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Southampton vs. Preston North End

St Mary's Stadium

21/02/2009

15:00

Southampton Vs Preston

High flying Preston are the next team to visit St Mary's stadium this Saturday.

The Lilywhites sit in fourth place thanks to the joint best home record in the league, winning twelve matches at Deepdale.

Alan Irvine's men haven't been so consistent away from home, having only won three times on the road.

The Saints on the other hand, need the three points to edge themselves out of the dreaded drop to League One. With home fans only seeing one win all season, matches at St Mary's haven't drawn the best crowds or best performances.

However, if the famous red and white strip is to avoid relegation again, then three points is a must on Saturday.

Vital Quotes: Wotte on Saints' chances

"It's a very important game," he said. "Especially after the results of Tuesday but I don't expect the other teams to lose all their matches so we have to do it all by ourselves starting tomorrow against Preston North End.

"The time has come to really get a result. We have to play good football and show a good fighting spirit to get the result at home."

Southampton Team News:

Southampton will be without midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin who sits out after picking up his fifth yellow card against Bristol City last weekend.

Young starlet Adam Lallana returns to the team, while winger Lee Holmes is still sidelined through injury.

Player to watch: Andrew Surman

The midfielder will be looking to rally his team with a commanding performance. He is always a goal threat, and the talented left sided player will be looking to get on the scoresheet tomorrow.

Preston North End Team News:

Preston will miss striker Neil Mellor after a hernia opertaion, and Callum Davidson sits out with a calf problem.

Stephen Elliott looks set to return after being out with a hamstring injury.

Player to watch: Jon Parkin

The powerful striker notched in the 1-0 victory of Norwich last weekend, and the experienced forward will be looking to do the same again for Preston.

Match Facts & Stats

The return fixture this season saw the Saints come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 thanks to a late solo goal from David McGoldrick.

Ref Watch:

Mr. Pat Miller (Befordshire)

Match Prediction:

Saints 2-1 Preston. Southampton NEED a win tomorrow and if they are to avoid the drop again, a home win is a MUST.

Next Fixtures:

28th February - Cardiff (H)
3rd March - Ipswich (A)




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The Journalist

Writer: Abe Hawken Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 20 2009

Time: 6:18PM

Your Comments

Next two games are home games... We HAVE to win them both. If we don't, I'm sorry, but I just cannot see us turning it around.
abesaint
You're deeply rooted in the drop zone at the moment and with the amount of games already passed I reluctantly can't see any way out for you boys (as much as I'd love to see Watford get relegated (again)). Expect miracles if you avoid going down.
Oh East London...
Oh East London, have we just seen the start of a miracle? Only time will tell . . .
Bailey11
 

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