Premier League: Southampton vs West Ham United

Both clubs are without a win in 3 in the league after promising starts to the league campaign.

Southampton were held to a goalless draw in their boxing day trip to Craven Cottage,

The Saints will also be hoping to end their goal drought after 268 minutes without one.

West Ham come into the fixture with only one day of rest, drawing 2-2 to Brighton only on Sunday.

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted he’s finding it hard to strike an appropriate balance between training and rest over the festive period.

Despite lack of rest, however, the Hammers will be desperate to produce an upturn in form, winning just one in their last five after a terrific start to the season.

David Moyes’ side were delivered a major boost however, as Hasenhuttl admitted Southampton could be without three key players.

Danny Ings picked up a hamstring injury in the 1-0 loss to Manchester City and is taking longer than expected to return to full fitness.

Nathan Redmond missed their game against Fulham with muscular problems and is no looking likely to miss tomorrows fixture and Jannik Vestergaard will also miss the clash.

The game takes place at 18:00 pm at St Mary’s on Tuesday 29th December

Premier League: Southampton v Manchester City

Pep Guardiola’s City side have come to be known as the great entertainers in his 4 year spell at the helm, but it’s fair to say this season that Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints have been a better side to watch in the opening 13 Premier League games.

That is reflected in the table too, with Southampton in the lofty heights of third following their 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates on Wednesday.

Manchester City could only manage a 1-1 draw themselves midweek against lowly West Brom, with Baggies boss Slaven Bilic relieved of his duties some 14 hours after the final whistle.

That draw combined with lacklustre attacking displays this campaign sees the usually formidable City down in 8th in the Premier League table and eight points off top – a gap which you’d argue Guardiola cannot allow to grow any larger if they are to contend for the title this season.

City can claw back some ground and go a point behind their opponents with a win; Southampton could do the same to league leaders Liverpool if they get the victory and Crystal Palace beat Jurgen Klopp’s side in the lunchtime kick off.

If things weren’t going swimmingly enough for Ralph Hasenhuttl, he has a clean bill of health too, with every member of his Southampton squad fit and available for selection against Manchester City.

The same fortunes can’t be said of Pep Guardiola though, who is missing defender Eric Garcia until the new year.

Oleksandar Zinchenko is also out for the long term, with no timeframe revealed on a return for the Ukrainian.

Sergio Aguero was involved against West Brom on Tuesday after recovering from a short bout of illness, but he is still getting flare ups of a knee injury which required surgery in the summer.

He is expected to be in the squad against Southampton, but may not start.

Southampton v Manchester City is a 3pm kick off on Saturday 19th December.

Premier League: Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur

Both sides didn’t get off to the desired start in their opening fixtures last weekend and will be hoping to get their first Premier League points on the board.

Southampton were undone by Crystal Palace, leading manager Ralph Hasenhuttl to lament the fitness of his players, placing the blame on a truncated pre-season period.

For Spurs it was a similar story, with boss Jose Mourinho even going as far as to brand his players as lazy after their opening day defeat at home to Everton.

Saints fans may be slightly concerned at the club’s lack of transfer activity, with just Real Valladolid’s Mohammed Salisu pitching up at St Mary’s, although he will be subjected to a late fitness test ahead of the game.

Spurs supporters will no doubt be more buoyant with their business though following the capture of Real Madrid duo Sergio Reguilon and Gareth Bale.

Club legend Bale has signed on a season-long loan deal but is unlikely to be available in time to feature against another of his former employers in Southampton.

There may also be a bit of tension at board level between the two sides, with rumoured interest from Tottenham in Saints’ star man Danny Ings, who the South Coast club insist is not for sale.

Nathan Redmond and Stuart Armstrong are expected absentees for Ralph Hasenhuttl, who otherwise has a clean bill of health to choose from.

For Jose Mourinho, only Japhet Tanganga is a definite absentee, with Serge Aurier rated 50-50 to feature at St Mary’s.

Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur is a 1200 kick off on Sunday, 20th September.