Preview - Southampton vs Huddersfield Town 12 May 19

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Match Day 38
Southampton vs. Huddersfield Town
Sunday, May 12th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St. Mary's Stadium

Last five matches form: W L D D L
Average goals per match: 1.19
Average goals against per match: 1.73
Top Scorer: James Ward-Prowse & Danny Ings (7)

Huddersfield Town:
Last five matches form: L L L L D
Average goals per match: 0.57
Average goals against per match: 2.03
Top Scorer: Karlan Ahearne-Grant (4)

Huddersfield's final stop on their Premier League journey takes them to the South coast to take on Southampton at the St. Mary's Stadium. They lasted a season longer than many expected in all honesty, but the wheels have well and truly come off this season and they will finish cut off at the bottom of the league.

Southampton themselves flirted with the drop for much of the campaign, and having initially improved markedly under Ralf Hasenhüttl, their levels do seem to have dropped a little since safety was secured.

Southampton picked up the points with a 3-1 win in the reverse of this fixture. The game here last season ended in a 1-1 draw.

Michael Obafemi and Janik Vestergaard are out for the home side. No confirmed absentees for Huddersfield at present.

The Saint's have been pretty good at home of late with their only defeat in their last five here coming against Liverpool. They have scored two or more in four of their last five here.

Huddersfield arrive on the back of one of their best results of the season having held Manchester United to a draw at the John Smith's Stadium. They have however lost eleven of their last twelve on the road, failing to score in nine of those games.

Likely another loss for the Terriers here against a Saints side who look likely to finish higher next season.

Prediction: Southampton 3 - 1 Huddersfield Town


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  10 - 10
Shots on target: 3 - 3
Corner Kicks: 4 - 3
Possession: 54% - 46%

Just the one booking at St. Mary's with referee Lee Probert taking the name of Jonathan Hogg of the away side.

A decent display from Huddersfield as they bade farewell to the Premier League. Matching the home sides on the stats, they probably did deserve a point on the day, for all that Southampton pretty much handed them their equalising goal in the end. The Terrier's managed to avoid an unwanted record too, as had they lost this one it would have equalled the Premier League record for the most number of defeats in a season.

A rather underwhelming display from the Saints overall, but they do at least survive and will be headed into next season with a largely positive mindset.

The home side were having marginally the better of it in the opening exchanges, without ever really threatening to carve Huddersfield open - with both sides largely being restricted to efforts from range.

It was in fact an effort from distance which broke the deadlock in the 41st minute. Nathan Redmond - who had looked the most dangerous player on the pitch - receiving the ball around twenty yards out to the left-hand side. The wide man then cutting inside and firing a piledriver into the top right corner from twenty yards out and slightly to the left. 1-0 at the break.

Southampton nearly started the second half with a bang when James ward-Prowse rattled the crossbar with an excellent strike from 25 yards in the 46th minute.

The equaliser arrived just nine minutes later. Calamitous goalkeeping from Angus Gunn who gave a good demonstration as to why he is not an outfield player when dithering on the ball and being robbed by Alex Pritchard who had the simple task of slotting into the empty net. 1-1 final score.

Huddersfield of course finish rock bottom on a paltry 16 points. Southampton finish up in 16th on 39 points.

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