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Match Preview: Southampton vs Brentford

All the info ahead of tonight's trip to St Mary's

11 January 2022

THE OPPOSITION

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It's take two for our trip to St Mary's, the pre-Christmas attempt to play this game failing due to a Covid-19 outbreak within our squad. And it would be fair to say that tonight's hosts are in better shape now than they were when the original game was scheduled. 

In mid-December, Saints had gone six league games without a win and were 15th, six points above the drop zone. Fast-forward four weeks and Southampton are now unbeaten in four and have opened up a ten point gap to the bottom three. 

On Boxing Day they registered a 3-2 win away at West Ham United and followed that up with a point at home to Tottenham Hotspur, despite playing 50 minutes with ten men. They did have a much tougher job of things on Saturday in the Emirates FA Cup, playing 61 minutes, plus extra-time, with ten men as they eventually saw off Swansea City 3-2. 

James Ward-Prowse (above), who Thomas Frank described as the best free-kick taker in the Premier League earlier this week, has scored in each of Southamton's last three Premier League matches, taking his season tally to five while Chelsea loanee Armando Broja (below) has four goals in seven starts.

Goals have been in short supply at St Mary's this season. The Saints faithful have only seen their side score nine times, the fifth-fewest in the league, but Southampton's eight conceded on home soil is bettered only by Manchester City, Liverpool, and Wolverhampton Wanderers.  

THE GAMEPLAN

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Writing for Hot Off The Press, The Athletic's Dan Sheldon advises: "[Ralph Hasenhüttl] always sets up the same way, really, with a 4-2-2-2 system. It has two central midfielders, two what he calls No 10s and we would probably call wingers, and two strikers. He has played five at the back at times this season as he has the central defenders to do that, but whether he would set up that way for a home match, I’m not so sure."

TEAM NEWS

Thomas Frank says he has a decision to make at centre-back with Kristoffer Ajer now back in contention following his hamstring injury. Sergi Canos and Mathias Jensen both missed Saturday's Emirates FA Cup victory over Port Vale but are set for a return tonight. David Raya, Julian Jeanvier (both knee), Tariqe Fosu, Zanka, Charlie Goode, Rico Henry (all hamstring), Frank Onyeka (international duty), and Josh Dasilva (hip) are tonight's absentees. 

All three of Southampton's regular right-backs, Tino Livramento (injury), Kyle Walker-Peters (suspension) and Yan Valery (suspension), are out, as are Will Smallbone (calf), Thierry Small (Covid) and Moussa Djenepo (international duty). Che Adams (Covid) and Mohammed Salisu (suspension) do return to bolster The Saints ranks.  

MATCH FACTS

  • James Ward-Prowse is looking to score in four consecutive Premier League matches for the first time in his career. His opener for Southampton against Spurs last time out ended a run of 11 consecutive goals in the competition from either a penalty or direct free-kick situation.
  • While this is the first ever top-flight meeting between these clubs, Brentford have won their last two trips to Southampton in all competitions. Both victories have been by a 2-0 scoreline, in December 2010 (League One) and September 2020 (League Cup).
  • Southampton have lost just once at home in the Premier League this season (1-0 v Wolves) but have had more home draws than any other side in the competition, with six. Their last three home matches have finished level.
  • No team have scored more winning goals in the final 10 minutes of Premier League matches this season than Brentford, with three of the Bees’ six wins coming thanks to such goals.

THE MANAGER

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Ralph Hasenhüttl took the top job at St Mary's in December 2018 after two successful years with Red Bull Leipzig. Prior to his spell with RB, which included a second-place Bundesliga finish during their first campaign back in the top flight, he earned promotions from the German third tier with VfR Aalen and second tier with FC Ingolstadt 04. He led The Saints away from the drop zone during his first months in charge, finishing 16th. His first full season saw The Saints achieve their best points total in four years, Hasenhüttl winning the Premier League Manager of the Month award for July, while last year Southampton ended the campaign in 15th.

Hasenhüttl's playing career took him from his native Austria to Germany, via Belgium. He won three consecutive Austrian Bundesliga titles, and two Austrian Cups, in the early 1990s with Austria Wien. The striker moved to Austria Salzburg in 1994, where he won another Bundesliga title as well as an Austrian Super Cup. In 1996, Hasenhüttl moved abroad, with spells at Mechelen and Lierse in Belgium before signing for 1. FC Köln in 1998. His two years at Köln brought just three goals as he finished his career with SpVgg Greuther Fürth and Bayern Munich II. Hasenhüttl played eight times for the Austria national team, scoring three goals.

THE OPPOSITION VIEW

Ralph Hasenhüttl told the press this week: "You can see in the past years that there's always one promoted team that does very well, Leeds, Sheffield United, and this season Brentford is by far the best promoted team.

"They took the emotional situation perfectly and performed on a very high level. It's down to a very good work that was based in the years before and I don't think it's a coincidence."

THOMAS' THOUGHTS

LAST TIME OUT

THE OFFICIALS

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Referee: Stuart Attwell

Assistant Referees: Adam Nunn and Peter Kirkup

Fourth Official: David Coote

VAR: Peter Bankes 

Assistant VAR: Lee Betts

Southampton 21/22

229 fouls - Second-most in Premier League

37 yellow cards - 6th in Premier League

2 red cards - Joint-most in Premier League

MATCHDAY INFO

All adult supporters must fill in a Covid-19 Self Declaration form before coming tonight and be able to show proof of an NHS COVID Pass or negative test result within the last 48 hours

Get yourself match ready here

The away turnstiles are located on the north side of the stadium. Visiting supporters can use K, L or M to access the away stand. The turnstiles will be opened 90 minutes prior to kick-off.

St. Mary’s Stadium is now completely cashless; Southampton accept all major debit and credit cards and mobile payments, such as Apple Pay and Google Pay.

Southampton Away Day Guide

MATCH COVERAGE

Tonight's game is not live in the UK but will be shown around the world through the Premier League's broadcast partners. Click here to see if the game is on where you are. 

Mark Burridge will be bringing live Bees Player commentary from the South Coast. Joining Mark is Mick Cabble.  

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Match Reports

Southampton 4 Brentford 1

Bees beaten away from home

11 January 2022

Brentford endured an evening to forget on the South Coast as they were beaten by Southampton. The Bees fell behind early on and although Vitaly Janelt levelled the match in the first half, the home side were well worth their win. They restored their lead before half time and added two more after the interval to hand Brentford a 4-1 loss, their heaviest of the season.

The hosts were the better side on the night. Their second goal had an element of fortune to it, bouncing in off Álvaro Fernández, but Brentford can have few complaints that they ended up with nothing to show for their efforts. Southampton’s third goal at the start of the second half prevented Brentford building a way back in to the game and the hosts saw the match out.

Southampton started the game strongly and dominated the opening exchanges. They scored early on and had control of most of the first part of the game. The hosts matched up three-on-three in the centre of midfield and won the early battle in that area. Brentford were unable to put together spells of possession in the early stages and were battling to stay in the game.

The first Southampton goal came from their first corner of the evening. James Ward-Prowse delivered it from the left and Jan Bednarek found enough space at the near post to flick a header in. Bednarek put his arms across Ivan Toney to create the room, but the officials decided it was not enough to warrant disallowing the goal and the hosts had the lead.

The home side had shown their early threat when Kristoffer Ajer had to make a tackle to prevent Nathan Redmond going through on goal. Nathan Tella got on to the loose ball and smashed it wildly off target. After the goal Armando Broja got away from Pontus Jansson on the right and rolled the ball across the six-yard box, but no-one was waiting to tap it in. Ward-Prowse also saw a shot deflected wide as Southampton pressed.

But Brentford weathered the storm and managed to get a foothold in the game. Southampton were unable to keep up their intense pressure off the ball and there was room for The Bees to play. The threat from The Bees was growing and they were putting together attacking moves. Toney had a header from a Mads Roerslev cross blocked. Christian Nørgaard played it back in to the area but Toney missed his kick.

From their next attack, Brentford levelled. Shandon Baptiste wriggled free on the left and spread the play. Ajer and Roerslev linked on the right and Bryan Mbeumo was able to step away from Mohammed Salisu and crossed for the arriving Janelt, who shifted his weight and volleyed left footed in to the corner. Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster could only watch the ball fly past him as Janelt’s inch-perfect finish, expertly executed, made it 1-1.

It could have got even better for The Bees soon after when Baptiste won possession in Southampton territory. Janelt had space to shoot, and it dipped awkwardly in front of Foster, but this time the Southampton goalkeeper kept it out. Brentford appeared to have the upper hand at that point, but the hosts came back strongly and regained the initiative.

They should have scored when Brentford failed to deal with a cross from the left, but Oriol Romeu steered a shot over from 12 yards. Jansson blocked another fierce shot from Romeu soon after as Southampton started to press forward, and they scored moments later. The goal was a fortunate one, which will officially be credited as an own goal for Fernández. A corner flew across the penalty area and Ibrahima Diallo let fly with a shot from 20 yards. The ball smashed the post, hit the back of Fernández’s hand, diving across, and bounced over the line. Diallo tried to claim it, but the goal will be given to Fernández.

The Brentford goalkeeper had to make a fine save moments later, pushing out a Romain Perraud header, as Southampton looked to press home their advantage. But Brentford could have grabbed a second equaliser before half time. Toney released Roerslev on the right and his cross was just too high for Mbeumo. Sergi Canós retrieved it at the far post, but his lofted cross-cum-shot arced over the crossbar.

Brentford started the second half on the front foot but were hit on the counter-attack. Southampton won the ball from a Brentford throw and played out of their own half. A Romeu pass put Broja away, running from inside his own half. His pace took him clear and left him with only Fernández to beat. Broja placed a shot to the left of Fernández and the touch of the Brentford goalkeeper only diverted it against the far post and in to the net. Fernández spread himself as wide as he could but was unable to get enough on the ball to keep it out.

That stopped any momentum Brentford were looking to build at the start of the second period. Fernández saved a Diallo shot and Lyanco turned an Ajer cross past his own post at the other end, but there was little attacking play from either side. Brentford tried to build through midfield while Southampton were happy to sit in, allow The Bees to play and try to counter-attack.

Brentford tried to change the shape of the game, introducing first Yoane Wissa and then Mathias Jensen. They played with three up front and pushed Janelt in to a back three to try and alter the flow of the contest, but it was Southampton who got the next goal. Brentford tried to break free but lost the ball and it was hit long, Ché Adams controlled it and lofted it over Fernández as he rushed out. Adams was a fraction onside, and once he brought the ball out of the sky, he was able to lift it past Fernández and in to the net.

Fernández saved a low shot from Adam Armstrong, but Brentford ended strongly as Southampton sat off, probably aware the job was done. The Bees should have pulled one back when Toney released Mbeumo in behind on the right. He raced away and chose to try and find Wissa to his left. Wissa was there to tap in, but Ward-Prowse got across to make a remarkable recovery tackle.

The resulting corner from Jensen may have been going straight in as Forster missed it, but it cannoned off Jansson. The ball looped up and was won by Fin Stevens – making a Premier League debut at just 18. Toney got a shot away, but Forster made the block. There was time for Forster to make another fine block as Mbeumo met a Jensen cross on the volley as Brentford battled to try and reduce the arrears. They were unable to do so, and Southampton saw out the game.

Southampton: Forster; Bednarek, Lyanco, Salisu; Tella (sub S. Armstrong 69 mins), Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Diallo, Perraud; Redmond (sub Adams 64 mins), Broja (sub A. Armstrong 78 mins)

Subs (not used): Caballero, Stephens, Long, Small, Simeu, Chauke

Brentford: Fernández; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock (sub Jensen 68 mins); Roerslev, Baptiste (sub Wissa 56 mins), Nørgaard, Janelt, Canós (sub Stevens 76 mins); Toney, Mbeumo

Subs (not used): Lössl, Bech, Thompson, Ghoddos, Bidstrup, Forss

Bookings: Toney (45 mins)

Attendance: 27,383

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Ticket News

Follow The Bees to St Mary’s Stadium

It’s not too late to book your tickets for our next Premier League game

7 January 2022

Due to a COVID-19 outbreak, our Premier League away fixture to Southampton, initially scheduled for 18 December was postponed. It will now be played on Tuesday, 11 January 2022, kick-off 7.45pm.  

In case you missed it, tickets bought for the original fixture will be valid for the rearranged date. You do not need to contact us if you would like to use your original ticket for this fixture. 

Fans who can no longer attend the match had until Wednesday 5 January to return their tickets, so we now have a limited number of tickets available to Season Ticket Holders and My Bees Members yet to buy theirs (one per person, up to six tickets per transaction and subject to availability). 

Please note, it’s also not too late to book your coach tickets – they are available for £25 Adults and £15 Juniors and Seniors. Coaches will depart at 4.15pm from Ealing Road, Brentford TW8 0LN (near the Novotel Brentford). 

Both match and coach tickets are available to purchase at the Box Office (not online). Please note the Box Office will be open from 10am to 7pm today, Friday, and Monday and 10am to 1pm tomorrow (Saturday) to assist with ticket purchases.

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