Southampton vs Norwich preview
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Last Updated: 03/12/19 1:50pm
Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Southampton vs Norwich in the Premier League on Wednesday.
Southampton's only absentee is Stuart Armstrong, who is sidelined until later this month after suffering a hamstring injury.
Norwich's injury list is still significant, with Timm Klose, Josip Drmic and captain Grant Hanley all missing. However, they could welcome back Alexander Tettey, who missed Sunday's draw with Arsenal for personal reasons.
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- Southampton have lost just one of their last 13 home games against Norwich in all competitions (W8 D4), winning the last three in a row against them at St Mary's.
- Southampton have won just one of their last 12 home evening kick-offs (7pm or later) in the Premier League (D4 L7), beating Fulham 2-0 in February. They've lost each of their last three such games by an aggregate score of 2-15.
- Away from home, Norwich are winless in their last 14 evening Premier League matches (D5 L9) since beating local rivals Ipswich 2-1 in September 1994.
- Norwich have kept a clean sheet in two of their last three Premier League away games, as many as they had in their previous 33 on the road in the competition.
- Danny Ings has scored in his last three Premier League games for Southampton - the last player to score in four consecutive appearances for the Saints was Jay Rodriguez in March 2014.
- Southampton's last 10 Premier League goals have been scored by either Danny Ings (6) or James Ward-Prowse (4).
- 10 of Norwich's previous 14 Premier League games this season have been against teams starting the day in the bottom half - they've lost eight of those games (W2), though won most recently against Everton at Goodison Park.
I don't think Ralph Hasenhuttl is under pressure. Southampton are not in a position to get rid of him and I expect it to get better. I also don't think they have the finance to do it, but they also quite like him. His number two went and he took a hit with that, but you do need a good right-hand man and someone you trust beside you. When you get it wrong, they get it right. They keep the confidence and morale going in the dressing room when the manager is angry.
Meanwhile, Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki are great going forward for Norwich. Pukki got lucky with his goal against Arsenal, while it was another decent strike from Cantwell. The defence is still suspect though, so I think it is another night for Hasenhuttl to be looking at Danny Ings and James Ward Prowse to get them over the line.
They can lift their team-mates and lead by example, especially as though it looks they have completely got the Leicester result out of their minds. All of a sudden, things are looking good and promising again at St Mary's.
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