Southampton were on a resurgence before the International break after bouncing back from their dismal opening three Premier League games in which they picked up just one point and then recording successive victories (in all competitions) in their last two games before the International break got under way. Can the saints kick on from where they stopped before the international break against a Brighton side who have been very poor on the road since their return to the top tier of English football?
Southampton recorded their first win of this season against Brighton in the Carabao Cup.
Both Premier League meetings between these two sides ended 1-1.
Southampton have won four and lost none of their six Premier League matches against fellow south coast opposition.
Southampton have only tasted defeat in just one of their last eight matches in all competitions against Brighton (W3 D4 L1).
Southampton have not won in their last 10 Premier League games played on a Monday night (W0 D3 L7).
Brighton have won just 11 points from a possible 63 in Premier League games away from home (W2 D5 L14)- 22 points fewer than they have racked up at home (W8 D9 L4).
Chris Hughton has only won one of his nine previous managerial contests against Southampton, drawing five and three losses.
Southampton coach, Mark Hughes is chasing his back to back Premier League wins since January 2017. The last time he achieved this feat was with Stoke City- He has managed 51 league games since then, recording 12wins but never in successive games.
Glenn Murray scored all of Brighton’s goals (2) in the Premier League games against Southampton last season.
Southampton have missed four of their last seven penalties in the Premier League last season, as many as they missed in their first 63 in this competition.
Charley Austin has scored more goals in all competitions (7) against Brighton than he has against any other side.
In his last five League starts against Southampton, Glenn Murray has scored four League goals.
HOME TEAM NEWS
Charlie Austin (hamstring), Shane Long (toe) and Ings (blister) are all expected to be fit for this after sitting out training this week, so Mark Hughes stick with the set of players who won at Selhurst Park before the international break.
AWAY TEAM NEWS
Hughton have defensive duo Bruno and Lewis Dunk available meanwhile, attacking duo, Andone (groin) and Jose Izquierdo are both available too and could be involved tonight.
Southampton were on to a flyer before the international break, defeating Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. They come into this game full of confidence and form against a Brighton side whose away performances are a sharp contrast to the confident display we see at the Amex where they are a force.
Danny Ings looks good so far and he could be the difference for this one again. Fancy him to cause the Brighton defence some problems. On the other end too, Southampton will need to be in top form defensively to keep in-form Brighton striker Glenn Murray quiet if they are to come out victorious or take anything from this game.
Brighton’s away performances are poor and coming into this game off the back of international break against a team on the up in terms of form and performance, fancy Brighton’s away misery to continue.
(BTTS; Over1.5goals OR Southampton to win 2-1)