Opposition Focus: Southampton
By Adam Rowe
Find out more about our hosts ahead of this Saturday’s game at St Mary's Stadium (November 10, 3pm KO).
Nickname: The Saints
Manager: Mark Hughes
Stadium: St Mary’s - Capacity 32,505
Trivia: Southampton were originally formed as a church team named St Mary’s Young Men’s Association F.C and this is where their nickname comes from.
FA Cup (1975-76)
Football League Trophy (2009/10)
Football League Division Three (1959-60)
The Saints endured a nervy campaign last season as they only had their Premier League status confirmed on the final day of the season. The Saints hired Mark Hughes with eight league games remaining, after parting company with Mauricio Pellegrino. Hughes guided his new side to survival and also took the Saints to an FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley where they lost out to Chelsea. A big win followed at Swansea in a game that ultimately was the difference in their hunt for survival.
Last Time Out At St Mary's
Last time The Hornets made the trip to the South Coast to take on Southampton it was a great afternoon as they left 2-0 winners. Two fantastic strikes in either half from Abdoulaye Doucouré and Daryl Janmaat gave the Golden Boys a deserved three points. There were two goal of the season contenders for Watford that afternoon and it meant that the team returned to Hertfordshire unbeaten after the opening four games.
The Boss - Mark Hughes
The Welshman joined The Saints in March of this year tasked with keeping the club in the Premier League. His side did just enough to remain in the top flight and Hughes will look back to vital wins against Bournemouth and relegation rivals Swansea City as the key to his sides survival. The former Stoke City boss will be hoping to use all his experience in the game to make sure The Saints have a more comfortable season this time around.
One To Watch - Danny Ings
TThe English striker will be hoping to have an injury free season and get back to doing what he does best, scoring goals. The Saints marksman has made a good start to the season and The Hornets will be hoping to keep him quiet as the striker needs no invitation to find the back of the net. The on-loan Liverpool man has been plagued with injuries in the last few seasons and will be hoping to keep up his good start to the season when The Hornets visit St Mary’s on Saturday (November 10).
Played For Both - Jack Cork
The English midfielder played for The Hornets in the second half of the 2008-2009 season after joining Watford on loan from Chelsea. Cork made 21 appearances for the Golden Boys, scoring just the once in a 4-3 FA Cup victory against Crystal Palace. After an initial loan in the same season as his stint with the Hornets, Cork returned to Southampton on a permanent deal in 2011. The midfielder played every game in The Saints’ promotion from The Championship in 2011-12, he then remained at the club until 2015 before moving onto Swansea City. He made 152 appearances and scored three goals in his time at St Mary’s.
A Game To Remember - Southampton 0-3 Watford
On New Year’s Day in 2008 The Hornets made the trip to the South Coast and came back victorious as they comprehensively beat The Saints. Goals from Damien Francis, Marlon King and Darius Henderson meant the Hornets stayed right amongst the promotion-chasing pack.