Southampton - Saints Ready for City Test
UK time is: 14:43:43
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Saints Ready for City Test

While some fans would have been hoping for an upset in last night`s FA Cup third-round replay at The City of Manchester Stadium, I am personally relishing the opportunity of seeing Saints pit their wits against Premiership opposition again.

While playing Sheffield Wednesday would probably give Saints a greater chance of reaching the fifth-round, a match against an established Premiership team like Manchester City will give Southampton fans a good indication of how the will cope next season if promotion is achieved.

No-one expects Saints to go on to win the FA Cup, and I feel it is therefore preferable to have a crack at a Premiership team at this early stage in the competition with nothing to lose.

Due to the underdog status of his team, Burley may also be inclined to try out some new players or tactics as Saints have been a little bit erratic of late. I for one would love to see Bartosz Bialkowski given a chance to shine; after all he did make his name against Newcastle United last year with a solid performance before badly jarring his knee which has put him out of first-team action until now.

Saints were unfortunate to be beaten by Newcastle in last season`s competition, yet with a more stable and stronger squad this time around I think an upset is not out of the question.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer:  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 17 2007

Time: 12:04PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Should be a good game and still win-able either on the day or back at SMS
Report Abuse
17/01/2007 13:20:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Southampton Articles

Tadic - We'll Learn From City Defeat (Tuesday December 1 2015)

Koeman On Manchester City Defeat (Monday November 30 2015)

Long On City & Retaining Place (Monday November 30 2015)

Match Day Officials v Liverpool (Sunday November 29 2015)

Stats: Manchester City v Southampton (Saturday November 28 2015)

Davis Wants To Close The Gap On City (Friday November 27 2015)

Koeman On Manchester City Test (Friday November 27 2015)

Archived Southampton Articles

List All Vital Saints Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
7. Crystal Palace 14 7 1 6 5 22
8. West Ham 14 6 4 4 4 22
9. Everton 14 5 6 3 8 21
10. Southampton 14 5 5 4 3 20
11. Watford 14 5 4 5 -1 19
12. Stoke 14 5 4 5 -3 19
13. WBA 14 5 3 6 -5 18

Southampton Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Is Anyone That Surprised?
» Chelsea : 01/12/2015 14:24:00
Big Sam Impressed With Stopper
» Sunderland : 01/12/2015 14:19:01
Groundhog Day
» Man Utd : 01/12/2015 14:05:00
Ayew On Confidence
» Aston Villa : 01/12/2015 13:18:01
Youth Cup v Everton Set
» Aston Villa : 01/12/2015 13:10:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Man City MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Stekelenburg 1%
Yoshida 33%
Fonte 16%
van Dijk 0%
Bertrand 0%
Wanyama 0%
Romeu 0%
Mané 50%
Ward-Prowse 0%
Davis 0%
Long 0%
Sub:-Caulker 0%
Sub:-Tadic 0%
Sub:-Juanmi 0%