Southampton v Watford team news and stats

Date published: Tuesday 12th January 2016 3:53

Alessandro Diamanti: Limited opportunities at Watford

Alessandro Diamanti: Limited opportunities at Watford

Watford will hope to build on an impressive recent record at St Mary’s when they travel south to tackle Southampton on Wednesday evening.

Team news

Ronald Koeman will make a late decision on whether Maarten Stekelenburg or Fraser Forster will start in goal for the Saints.

Stekelenburg finished their FA Cup game with Crystal Palace with a tight hamstring but the Saints boss is delighted that Forster has made a full recovery from a long-term knee injury.

Graziano Pelle is also expected to return to the squad after being out at the weekend due to a knee injury but Jay Rodriguez (ankle) and Florin Gardos (knee) are unavailable.

Watford remain without Nathan Ake through suspension for the trip.

On-loan Chelsea full-back Ake completes a three-match ban following his red card against Tottenham last month.

Tommie Hoban (groin) and Joel Ekstrand (knee) are still sidelined but boss Quique Sanchez Flores has no new injury worries following the 1-0 FA Cup win over Newcastle and will recall Odion Ighalo in attack alongside skipper Troy Deeney.

Opta stats

  • Southampton are unbeaten in their last four league meetings with Watford (W2 D2).
  • Watford have failed to score in their last three league games against the Saints.
  • This includes the 0-0 draw earlier this season at Vicarage Road in the Premier League when Watford failed to register a single shot on target.
  • The Hornets have won three of their last four trips to St. Mary’s Stadium, netting exactly three goals in each of these victories.
  • Watford have only made 18 changes overall to their starting XI from game to game this season; a league-low.
  • Players from 19 different nations have made an appearance for Watford in the Premier League so far this season; a bigger spread than any other team (next most is Leicester with 16 nationalities used).
  • No player has been involved in more aerial duels in the Premier League this season than Troy Deeney (237, level with Rudy Gestede).
  • Of players to have been involved in 100+ aerial duels in the league this season, Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has the best success ratio (70%).
  • Watford have been losing at half-time in just one of their 20 Premier League games this season (W7 D12); a joint league best alongside Crystal Palace.  Southampton have lost six of their last eight Premier League games (W1 D1 L6).

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