance last week.
  • edited August 2017
    "Have a feeling at least one of Kouyate/Lanzini/Carroll will be on the bench."

    ;hmm I don't think so.
  • I'm also certain we'll win this and score 3 in the process.
  • IronHerb said:

    "Have a feeling at least one of Kouyate/Lanzini/Carroll will be on the bench."

    ;hmm I don't think so.

    SB said they're all close the other day...
  • We must intimidate, infuriate impede and manipulate them.
  • Wish Slaven would go 3 at the back but I know he won't

    Hoping for a win but think we will be lucky to draw if I'm being honest think the United game would've hurt the team
  • While Antonio is ready to return to action against his old club at St Mary’s Stadium, Saturday’s fixture has come a week too soon for Cheikhou Kouyate and Andy Carroll.

    “Manu is training individually and he is joining us on Monday, so we are going to have a full squad back for the Newcastle game,” Bilic enthused.

  • Have a feeling at least one of Kouyate/Lanzini/Carroll will be on the bench says Carroll, Kouyate and Lanzini will be back for Newcastle.

    Zabaletta Reid Ogbonna Masuaku
    Noble Obiang
    Antonio Ayew Arnautovic

    Adrian Fonte Creswell Rice Fernandes Sakho Haksabanovic
  • Got a feeling were are going to nick a win 2-1 West Ham
  • I am wearing my unlucky shirt for the match. The hoodoo will be broken this weekend. ;scarf
  • 3-4 changes....

    Masuaku / Cresswell
    Fonte / Ogbonna
    Antonio / Fernandes
    Sakho / Ayew

  • 3 points please, guys
    coyi ;goal ;goal ;goal

  • Hope Antonio isn't gonna aggravate his injury he's been gone for months and he's only had one friendly game



    What I think we will see

    Zabaleta Reid Ogbonna Cresswell
    Noble Obiang
    Antonio Ayew Arnie

    Sub: Adrian, Masuaka, Fonte, Byram, Rice, Fernandes, Sakho

    Also I would be more than tempted to start rice he has done enough in preseason and against warrant to warrant a place
  • Hart
    Zab - Reid - Ogbonna - Cresswell
    Rice - Obiang
    Antonio - Ayew - Arnie

    Adrian, Arthur, Fonte, Collins, Noble, Fernandes, Sakho
  • I get why most suggest seeing Arthur dropped after his performance against Man Utd, but after just 1 poor game ;hmm
  • Rumour going round that Rice starts.
  • Would be happy with that

    If they are good enough they should start and he seems good enough

    Nobody impressed against United so none of them should be guaranteed a position

    Think he will play as a DM in place of Fernandes in a 4-3-3
  • Match day ;wahoo
  • So I reckon:

    Zabaleta - Reid - Ogbonna - Cresswell
    Noble - Rice - Obiang
    Antonio - Chicharito - Arnautovic
  • Southampton haven't scored in a home game since the Berlin Wall came down.

    How quickly do we reckon they'll score against us? I'm going 57 seconds.

  • ;goal

    Pre-match stat: Mark Noble has scored five league goals against Southampton, more than he has managed against any other team.
  • Hart
    Zabaleta Reid Fonte Cresswell
    Noble Rice
    Antonio Ayew Arnautovic

    Adrian, Ogbonna, Masuaka, Byram Obiang, Fernandes, Sakho

    Confirmed on SSN app

    Obiang dropped though?
  • Goals in that team. Saints not scored at home on a saturday afternoon (3pm) since Feb....againts west ham
  • Obiang was awful against Man Utd. My guess is that Bilic has taken this opportunity to give Rice a go by dropping Obiang.

    I think it's a case of dropping him for this game to see how Rice does rather than Rice now being ahead of Obiang in the pecking order.
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