Everything you need to know ahead of the clash between two teams that sit in eight and ninth place
SOUTHAMPTON host Watford this weekend in a clash between two teams that are sitting in the top-half of the Premier League table.
Both teams have drawn two out of three of their games so far this season and will both be looking to clinch points from the game.
When they met last season, they drew 1-1 in their game at the start of the season and Southampton narrowly beat Watford 4-3 when they met again in March.
When is Southampton vs Watford?
Southampton will take on Watford on Saturday September 9.
The game will kick-off at St Mary’s at 3pm.
The game between the Saints and the Hornets will be their first since the international break.
What TV channel is showing Southampton vs Watford?
The game will not be televised live, but you can keep up to speed on all the Premier League action on talkSPORT.
Our live blog will also be covering the game between Southampton and Watford.
Virgil van Dijk‘s much anticipated move to Liverpool didn’t materialise by deadline day, he has been named in Southampton’s squad for the season.
Pellegrino now has the task of settling the player back into the squad.
Southampton’s new club-record signing Mario Lemina, from Juventus, could feature as Pellegrino has revealed that the player is in a good physical state.
Watford did not include defender Craig Cathcart in their 25 man squad that they submitted to the Premier League, due to his knee injury.
He was forced to limp off in their last game against Brighton & Hove Albion- he is awaiting surgery.
Following international duty, Udinese defender Molla Wague will join the Hornets on a season-long loan.
- Southampton are unbeaten in their last five Premier League matches against Watford (W3 D2), since losing their first PL encounter, 2-3 at Vicarage Road in December 1999.
- The Hornets haven’t beaten Southampton in any of their last seven league encounters (D3 L4), since winning 3-0 at St. Mary’s in a Championship fixture in October 2008.
- Watford have used 21 different players in their opening three Premier League games of 2017-18, more than any other team in the competition.
- Southampton have failed to score in eight of their last 11 Premier League matches, including two of their three games so far in 2017-18.
- In fact, since the start of 2015-16, Southampton have recorded more nil-nil draws than any other Premier League team (12).
- The Hornets have kept a clean sheet in their last two Premier League games and have restricted their opponents to just four shots on target overall in this period – the last time they kept three clean sheets in a row in the competition was October 2016.
- This will be the fifth consecutive league meeting at St. Mary’s between these sides in which a different manager has been in each dugout – Aidy Boothroyd and Jan Poortvliet in October 2008, Sean Dyche and Nigel Adkins in October 2011, Quique Flores and Ronald Koeman in January 2016, Walter Mazzarri and Claude Puel in August 2016 and Marco Silva and Mauricio Pellegrino this season.
- Marco Silva will be looking to win back to back league away games as a manager for the first time since April 2016, whilst boss of Greek side Olympiakos.
- In their 0-0 draw with Brighton on MD3, Heurelho Gomes kept his 50th Premier League clean sheet; the first South American goalkeeper to reach this landmark.
- Nathan Redmond has had a hand in five goals in his last three Premier League games against Watford, scoring four goals and assisting one.
Watford kept themselves busy on deadline day and also secured left-back Marvin Zeegelaar and goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis on a season-long loan deal.