Southampton and West Ham battle 0-0 Premier League draw

Both sides created chances to win it, but with no real cutting edge at either end, a draw will go down as fair.

With the game bogged down in midfield in the first 45 minutes, Ryan Fredericks’ header went down as the game’s first meaningful chance.

With Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl missing from the touchline, the hosts were unable to really get themselves going after the break, it was West Ham that created the better chances to win it.

In form Tomas Soucek proved again what a handful he can be as the Czech star brought a diving stop from Alex McCarthy.

But just as the game looked to drifting off towards a complete, Said Benrahma was presented with a golden opportunity inside the box, but McCarthy spread himself to preserve his clean sheet.

Full Time at the St.Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton 0 West Ham 0

Premier League: Fulham 0-0 Southampton

Scott Parkers side felt they should have had a penalty after a ball from Lookman was flicked onto Jan Bednarek’s arm, which was close to his body, but referee Darren England allowed the game to continue and VAR affirmed the referee’s decision on review.

Despite struggling to make an impact early on, James Ward-Prowse almost gave Southampton the lead in typical fashion, with his 25-yard free-kick rebounding off the woodwork before Che Adams missed the rebound.

Shane Long and Theo Walcott both looked to have broken the deadlock for the visitors in the second half, only to have their efforts ruled out for offside on review as Saints slipped to eighth in the table.

The Cottagers played out their fourth consecutive draw and did so in the absence of their manager Scott Parker, who remains in self-isolation after a member of his household tested positive for coronavirus.

There were just three shots on target during the game, with possession also evenly shared between the sides.

Southampton had previously gone on a seven-match unbeaten run earlier in the season, during which they briefly topped the table, but the result sees them drop out of the European places.

Premier League: Fulham 0-0 Southampton

Scott Parkers side felt they should have had a penalty after a ball from Lookman was flicked onto Jan Bednarek’s arm, which was close to his body, but referee Darren England allowed the game to continue and VAR affirmed the referee’s decision on review.

Despite struggling to make an impact early on, James Ward-Prowse almost gave Southampton the lead in typical fashion, with his 25-yard free-kick rebounding off the woodwork before Che Adams missed the rebound.

Shane Long and Theo Walcott both looked to have broken the deadlock for the visitors in the second half, only to have their efforts ruled out for offside on review as Saints slipped to eighth in the table.

The Cottagers played out their fourth consecutive draw and did so in the absence of their manager Scott Parker, who remains in self-isolation after a member of his household tested positive for coronavirus.

There were just three shots on target during the game, with possession also evenly shared between the sides.

Southampton had previously gone on a seven-match unbeaten run earlier in the season, during which they briefly topped the table, but the result sees them drop out of the European places.

Manchester City seal vital 1-0 Premier League win at Southampton

Pep Guardiola’s side were unable to match Liverpool’s seven goal haul at Selhurst Park but Raheem Sterling first half strike proved enough to secure a key three points.

Neither side created much in a frantic opening but City’s first real attack handed Sterling the perfect chance to blast home.

Bernardo Silva’s pounced on a loose ball in midfield, he fed in Kevin De Bruyne, and the Belgian drilled cross was emphatically tucked home by Sterling.

But the Saints refused to be knocked by that setback as Danny Ings came within inches of finding an equaliser.

Theo Walcott’s pace took him away from two challenges and hang a cross into the box with Ings nodding agonisingly wide.

But the hosts intensity inevitably dropped off after the break, with Ings forced off through injury, and Ferran Torres fizzing an effort just wide.

However with just a single goal in it heading in to the final 15 minutes it was still open season on the south coast.

City defender John Stones produced an outrageous block to deny Che Adams before Alex McCarthy produced a world class stop from Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez blazed over in added time.

Full Time at the St. Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton Manchester City

Sheffield United’s misery deepens with 3-0 defeat at Southampton

Pressure on the Blades boss will continue to intensify in the days ahead as goals from Che Adams, Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Redmond sealed three points for the Saints.

Both teams struggled to settle into an early rhythm on a rainy south coast as Jan Bedranek powered a header wide and Sander Berge’s scuffed effort failed to test Alex McCarthy.

But with a scrappy theme beginning to develop before the break the Saints did edge in front through Adams.

James Ward-Prowse’s free kick was headed back into the box and Adams was more determined than John Egan as he bundled past Aaron Ramsdale.

Not being able to keep Southampton out before the break dented United confidence after the restart as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team went through gears.

Armstrong extended their lead on the hour as his deflected strike trickled past Ramsdale.

That left the Blades chasing shadows in the closing stages as Redmond tucked home a deserved third with five minutes left.

He linked up cleverly with Oriol Romeu on the edge of the box and with no Blades defender tracking his run he confidently slotted past Ramsdale.

Full Time at the St. Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton 3 Sheffield United 0

Premier League Preview: Southampton v Sheffield United

The Saints have won four in six heading into this one and with United without a win so far this season they will be confident of a positive result.

Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed he has a fully fit squad to pick from against the Blades and the Austrian is only likely to make limited changes.

Star man Danny Ings netted the winner off the bench at Brighton last weekend and he looks certain to replace Moussa Djenepo in the starting XI.

Blades boss Chris Wilder has confirmed Enda Stevens and Lys Mousset will be fit to return for him with
Max Lowe and John Lundstrum set to drop down to the bench.

Kick Off on the south coast is set for 12pm at the St.Mary’s Stadium

Unflappable Danny Ings downs Seagulls in Southampton Win.

Southampton extended their unbeaten run against their south-coast rivals to eight games after a 2-1 victory at the Amex Stadium.

2000 Seagulls fans were welcomed back to the ground following a nine-month absence and would have been delighted to see their team take the lead with a Pascal Gross penalty that sent Alex McCarthy the wrong way after James Ward Prowse handled the ball in the area.

It was just reward for a first 25mins that saw Brighton on the front foot, calling the Southampton keeper off his line to gather on two previous occasions.

Brighton continued to press after the goal with Southampton struggling to find any real rhythm in their game and it was against the run of play that the Saints found their breakthrough with James Ward-Prowse continuing his impressive record from set-pieces with a pinpoint corner that found the head of Jan Vestergaard.

Brighton started the second half equally brightly with Tariq Tamptey looking threatening down the right but it was Southampton who would have the final say on proceedings.

Kyle Walker-Peters was bought down by Solly March on the edge of the area on 79 minutes with the referee initially awarding a free-kick. A lengthy VAR review duly followed with David Coote finally awarding the penalty which substitute Danny Ings dispatched to notch his 7th of the season.

Southampton in the European places and Brighton left wondering what might have been.

Premier League Preview: Brighton v Southampton

The Saints have struggled following the return of football after the international break, but they will still be confident of a positive result in this one.

Despite their dip in form, Ralph Hasenhuttl is not expected to make too many alterations, with Shane Long the only potential change after Moussa Djenepo failed to shake off an injury.

Star man Danny Ings and Nathan Redmond have both returned to light training this week but Hasenhuttl has already confirmed neither will be included in the squad.

Brighton boss Graham Potter will recall Tariq Lamptey to the starting line-up, following a one game ban, with Joel Veltman set to drop to the bench.

Potter also confirmed Alexis MacAllister and Neil Maupay are both fit to face the Saints but Adam Lallana, Davy Propper and Florian Andone are all still sidelined.

Brighton take on Southampton at the Amex at 8pm on Monday, December 7th.

Edinson Cavani inspires Manchester United 3-2 comeback win at Southampton

The hosts dominated the opening 45 minutes, but an old classic of a game of two halves, Cavani’s half time kickstarted an incredible United comeback.

On a day to forget for United’s defence, it was the Saints who stormed into the lead on 23 minutes as Jan Bednarek powered home James Ward-Prowse’s corner.

And Ward-Prowse turned from provider to lethal finisher ten minutes later as the England midfielder curled home a trademark free kick.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team could and should have wrapped the game up before the break, but United keeper David De Gea produced a brilliant stop to deny Stuart Armstrong.

That chink of hope was all United needed after restart, as Alex McCarthy denied Cavani and Marcus Rashford in a busy spell for the visitors.

But that change in direction for Solskjaer’s side was exactly what they needed as Bruno Fernandes burst into the box to bury Cavani’s cross.

With their tails up in the final stages, a determined United equalised with 15 to go, as Fernandes and Cavani linked up again.

The Portuguese international’s cross caused panic inside the Saints box and Cavani stayed alive to poke past McCarthy.

However, the veteran striker was in no mood to settle for a point on the south coast and he nodded home Rashford’s cross to seal a dramatic three points in added time.

Full Time at the St. Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton 2 Manchester United 3

Premier League: Southampton vs Manchester United

Saints are unbeaten in their last six, winning four of those games, and are fifth in the table going into the weekend, as whispers of a finish in the European places begin to grow on the South coast.

Ralph Hassenhuttl will be hoping his side can continue to manage without top scorer Danny Ings, with Theo Walcott netting his first goal for Southampton in almost 15 years against Wolves last week in his absence.

Walcott is set to continue his partnership with Che Adams when United come to town, as Southampton have no new injury worries from that game at Molineux.

Will Smallbone may come back into contention after missing the draw with a hamstring problem, but Nathan Redmond won’t make it due to a hamstring injury. Defender Mohamed Salisu is back training with the team but not expected to be part of the squad.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be without Paul Pogba, who is struggling with a swollen ankle. The injury kept him out of the win over Istanbul Basaksehir in the week and he is rated at 50/50 for the visit to St Mary’s. Donny Van De Beek should continue in midfield alongside Bruno Fernandes.

Jesse Lingard continues to self-isolate after coming into contact with a COVID positive person, while defensive trio Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly are both longer-term absentees.

Solskjaer is hoping Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka shake off back and ankle injuries in time for selection, after both were withdrawn early the Champions League win on Tuesday night.

A fourth straight win would further ease the pressure on the Norwegian manager, after rumours of his sacking intensified earlier this month, and move his side closer to the pack chasing Liverpool and Tottenham at the top of the league.

Southampton could leapfrog Chelsea with a win ahead of their game with Spurs later on Sunday afternoon, and continue their dream start into the congested Christmas period.

Southampton take on Manchester United on Sunday, November 29th. Kick-off is at 2pm.

Wolves 1-1 Southampton: Theo Walcott scores first Saints goal after 14-year wait

The on-loan Everton forward netted for the visitors for the first time since January 2006, only for Pedro Neto’s leveller to deny them victory.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side missed the chance to climb into the Premier League’s top four and remain fifth.

Walcott missed a fine chance to make it 2-0 but Alex McCarthy twice denied Daniel Podence after important stops from Nelson Semedo and Leander Dendoncker.

Wolves – who deserved a point – climb to ninth and games against Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Aston Villa before Christmas give them the opportunity to rubber stamp their European credentials.

Conor Coady missed his first league game for the hosts since September 2017 – a 4-0 win at Burton – as he continued to self-isolate due to coronavirus protocols.

The Saints looked to prey on Wolves’ unfamiliar back four early and made a bright start but the hosts were the first to go close when they were twice denied by McCarthy.

Joao Moutinho’s free-kick struck the wall and fell for Semedo but McCarthy parried his stinging drive before a better stop turned Dendoncker’s close-range follow up over.

But Southampton soon found their rhythm and Walcott’s angled effort was gathered by Rui Patricio.

Walcott and Che Adams buzzed around the Wolves defence and, even without the injured Danny Ings, the Saints were more incisive.

With three goals in his last four games the spotlight remained on Adams but he almost turned provider after 31 minutes, slipping in Stuart Armstrong but, under pressure from Max Kilman, the midfielder poked inches wide.

Wolves again lacked serious first-half momentum which would allow them to find a rare goal before the break but McCarthy still needed to be alert after 36 minutes.

Jannik Vestergaard was harshly penalised for a foul on Adama Traore and, when Moutinho fizzed his free-kick in, McCarthy turned Podence’s glancing header over.

He had already comfortably gathered a Traore drive and it was the 60th time in 85 top-flight games Wolves had drawn a first-half blank.

That Southampton had conceded eight of their 12 previous league goals after the break would have also given the hosts encouragement.

Yet McCarthy continued to thwart Wolves and he again denied Podence seven minutes after the restart.

It was a pivotal save as the Saints opened the scoring after 58 minutes.

Wolves were unhappy Armstrong was not pulled up for a foul on Rayan Ait-Nouri but play continued and the ball was worked to Adams.

His initial cross was blocked before he sent the ball back across the six-yard box and Semedo went to sleep to allow Walcott to tap in from close range.

It was his first goal for Saints since netting in the FA Cup against MK Dons as a 16-year-old, 5,434 days ago, and seven minutes later he missed a glorious chance for a second.

Again Adams was the provider, sending the forward clear on the right, but Walcott dragged a poor effort wide.

The miss kept Wolves in the game and they grabbed their lifeline with 15 minutes left.

Raul Jimenez had endured a frustrating game but he found enough space to hit the post from 18 yards and Neto was unmarked to fire in the rebound.

Wolves went for the win but it never came and Jimenez’s header was correctly ruled out for offside before Neto’s low shot was blocked by McCarthy.

Impressive Southampton secure 2-0 Premier League win at home to Newcastle

The Saints have been in excellent form in recent weeks, and despite the absence of star man Danny Ings, a goal in either half from Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong secured another three points.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were quick out of the blocks in this one as Adams edged them in front on seven minutes.

Miguel Almiron gave away possession on the edge of the box, and Theo Walcott’s neat cut back was fired home by Adams.

The impressive Walcott looked to be on a mission from there as Moussa Djenpo’s flick sent him through, but his effort curled just wide.

The home side continued to push and push Newcastle after the break, as Oriol Romeu’s powerful effort clipped the bar and Jan Bedranek forced a fine stop from Karl Darlow.

With the Magpies unable to muster up a response, Southampton grabbed a deserved second with nine minutes to go.

Again, Newcastle played themselves in trouble as Sean Longstaff gave away the ball in a key area and Scottish international Armstrong tiptoed past Jamal Lasacelles and tucked home.

Newcastle did almost steal a late consolation, but the redundant Alex McCarthy produced a brilliant save from Joelinton.

Full Time at the St. Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton 2 Newcastle 0