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Craig Gardner is suspended for Sunderland after being sent off in the draw against Stoke on Monday. He joins midfielders Stephane Sessegnon, Lee Cattermole (knee) and strikers Steven Fletcher (ankle) and Connor Wickham (calf) on the sidelines. Danny Rose will also play his last game for the club before returning to Tottenham.

Southampton are without suspended dup Danny Fox and Gaston Ramirez but Guly do Prado, Maya Yoshida and Morgan Schneiderlin are all in contention after recovering from knocks.

Paolo Di Canio pre-game…”It is obvious that I love passion, I love the heart, but if we are going to improve it is obvious we have to handle our aggression. I hope we are not going to make other mistakes. We have to stop what we did last week and this week in terms of yellow and red cards.”

Mauricio Pochettino pre-game…“They’ve reacted well. They’re aware that they performed a lot better than in the game against West Bromwich, and we’ve trained well, prepared well for the game ahead against Sunderland, so now we’re in the right state of mind mentally to play this weekend.

Match Statistic: Southampton’s goal drought stands at 301 minutes, while Sunderland striker Danny Graham hasn’t score in 11 games since his January move to Wearside.

Prediction: Sunderland 1-0 Southampton

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