Our prediction for this match:
After failing to impress in their first warm-up game of the pre-season, Southampton will be aiming to return to winning ways when they take on Preston at Deepdale. The Saints did remarkably well to avoid relegation to the Championship in the last season finale and seeing that the likes of Sofiane Boufal, Cedric Soares, Guido Carrillo, Wesley Hoedt and Jordy Clasie return from loan spells, Southampton fans have big ambitions for the forthcoming season.
However, seeing that Preston have been impressive in pre-season to date, we are not tempted to put our money on the Premier League side. The Lilywhites have been scoring goals for fun in recent friendly matches and seeing that they outplayed Ireland Premier League side Cork City 2-0 earlier in July, we are positive that the Championship side are going to grab something from Saturday’s friendly against Southampton.
Highlighted Player (Tom Clarke):
Tom Clarke is a defender who plays for Preston North End. He used to play for Huddersfield Town, Halifax (loan), Bradford City (loan) and Leyton Orient (loan) in the past and in May, 2013 he joined the Lilywhites.
On 5 August, 2013 Clarke scored the winner for Preston against Blackpool and it has to be noted that it was his only second appearance for the club. Tom is Nathan Clarke’s brother and his main position is centre back. However, the Preston footballer is capable of playing as both left and right back as well. Tom Clarke played for England U18 and U19 teams and he scored one goal for the national team at international youth level.
Clarke won Football League One play-offs on two occasions. He did it with Huddersfield Town in 2012 and with Preston in 2015. He made 35 appearances for the Lilywhites in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign, but he failed to find the net.
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.