Preview - Southampton vs Norwich City 05 December 19

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Match Day 15
Southampton vs. Norwich City
Thursday, December 5th 2019
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St. Mary's Stadium

Last five matches form: L L L D W
Average goals per match: 1.07
Average goals against per match: 2.29
Top Scorer: Danny Ings (7)

Norwich City:
Last five matches form: L L L W D
Average goals per match: 1.07
Average goals against per match: 2.14
Top Scorer: Teemu Pukki (7)

It's still perhaps a little early to label a match as a relegation six-pointer but ………. we have a relegation six-pointer at St. Mary's on Match Day 15 in the Premier League as third bottom Southampton welcome second bottom Norwich City to the St. Mary's Stadium. With only a single point between the sides - who lie two and three points adrift of safety respectively - there's a fair bit riding on this one - particularly with fourth bottom Everton tackling league leaders Liverpool elsewhere on this slate of fixtures.

These sides last met in the league back in the 2015/16 Premier League season. Southampton came out on top 3-0 in this game that year, with Norwich winning the reverse 1-0.

Stuart Armstrong looks like being the only absentee for the Saints. Timm Klose, Josip Drmic and Grant Hanley are all expected to miss out for Norwich.

Each of these sides has stopped the rot just a little with four points across their past two fixtures and will be looking to keep the momentum going in this one.

Southampton snapped a nine-game winless run here when beating fellow relegation candidates Watford here last time out. That was the first time they had scored more than once in eight home fixtures.

Norwich meanwhile picked up a first away win at the seventh time of asking when picking up the points at Goodison Park in their most recent away fixture. They have however failed to score in five of seven on the road.

Two sides who are picking up a bit of late, and whilst they are hardly the most trustworthy of sides, we have been marginally more impressed by Southampton and see them getting the job done in front of their own fans.

Prediction: Southampton 3 - 1 Norwich City


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots: 14 - 10
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 6 - 1
Possession: 41% - 59%

Just the one booking for each side at St. Mary's, with referee Kevin Friend taking the names of Moussa Djenepo of Southampton and Sam Byram of Norwich City.

It may be early still, but this did have the feel of a game that Southampton simply had to win in their battle against relegation - and much to the relief of the home fans, they did win it, and probably deservedly so, for all that this didn't end up being quite as comfortable as it appeared it might in the first half.

The opener arrived in the 22nd minute through a well worked set-piece routine. James Ward-Prowse lining it up around 18 yards out and close to the left touchline, before sending in a wicked in-swinger to the near post area. Danny Ings getting to it in the left corner of the six-yard box to head home.

The second then arrived two minutes before the break. Another Ward-Prowse set-piece. This time a corner kick from the right. Shane Long rising highest around six yards out to nod towards goal, and Ryan Bertrand there to turn home from only a yard or so in a central area. 2-0 at the interval.

Credit to Norwich, they at least made a fist of it in the second half, and pulled a goal back in the 65th minute. A pretty straight ball through the middle from Alexander Tettey splitting the Southampton defence to send Teemu Pukki scampering into the left of the area. The Finnish frontman lashing home into the near side from around eight yards out to the left.

Norwich had a couple of decent chances to equalise, but much to the relief of most in the stadium, they couldn't take them. 2-1 final score.

A really big three points for the Saints, which combined with Everton's hammering at Anfield now sees them move up and out of the relegation zone - now sitting in 17th spot and one point ahead of the beleaguered Toffees. Norwich remain second bottom and now four points adrift of safety.

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