Southampton FC - Middlesbrough FC
By Jean Claude on Monday, February 6 2017, 19:55 - Permalink
Southampton's not contrived week. Claude Puel first unit has suffered a clear defeat on land Crystal Palace, then on Thursday sensationally dropped out of the Europa League after a home draw with Hapoel Beer - Sheva. It Middlesbrough in the camp was merrier after all - thanks to Monday's win, the team from the north of England withdrew a little glide waters.
It might not be apparent at first glance, but Southampton are currently experiencing is definitely weaker league season - the last five matches in the Premier League has recorded just one league win, while just three defeats and one draw. In the last encounter, then burned and boasting Saints - and had a solid defensive, which allowed their opponents the least accurate shots on goal in the entire contest. Crystal Palace but spent a miserable 90 minutes and combined with a horror mistake Fraser Forster and cashed three times.
While that guests had a pretty tough draw - in the last five matches, they are faced Chelsea, Manchester City and Leicester City - but they did not all bad. With a total of Leicester and Manchester compiled a valuable draw, and the remaining two matches against Bournemouth and Hull managed to victoriously, with the closest possible difference only succumbed to Chelsea.
On Sunday afternoon will be the first measurement of the mutual forces of the team in the Premier League since March 2005, when Southampton had to land Middlesbrough won 3: 1st At St. Mary's in addition Southampton thrive in the long term, moreover, are the last 17 league games lost only two (and always coincidentally with Chelsea). Offensive productivity is not one of the strongest home team, however, has scored just 13 goals - fewer scored only Burnley and Hull City.
Of Aitor Karanka is slowly becoming a specialist in outdoor duels - the last 7 lost only one, while also facing the giants as Arsenal or Manchester City.
Pets definitely help top scorer Charlie Austin, who on Thursday brought about a shoulder injury. Conversely available should already trio Dusan Tadic, Jay Rodriguez and Sofiane Boufal. The camp Middlesbrough question marks hanging over the start of Gaston Ramirez, Alvaro Nagreda and Jordan Rhodes