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  • 28 November 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Hampshire
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 29325
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Southampton - Norwich Preview: Saints seek third successive win against resolute Canaries

Nigel Adkins' side are fresh from successive victories and a first clean sheet, but their opponents have conceded just two in a run of six-match unbeaten run under Chris Hughton

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SOUTHAMPTON
Southampton
Gazzaniga
Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw
Puncheon, Schneiderlin, Cork, Lallana
Ramirez
Lambert
NORWICH
  Norwich City
Ruddy
Whittaker, Bassong, Bennett, Garrido
Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington
Hoolahan
Holt

Southampton have no new fitness concerns but right back Frazer Richardson (hip) and central midfielder Richard Chaplow (thigh) are doubtful as they look to recover from injury.

Nigel Adkins could therefore name a line up unchanged from that which beat Newcastle 2-0 on Sunday, with Luke Shaw and Jack Cork having established themselves in place of Danny Fox and Steven Davis at left back and centre midfield respectively. Jay Rodriguez could feature up front at some point.

Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy (thigh) is doubtful after being taken off against Everton on Saturday, and could be replaced by Mark Bunn.

Michael Turner (shoulder) was ruled out so Ryan Bennett could retain his place at centre back, or alternatively the returning Russell Martin could take his place.

Chris Hughton has winger Elliott Bennett and central midfielder Jonny Howson as alternatives in the middle of the park, while Steve Morison and Simeon Jackson are options up front and could feature at some point alongside Grant Holt, but striker Harry Kane (ankle) is still unavailable.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Southampton have scored in 11 of their 13 league games so far this season, and could record a third successive win for the first time in the Premier League since December 2003 having been relegated in 2005.

  • Nigel Adkins’ side have however conceded 30 goals so far this season, the most in the Premier League, and kept their first clean sheet of the season just last weekend against Newcastle.

  • Norwich are unbeaten in their last seven matches in all competitions, having won their last three home games 1-0 and drawn their last three away games in the Premier League. Only Manchester United and Manchester City have claimed more points in their last six league matches.

  • Chris Hughton’s side have scored with only 8 per cent of their efforts on goal, the lowest percentage of any Premier League side, but have kept four clean sheets and conceded just two in their last six Premier League matches. Norwich are 6/1 with Bet365 to win this game without conceding.

  • The two sides last met in February 2010 in League One after both were relegated from the Championship in 2009. Three of the Norwich starting eleven that day have featured so far for the Canaries this season, and five of the Southampton eleven featured for the Saints on Sunday.

  • Each side won promotion to the Premier League on their first attempt following promotion to the Championship, the Canaries in 2011 before the Saints in 2012.

  • The Saints have won two and drawn three of their last five games in all competitions against the Canaries, scoring exactly two goals in each match.

  • Canaries’ top scorer (pictured right) Grant Holt was the second-highest English goal scorer in the Premier League last season with 15 strikes. He has three this term but has failed to find the back of the net in his last five matches.

Players to watch

A. Lallana

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The 24-year-old’s consistent displays this season have earned him a call-up to the England squad, and after netting the opening goal against Newcastle on Saturday he went on to help create several more opportunities for the Saints. The attacking midfielder’s intelligent link-up play will be key to breaking through their opponents’ tight defence on Wednesday as he looks to drift into pockets of space from the left flank.

Javier Garrido

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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The left-back’s overlapping runs have been integral to his side’s attacking play, with his accurate crossing setting up Anthony Pilkington in the Canaries’ 1-0 home win against Manchester United, and his free kick assisting Sebastien Bassong’s late equalizer against Norwich. The Spaniard has also played his part in a back four that has conceded just two goals in their last six matches, having started every league match since his arrival on loan from Lazio.

Editor's Prediction

The Saints are in good form after collecting two consecutive victories after six league games without a win and Nigel Adkins’ side have the firepower to continue their run at home against on Wednesday. Chris Hughton’s side have proved resolute in defence throughout their seven matches undefeated in all competitions but the Canaries could be outgunned against their newly-confident opponents.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Southampton

Norwich City

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Southampton FC SOT
Southampton FC Southampton
Draw
Norwich City FC NOR
Norwich City FC Norwich City
47%
21%
32%

Top 3 Predictions

Southampton FC SOT
2 - 1
Norwich City FC NOR
Southampton FC SOT
1 - 1
Norwich City FC NOR
Southampton FC SOT
1 - 2
Norwich City FC NOR

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