Liverpool FC Starting XI Prediction at Southampton FC

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Last time out, it looked like fate is tipping its hand towards Liverpool FC finally ending their long league title drought. The way they beat Tottenham Hotspur at home, and the manner in which they did, really makes it seem like the long-awaited silverware is in their destiny.

Even manager Jurgen Klopp himself described the win as “ugly.” Up next is a trip to the south coast, where several Reds will get the chance to face their former club- Southampton FC. Let’s take a look at who Klopp may select in his first team on the pitch in this one.

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction at Southampton FC

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino will begin serving his two match ban on Saturday when his club visits his old stomping grounds the St. Mary’s to take on Southampton FC. Pochettino admits he was in the wrong when he lashed out at referee Mike Dean at Burnley, but he still thinks the punishment didn’t really fit the crime.

“This is my first time that maybe I wasn’t completely right in behavior, but I think it is too much,” he said. “I feel a little bit sad and disappointed with the punishment. It’s unbelievable.”

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Tottenham Hotspur at Southampton FC Injury Report: Alli, Ings, Lemina, Obafemi

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Tottenham Hotspur’s injury crisis is pretty much over now that Dele Alli has returned to training. You might even see the English midfielder make an appearance off the bench this weekend, meaning Mauricio Pochettino now has a fully fit squad to select from at Southampton FC…only Pochettino won’t be there on the touchline looking out against his former club.

Poch will serve the first of his two match ban in this one, as that was the punishment handed down on him for the heated exchange with referee Mike Dean at Burnley. Pochettino maintains that he “still loves” the south coast club he left for a bigger job in 2014.

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Manchester United Starting XI Prediction vs Southampton FC

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At first glance, Manchester United’s welcoming Southampton in on Saturday looks like a very one-sided match in favor of the hosts; at least on paper. However, looking at the recent series tells a very different story. United have won only one of their five Premier League home games against Southampton since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, and the reverse fixture was a very ugly 2-2 draw on the first Saturday of this past December.

Of course, things have changed a lot since that first meeting between these two sides this season. Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United have yet to lose in any of their dozen Premier League contests.

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Man United vs Southampton Injury Report: Martial, Matic, Lingard, Herrera, Ings

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Despite their very illustrious club history, Manchester United had never won eight in a row on the road across all competitions until last night. Credit interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he’s making history with United right now. He’s also undefeated in Premier League competition (11 wins, 1 draw) thus far.

If he is to suffer his first defeat in league play on Saturday, then it would be nothing short of a massive upset. United will welcome in Southampton FC, a side that had been sitting in the drop zone until midweek.

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Arsenal FC vs Southampton FC Starting XI Predictions for Both Teams

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Southampton FC will try to end their historic run of futility at Arsenal FC on Sunday when the Gunners host the Saints in a Premier League fixture. The south coast club has a streak of 19 straight Premier League fixtures at Arsenal without a win and their odds for this weekend are far from favorable. 

However, they did win this reverse fixture 3-2 a couple months ago, and crazy stuff happens in the football, so this is far from a foregone conclusion. Let’s take a look at who could be in the Saints and Gunners first teams for this one.

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Arsenal vs Southampton Injury Report: Koscielny, Holding, Armstrong, Ings, Lemina

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Southampton travels to Arsenal for a match-up of two sides both on the outside looking in at their respective goals. For the visitors, they currently reside in the drop zone, and need to make up at least a point on the 16th place side in order to ensure safety. For the second season in a row, Saints are fighting a battle against the very real threat of potential relegation.

For the hosts, they sit one point behind Manchester United for the fourth and final UEFA Champions League position. As if they won’t be fired up enough already, the Gunners will also be looking to avenge a shocking and embarrassing loss at the south coast club in the first half of the season.

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Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction vs Southampton FC

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Chelsea FC currently sit fourth in the Premier League table, sandwiched between two fellow London clubs. The Blues are two points behind second place Tottenham Hotspur, and five ahead of fifth place Arsenal.

Right now, the west London side is dealing with an accumulating injury problem that is on the verge of potentially becoming a full blown crisis. And it’s happening at the worst possible time with the games coming fast and furious. As depth decreases, the chances for squad rotation will be smaller as fixture congestion ramps up.

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Chelsea vs Southampton Injury Report: Giroud, Fabregas, Pedro, Bertrand, Soares

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Chelsea host Southampton FC tomorrow afternoon winners of their past two Premier League games, but also feeling the pressure of a mounting injury problem. The win at Crystal Palace came with a price as striker Olivier Giroud was the latest player added to the unavailable for selection list after he left the pitch at Selhurst Park on crutches.

That list also includes Pedro (hamstring injury), Cesc Fabregas (neck injury), Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Drinkwater and Callum Hudson-Odoi. The full extent of Giroud’s ankle injury is not known at this time.

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Arsenal FC Starting XI Prediction, Injury Report vs Southampton FC

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Arsenal FC head to Southampton on Sunday for what will be the first Saints home match with new manager Ralph Hasenhüttl in charge. The honeymoon period, if there even was one, is already over for the new boss at the south coast club, as they need points and they need them rapidly.

They can’t mess around if they are to ward off relegation. For Arsenal, they need every point they can get in order to finish in the top four, a competition that’s as fierce as ever this season. Perhaps this will be the first match that sees Arsenal with a half-time lead this season. Let’s take a look at the fitness situation for both sides.

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Southampton FC Officially Appoint Ralph Hasenhüttl New Manager

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When Southampton FC announced the sacking of manager Mark Hughes on Monday they said their search for his replacement was already underway. On Wednesday, the St. Mary’s announced their new manager, Ralph Hasenhüttl, which shows you that indeed the wheels were very much in motion two days ago.

The south coast club moved very quickly to find their Hughes replacement, signing the man known as “the Alpine Klopp” to a two-and-a-half year deal. Hasenhüttl will take over on Thursday.

Tonight, in the match at Tottenham Hotspur, Assistant Kelvin Davis will serve as the interim manager.

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Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction vs Southampton FC

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Southampton FC caretaker manager Kelvin Davis has a very tough assignment for his first game in charge. He’ll face a fifth place Tottenham Hotspur side that is about as fit as they have been all season. And when the Saints go in to Tottenham lately, it has not gone well for them.

Spurs have claimed victories in eight of the last 10 home matches against the south coast club, with the only losses coming in September of 2003 and May of 2016. In looking at the first team that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino could select for this match, it’s somewhat straight-forward with few changes expected.

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