2021-22 Premier League: Week Eight – Southampton vs Leeds

Southampton welcome Leeds United to St Mary’s Stadium in a huge clash near the foot of the Premier League table. 

Victory would see Southampton leapfrog Leeds and potentially climb as high as 14th in the standings, whereas Leeds could go 13th if Leicester and Watford lose elsewhere.

 

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James Ward-Prowse is suspended for Southampton after being red-carded in their 3-1 loss at Chelsea just prior to the international break.

Che Adams is ruled out with a muscle injury suffered whilst on international duty for Scotland and joins Jack Stephens (knee) on the sidelines.

Leeds could be without Kalvin Phillips after the midfielder withdrew from international duty for England with a calf injury.

Raphinha (fitness), Adam Forshaw (thigh) and Crysencio Summerville (illness) are also set to be available for selection if declared match fit.

Robin Koch (groin), Luke Ayling (knee) and Patrick Bamford (ankle) remain ruled out.

 

Stat Attack

  • Southampton are unbeaten in four of their last six Premier League meetings against Leeds (W2, D2, L2).
  • Leeds have won two of their last five visits to Southampton in Premier League (W2, L3).
  • Patrick Bamford scored in both meetings for Leeds against Southampton last season (W2).
  • Both of James Ward-Prowse’s goals for Southampton this season came from the penalty spot.
  • Leeds have scored once in all three away league matches this season with all three goals coming after half-time.

 

Prediction

Southampton knew a result at Chelsea a fortnight was always a tall order but they did definitely give it a good go, despite their poor defending costing them especially after Ward-Prowse’s red card when the game was locked at 1-1 but they did offer proper goal threats when got the opportunities to do so.

Leeds meanwhile were simply excellent without Patrick Bamford against Watford because they showed real positive energy to their attacks, which left the Hornets’ defence floundering at times but should feel disappointed to have not scored more goals thanks to Ben Foster’s saves in goal.

On that note, I do expect a cracking contest here because both teams have the quality to really go for it and particularly Southampton – given that Leeds are more even opposition than Chelsea, although I do worry that the loss of Ward-Prowse and Adams could hurt them here slightly.

Prediction: Southampton 1-1 Leeds

Result: Southampton 1-0 Leeds

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