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Premier League

  • 25 August 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Hampshire
  • Referee: A. Taylor
  • • Attendance: 29604

Southampton - Wigan Preview: Saints chasing their first victory since winning promotion

Both sides are looking to bounce back from opening day defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea respectively as Premier League football returns to St Mary’s



Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox
Puncheon, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Lallana
Lambert, Rodriguez

Alcaraz, Caldwell, Ramis
Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Figueroa
Maloney, Di Santo

Saints boss Nigel Adkins is likely to make a couple of changes from the side lost 3-2 to current Premier League champions Manchester City, although the same back five are set to start the match.

Ex-Aston Villa midfielder Steven Davis and influential striker Rickie Lambert came on as second-half substitutes at the Etihad Stadium with the latter scoring, and both could have done enough to earn starting berths. Former Chelsea youngster Jack Cork remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

As for the visitors, Roberto Martinez has a full squad to choose from but is unlikely to alter his line-up too much from the side which lost 2-0 at home to Chelsea. Despite a tough debut, Ivan Ramis should keep his place in the starting XI.

Victor Moses looks poised to depart the club after the a bid from Chelsea for the winger was accepted. Summer arrival Arouna Kone looked lively after making his debut as a substitute and could come into the side.

  • Southampton striker Rickie Lambert (pictured right), scored an impressive 27 times in 39 Championship appearances last season.

  • The home side’s highest-ever top-flight league finish came back in 1983-84 when they finished second in the old First Division.
  • Southampton’s biggest-ever crowd at St Mary’s was earlier this year on 28 April when 32, 363 attended the match against Coventry City.
  • Wigan have brought in four players so far this summer -  Fraser Fyvie from Aberdeen, Ivan Ramis from Mallorca, Ryo Miyaichi on a season-long loan from Arsenal and Arouna Kone from Levante.
  • Kone spent last season on loan at the Spanish side from Sevilla, and scored 15 times in 34 La Liga appearances to help them secure a Europa League finish.
  • The Latics highest-ever Premier League finish came back in the 2005-06 campaign when they ended up in 10th spot.

Players to watch

R. Lambert

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Last season's Championship top scorer was left on the bench at the Etihad Stadium but came on to grab a goal and help put the Saints ahead against the Premier League champions.

Whilst the Saints could not hold onto the lead, Lambert may hold onto his place in the side and could prove the dangerman at, what will surely be, a raucous St Mary's.


Position: Defender

Games: 0

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The Spaniard had a difficult introduction to Premier League life last weekend, coming up against Chelsea and Eden Hazard and finding it tough going against the Belgian, conceding the penalty from which the Blues made it 2-0 and effectively won the game.

He will hope for a far better time at St Mary's, but Saints showed last weekend they have plenty of firepower and he will need to find form, and fast, if he is to impress in the Premier League.

Editor's Prediction

Southampton impressed many despite falling to a 3-2 defeat to Manchester City but their goals against the champions showed they should cause problems for teams in the top flight, particularly in the attacking third.

Wigan's defeat to Chelsea was largely expected, but this is a ground where they will hope to pick up points, particularly with their next away fixture in the league being a trip to Manchester United.

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Wigan Athletic FC WIG
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