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Southampton 1 v 1 Watford
Barclays Premier League
Saturday, 10th November 2018 Kick-off 15:00
Saints V Watford The Preview
Saturday, 10th Nov 2018 10:15

Change is in the air at St Mary's and Saints fans are hoping that will mean only a second Premier League win at the stadium in virtually a year.

Saints hierarchy knew that something had to change and although Les Reed would not have had a direct affect on today's game against Watford had he stayed, his departure will take some of the sting out of the crowd's venom towards the club, show them that the club is not just sitting back thinking all things are rosy and help create an atmosphere in which the team can win a game.

The last home game against Newcastle had as flat an atmosphere at St Mary's since the dark days of the mid 00's and Reed's departure rightly or wrongly will give Saints supporters hope .
But it's down to the players to pull their fingers out, the confidence is not there at the moment, but they like us have to isolate the Manchester City game and accept that City's brilliance at the moment was just as much a factor as our own players failings in that game, previous to that Saints had kept two clean sheets and the confidence was returning.

We have to forget the City game and take the good points from the Bournemouth and Newcastle games and build on those foundations.

The one plus point from City was we scored and even though it was a penalty it does take one monkey off our back, we have to now build on it.

Saints seem to have injury issues with both Hoedt and Lemina, some seem to be glad that Hoedt will be out, I dont agree with them, at Bournemouth he was outstanding and a big part of us keeping it solid at the back, but some just cant seem to forgive his mistake at the same ground a year earlier, perhaps he is not up to the standard of his predecessor and fellow Dutchman Van Dyke, but he is the best of a bad bunch we have in central defence at the moment.

If he is out then who replaces him will be crucial, will Hughes opt for Yoshida or restore Vestergaard to the team, I suspect it may be the latter, in the early games Vestergaard looked a good prospect but then he seemed to struggle, this week he has said the right words, he now needs to step up and show why we bought him.

Lemina would be a loss, but we have several options to replace him including Romeu.

I also have a nagging feeling that there could be a shock change in goal, I have always said that Saints haven't paid £12 million for Angus Gunn to keep him on the bench for too long, Alex McCarthy has not been up to last season's standards this season, at Manchester City although he did not make any mistakes as such I elt that he should have done better with virtually all the goals and had it been Fraser Forster letting them in the fans would have blamed him.

That being the case could this be the game to bring in Gunn who has looked solid in the League cup games, I am not sure but I think it is going to happen sooner or later.

Saints fans need to see things done differently and another hope is Michael Obafemi who has jumped above Manolo Gabbiadini in the pecking order, he could be key on a day when a hero needs to emerge.

Assuming that neither injury doubt makes the cut I would like to see the following team

McCarthy /Gunn

Cedric, Stephens, Vestergaard, Bertrand

JWP Hojbjerg, Romeu, Redmond

Long, Ings


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HythePeer added 10:49 - Nov 10
McCarthy /Gunn

Cedric, Stephens, Vestergaard, Bertrand

JWP Hojbjerg, Romeu, Redmond

Long, Ings

How often does this team score a goal?

SanMarco added 11:23 - Nov 10
Even a pessimist like me keeps thinking that surely the home torture must end soon. Ideal opportunity today - Watford have started well but have shown signs of sinking back. These are the games we must win at home. MH must 'rest' Long today. Give Gabbi or even Obafemi a go. As for the back I fully agree with the 'best of a bad bunch' comment. I have no idea which two are the best mind...

I_would added 11:28 - Nov 10

mikesaint added 12:47 - Nov 10
JWP your having a laugh he was part of the reason we lost 6-1 to city. He cant tackle , cant defend and is to slow. Just hope he is nowhere on the team sheet today.

Ali_Diarea added 14:06 - Nov 10
Gabbiadini and Armstrong starting, clearly Mark Hughes knows that this is a must win game for him!

I_would added 14:09 - Nov 10
No JWP! 😊

KriSaint added 18:15 - Nov 10
I am not sure Cedric has deserved to start after his performance vs City.
I´d like to see Stephens get a few games as right back.

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