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The saint will be traveling to play Plymouth as they search for their path back to the premier league right after they were relegated. The game will start at Home Park at 12.30 PM BST and will be whistled by David Webb.
Plymouth vs Southampton predicted lineups and news
Both teams are coming off draws, albeit contrasting ones as Plymouth salvaged a point after a resilient 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road while Southampton’s thrilling encounter with Norwich ended 4-4 in Saint Mary’s. Plymouth will need to dig in and defend like they did against Watford if they are to thwart the attacking firepower of Southampton. Following the departure of long serving captain James Ward-Prowse, Russel Martin’s men will be trying to enter the new era with a statement win.
Team news: Plymouth
Plymouth are without Brendan Galloway and Macaulay Gillesphey, who still haven’t fully recovered and Michael Cooper who is out till 2024. Kaine Kesler-Hayden is a doubt as well so they should go with an unchanged playing 11 against the saints.
This is the first time they are facing Southampton in a league game since 2011, showing how Southampton established themselves as a Premier League team. The back four will have to be on their toes and be well supported by the midfield three if Plymouth are to get a result.
👁️ Counting down to kick-off. Whether you are at Home Park, watching on Sky Sports or following on Argyle TV, every angle is covered.
— Plymouth Argyle FC (@Argyle) August 19, 2023
Plymouth predicted lineup (4-3-3)
Hazard; Edwards, Scarr, Gibson, Earley; Wright, Houghton, Randell; Whittaker, Hardie, Mumba
Team news: Southampton
Southampton are set to be without Will Smallbone, Juan Larios and Kamaldeen Sulemana who are all out with minor injuries. Che Adams should be included in the side depending on the transfer situation unraveling around him.
Southampton have lost the core of their squad with captain and talisman Ward-Prowse, midfield mainstay Romeo Lavia as well as defenders Mohammed Salisu and Tino Livramento all leaving. They quickly need to fire as they seek a quick route back to the premier league. They will look at their strong forward line for inspiration composed of Tella, Armstrong and Adams.
“EI EI EI O” 🎶
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— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 19, 2023
Southampton predicted lineup (4-3-3)
Bazunu; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Stephens, Manning; Alcaraz, Charles, S. Armstrong; Tella, Adams, A. Armstrong
Will Che Adams start or is his head turned by Everton offer?
Everton have made a 12 million pound offer for saints striker as they look to solve their goal-scoring woes. Southampton have already lost a lot of key players and they will look at Che Adams as a source of leadership and goals. Southampton believe Che Adams to be a professional and he will do his work diligently as long as he is a saints player. Ideally they don’t want to lose him, and as long as he is a Southampton player and he is fit, he should start.
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