Our match prediction:
Southampton have yet to record a win in the new Premier League campaign, but they were on the verge of sharing the spoils with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium at the weekend. However, Santi Cazorla scored a late winner for the Gunners from the penalty spot and, no doubt, the Saint are low on confidence ahead of their Europa League opener against Sparta Prague. Southampton chiefs sold several important players in the summer transfer window, but the likes of Shane Long and Dusan Tadic are certainly capable of making life difficult for the Czechs. Southampton are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that coach Claude Puel is under big pressure ahead of the visit of Sparta, we predict that the French tactician is going to field the best possible side in Thursday’s football match. Anyhow, home win appears on the horizon in this one.
Highligted Player (Davis):
Born in Ballymena on 1 January 1985, Steven Davis is probably the most famous Northern Irish footballer of the 21st century, and he was one of team’s youngest ever captains, having been awarded the armband just over a year after making his debut for the national team. The combative midfielder has spent his entire career up to date in the UK, enjoying successful spells with Aston Villa, Fulham, Rangers and Southampton, while representing the country of his birth at various youth levels before getting a chance to shine at the biggest stage. Davis soon established himself as a leader of the Northern Ireland football team, missing just a handful of competitive fixtures since making his debut in 2005. The central midfielder scored 2 goals to help the national team finally secure their place at a major tournament, with an impressive Euro 2016 qualifying campaign likely to remain fresh in the minds of both the players and fans alike in years to come.
Highlighted Team (Southampton):
Southampton are an English football club that have been playing their home games at St. Mary’s Stadium since 2001. The Saints were based at The Dell in the past and the capacity of Southampton’s new stadium is 32,505. Southampton wear red and white striped shirts and the colour of the team’s away kit is navy and green. The Saints have yet to win the Premier League trophy, but they did well to clinch the FA Cup title back in 1976, while participating in the final of the prestigious competition in 1900, 1902 and 2003. Southampton outplayed Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup final and that is probably the club’s greatest victory ever. The club are well known for their football academy and Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is one of the players who began their football carrier at the St. Mary’s Stadium outfit. Southampton’s fiercest rivals are Portsmouth and the two teams square off against each other in the South Coast Derby.