UK time is: 06:58:17
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Southampton Preview - Home, February 25

WATFORD HOST the most prolific team in the Championship this weekend as Southampton visit the Vic'.

After an all-conquering start to the season, the Saints have picked up just four wins from their last 10 games.


However, that doesn't mean that Nigel Adkins side are struggling too badly - still second in the league and in the automatic promotion spots by five points, it's not a bad return to the second-flight.

Adkins' side can also boast the combined talents of the league's top-scorer, 16-goal Rickie Lambert and his fellow 'Championship Player of the Year' nominee, Adam Lallana.

All-in-all, as wobbles go, it's a pretty desirable 'wobble'.

Southampton will be backed by vociferous support on Saturday, having sold out their allocation for the clash.

The January Transfer Window was not particularly busy for the South Coast outfit, who made just two additions, albeit both age huge ability.

Former Doncaster, Scunthorpe and Sheffield United forward Billy Sharp was one of the most sought-after properties outside the top-flight until the Saints got their man on January 30.

Costing Ł1.8m, Sharp made the Saints his fifth permanent club having rejected the advances of inconsistent Leicester City.

Despite a season of huge personal tragedy, the Sheffield-born striker has still managed 11 league and cup goals for the Saints and Donny this season. At just 26, the virtually one-in-two hitman has a lot to give.

The much less-heralded January addition was that of Iago Falque on loan from Spurs. Captured from Serie 'A' giants Juventus before immediately being loaned up, Falque comes with huge potential.

The 22 year-old Spaniard has also been on loan with Villareal and featured 34 times for their 'B' side in the 2010/11 season.

Adkins has a few injury issues to contend with Dan Seaborne, Danny Butterfield and Lee Barnard all at different stages of their recovery.

Japanese striker Tandari Lee is pushing for a start having bagged in the 4-0 win over Derby County on Saturday.

Sean Dyche will presumably hand Manchester United loanee Tomasz Kuszczak a debut at the expense of Scott Loach whilst Martin Taylor and Stephen McGinn are both out.

Troy Deeney and Sean Murray both missed the defeat at Crystal Palace and are 'doubtful'.

Likely Line-ups:

Watford:
Kuszczak; Hodson, Mariappa, Nosworthy, Doyley; Kacaniklic, Eustace (c), Hogg, Forsyth; Iwelumo & Garner.

Southampton: Davis; Fonte, Hoovield, Harding, Fox; Schneiderlin, Cork, Chaplow; Lambert, Sharp, Lallana.

Match Officials: (R) Mr T Bates; (ARs) Mr B Holderness & Mr D Robathan; (4th) Mr I Cooper.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Tom Bodell Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 24 2012

Time: 9:23AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Watford Articles

Watford 2-2 Forest: A Neutral's View (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Hornets Held By Forest (Wednesday October 22 2014)

PREVIEW: Watford v Forest (Tuesday October 21 2014)

Opposing View: Nottingham Forest (Monday October 20 2014)

Watford Cruise To Win At Hillsborough (Saturday October 18 2014)

Stats: Sheffield Wednesday v Watford (Saturday October 18 2014)

McKinlay and Jokanović: Questions (Tuesday October 7 2014)

Watford Held At Home By Brighton (Saturday October 4 2014)

Archived Watford Articles

List All Vital Watford Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. ANDY710 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Watford 4 - 1 Leeds Utd
Watford 1 - 1 Brighton
Watford 3 - 0 Bolton
Sheff Wed 0 - 3 Watford
Norwich 3 - 0 Watford
Charlton 1 - 0 Watford

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Derby County 13 7 5 1 +13 26
2. Watford 13 7 4 2 +11 25
3. Middlesbrough 13 7 2 4 +7 23
4. Wolves 13 6 5 2 +5 23
5. Norwich 13 6 4 3 +10 22
6. Forest 13 5 7 1 +9 22
7. Charlton 13 5 7 1 +4 22

Breaking League News

Meet The Ref - Derby v Latics - Bobby Madley
» Wigan : 23/10/2014 06:00:00
PWU Latics Podcast - All M*A*S*H*ed Up
» Wigan : 23/10/2014 06:00:00
The Reds unbolt the Trotters.
» Charlton : 22/10/2014 23:06:00
LUFC Who should replace Doukara in attack?
» Leeds Utd : 22/10/2014 21:26:00
LUFC Cellino backs defender in race row
» Leeds Utd : 22/10/2014 20:50:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who was man of the match against Sheff Wed on Saturday?
Suggested By:  Editor
Sebastien Bassong 9%
Daniel Pudil 14%
Daniel Tozser 7%
Almen Abdi 7%
Matej Vydra 28%
Fernando Forestieri 35%