Southampton v Leeds: match preview

Leeds are struggling to match last season’s form but a trip to winless Southampton offers a chance to regain some more of their groove

It may seem almost like heresy to doubt the powers of Marcelo Bielsa but it is impossible to deny that Leeds look a shadow of the side that lit up the Premier League last season. A scrappy 1-0 victory over Watford in their last outing did at least lift them out of the relegation zone and the visit of winless Southampton provides another opportunity to regain some swagger, especially as Ralph Hasenhüttl’s beleaguered side will be without the suspended James Ward-Prowse. A lack of goals have been Southampton’s main problem, with only Norwich having scored fewer than their paltry five. Stephen Hollis

Saturday 3pm

Venue St Mary’s Stadium

Last season Southampton 0 Leeds 2

Referee David Coote

This season G4 Y20 R1 5.25 cards/game

Odds H 7-5 A 22-19 D 27-11


Subs from Lewis, Forster, Obafemi, Simeu, Valery, McQueen, Lyanco, Long, Tella, Djenepo, Perraud, S Armstrong

Doubtful None

Injured Adams (match fitness, 23 Oct), Stephens (knee, unknown)

Suspended Ward-Prowse (first of three)

Discipline Y13 R1


Leading scorer Ward-Prowse 2


Subs from Klaesson, Struijk, Harrison, Cresswell, Forshaw, McCarron, Summerville, Geldhardt, Hjelde, Greenwood, Kenneh, McKinstry

Doubtful Phillips (Calf), Raphinha (match fitness)

Injured Ayling (knee, Dec), Koch (pelvis, unknown), Bamford (ankle, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y14 R1


Leading scorer Raphinha 3

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