Sunderland travel to the south coast to face Southampton this weekend with the Black Cats searching for a vital three points. Sam Allardyce’s side are currently one place out of the relegation zone with the Wearsiders having a superior goal difference to Norwich and Newcastle.
Southampton are pushing for a European spot under Ronald Koeman with the Dutchman’s side hoping to put a 2-0 midweek defeat behind them. The Saints will have fond memories of this fixture having battered the Black Cats 8-0 last season in what was Sunderland heaviest defeat in modern history.
Kickoff – Saturday 5th March @ 1500
Venue – St Marys Stadium
Last Season – Southampton 8-0 Sunderland
Referee – Kevin Friend
Potential Sunderland Squad – Pickford, Mannone, Jones, Matthews, Jones, Brown, O’Shea, Yedlin, Kone, Van Aanholt, Kaboul, Rodwell, Larsson Kirchhoff, Toivonen, M’Vila, Borini, Khazri, Defoe
Injuries: Watmore (Ankle), Lens (Doubt), Cattermole (Head), O’Shea (Doubt).
Potential Southampton Squad: Forster, Van Dijk, Fonte, Yoshida, Soares, Bertrand, Davis, Romeu, Clasie, Mane, Stekelenburg, Targett, Martina, Tadic, Ward-Prowse, Austin, Pellé, Reed, Juanmi.
Injuries: Rodriguez (Ankle), Gardos (Knee), Austin (Hamstring), Long (Leg), Wanyama (Suspended).
Read Sunderland’s Prediction:
This has been a tough place to come for Sunderland over the years and I expect Saturday to be no different.
Southampton 1-0 Sunderland