Southampton v Stoke City: Match Preview

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Southampton could be without top scorer Rickie Lambert (back) and 17-year-old Luke Shaw (virus) with neither training this week. Gaston Ramirez and Danny Fox are still banned.

Charlie Adam is suspended after his red card against Tottenham last week, while Glenn Whelan is struggling to be fit. Andy Wilkinson (back) could return and Michael Owen is hoping to feature in his last game before retirement. 

Mauricio Pochettino…“My future in Southampton has to be with Nicola.  reality is we share a common passion and long-term plan for this club. It would not make much sense for me to continue at this club if he is not here. I do not understand Southampton without Nicola in the future. Nicola has created everything we see at Southampton now.”

Tony Pulis… “He (Owen) has been fantastic around the place. He has been a really, really good lad. He’s not had the playing time he’s wanted, and I know he has been disappointed with that. So there will be a send off for him at Southampton on Sunday for what has been an absolutely wonderful career. As to whether he’ll play, I’ll be telling him first before anybody else.” 

Match Statistic: Southampton have managed just one goal in the six-and-a-half hours of Premier League football.

Prediction: Southampton 2-0 Stoke City

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