Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(45) 36 Goals 23 (41)
(24) 16 Assists 15 (28)
(6.6) 6.9 Average Ratings 6.7 (6.6)
25.4 Average Age 29.2
183 Average Height (cm) 181.1
(1) 1.1 Shots pg 0.9 (0.8)
(50%) 50% Aerial Duel Success 46% (42%)
(0.6) 0.5 Dribbles pg 0.3 (0.4)
(1.8) 1.4 Tackles pg 1.2 (1.4)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Richard Chaplow Out 6.02
Frazer Richardson Out 6.45
Daniel Fox Doubtful 6.45
Player Reason Status Rating
Jem Karacan Out 6.62
Alex McCarthy Out 7.16
Chris Gunter Out 6.48
Jimmy Kébé Doubtful 6.92
Danny Guthrie Doubtful 6.71
Pavel Pogrebnyak Doubtful 6.42

Team News

  • Gaston Ramirez is expected to be back in time to play, but could miss out after being granted leave by the club to return to Uruguay for family reasons.
  • If he is not back then Jay Rodriguez could start behind Rickie Lambert.
  • Daniel Fox is still recovering from a knee injury but could be in contention for Luke Shaw's left-back spot.
  • Danny Guthrie is nearing a return to action after a thigh injury, but his apparent falling out with Brian McDermott may delay any comeback.
  • Chris Gunter has joined the Reading injury list, missing the loss to Manchester United last week, so Shaun Cummings will continue at right back.
  • Jimmy Kebe stands an outside chance of recovering in time to play, but Robson-Kanu will most likely start.
  • Pogrebnyak is a doubt after picking up a knock for the reserves.

Prediction

  • 18th hosts 19th in the Premier League at St. Mary's, in an early season '6 pointer' in the battle against relegation. A win for the home team would see them build up a 6 point lead over their opponents, and could see them jump to as high as 15th place in the table.
  • A Reading victory, though, would put them level on points with Southampton and potentially within touching distance of the teams just above them. Although they lost to United last week, there are positives to take from the fact that they put 3 past the top team in the league and twice led the game.
  • Southampton, though, have lost only one of their last 5 Premier League games - a narrow loss at Anfield last week - and have improved massively in recent weeks. At home, where individual errors have cost them victories in their last games, they should do their utmost to avoid making more mistakes, and should take all three points.
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