Our prediction for this Premier League match:
After rolling over Arsenal at the weekend, Brighton will look to give fans yet another reason to celebrate when they take on Southampton in the penultimate game of the season. The Seagulls are eager to stay in the Europa League berth and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Saints. Even though Brighton’s injury list is pretty long, boss Roberto De Zerbi can count on key players for Sunday’s clash.
Southampton, on the other hand, are having a season to forget and, as a result, they will compete in the Championship next term. Considering that the rock-bottom side are low on confidence ahead of the trip to Brighton, anything but a routine home win would be a big surprise. The likes of Larios, Livramento, Perraud, Bella-Kotchap, and Salisu should miss out with injuries for the visiting side. In the first half of the season the Seagulls defeated the Saints at St. Mary’s Stadium.
Highlighted Player (Joel Veltman):
Joel Veltman is a Dutch footballer who was born in Velsen on 15 January, 1992. Veltman started his youth career at VV Ijmuiden and in 2011 he was spotted by Ajax scouts. In the 2012/2013 Eredivisie campaign he played for the first team and he made seven league appearances for the Amsterdammers back then.
The centre back, who plays as a right back as well made six appearances for Jong Ajax as well, scoring one goal for the team in the Eerste Divisie. Veltman has 8 caps for Netherlands U20 team and he made his debut for the first team in November 2013 against Colombia. He started the match and he played 90 minutes in the goalless draw with the South American side.
Joel Veltman represented the Oranje at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. It has to be noted that the Dutch defender made 34 league appearances for Ajax in the 2015/2016 Eredivisie campaign, scoring one goal in the process. In the 2013/2014 season he won his second Eredivisie trophy with Ajax.
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.