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  • November 28, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Hampshire
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 29325
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Preview: Southampton - Norwich

Preview: Southampton - Norwich

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Nigel Adkins' side is fresh from successive victories and a first clean sheet, but its 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 has 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 lineup 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 center 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 has scored in 11 of its 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 has however conceded 30 goals so far this season, the most in the Premier League, and kept its first clean sheet of the season just last weekend against Newcastle.

  • Norwich is unbeaten in its last seven matches in all competitions, having won its last three home games 1-0 and drawn its 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 has scored with only 8 percent of its efforts on goal, the lowest percentage of any Premier League side, but has kept four clean sheets and conceded just two in its last six Premier League matches.

  • 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 11 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.

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25Paulo GazzanigaGoalkeeper
2Nathaniel ClyneDefender
3Maya YoshidaDefender
6Jose Rocha FonteDefender
23Luke ShawDefender
4Morgan SchneiderlinMidfielder
10G. RamírezMidfielder
18Jack CorkDefender
20Adam LallanaMidfielder
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
-Rickie LambertStriker
1Kelvin DavisGoalkeeper
26Jos HooiveldDefender
38Ben ReevesDefender
8Steven DavisMidfielder
21Guilherme Do PradoMidfielder
9Jay RodriguezStriker
24Emmanuel MayukaStriker
13Mark BunnGoalkeeper
3Steven WhittakerDefender
5S. BassongDefender
18Javier GarridoDefender
24Ryan Bennett Defender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
23Robert SnodgrassMidfielder
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
27Alexander TetteyMidfielder
29Grant HoltStriker
13Declan RuddGoalkeeper
2Russell MartinDefender
20Leon BarnettDefender
8Jonny HowsonMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
10K. JacksonMidfielder
20Steve MorisonStriker

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