Oppos Viewpoint – Southampton

View from the opposition - Southampton

A bit about you

Name: Jamie Gordon

Current home town:  Leicester  

Birthplace: Southampton  

How long have you supported your team? 37 yrs  

 

Overview of your club: 

Great club which somehow keeps going when it keep selling it best players

Favourite thing about your home ground: The condition the pitch is in is always fabulous 

Favourite match played by your team & why: Beating Liverpool last season being 2 nil down and coming back was so unlike us. Great to get one over all the old players   

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Matt Le Tissier... 

 

About our forthcoming match against you: 

Needs to be a saints win  

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Forster in goal is a giant

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? Tadic for his creativity

Player in our squad you most fear and why? Vardy for his pace

Up and coming prospect in your squad? Too many to pick one!!

How do you think you'll do against us? 2-1 win for the saints

 

General Questions:

Where would you like to strengthen in the transfer window and any idea of who with? A centre forward and a centre half

Where do you think you'll finish this season? 8th

Which three teams do you think will be relegated? Hull Sunderland Middlesbrough

Who do you think will win the league? Chelsea

Any other comments? Should be a very close season at the top and the bottom

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Next Up – Southampton

Next Up – Southampton 22 Jan 2017- Midday

Manager        Claude Puel

Founded       1885             Ground         St Mary's Stadium

Address       Britannia Rd, Southampton, SO14 5FP

Capacity        32,505

Squad:

1              GK          Fraser Forsteris

2              DF           Cédric Soares

3              DF           Maya Yoshida

4              MF         Jordy Clasie

5              DF           Florin Gardoș

6              DF           José Fonte

7              FW         Shane Long

8              MF         Steven Davis

9              FW         Jay Rodriguez

10           FW         Charlie Austin

11           MF         Dušan Tadić

13           GK          Alex McCarthy

14           MF         Oriol Romeu

15           DF           Cuco Martina

16           MF         James Ward-Prowse

17           DF           Virgil van Dijk

18           MF         Harrison Reed

19           MF         Sofiane Boufal

21           DF           Ryan Bertrand

22           MF         Nathan Redmond

23           MF         Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

24           DF         Jack Stephens

26           DF          Jeremy Pied

27           MF         Lloyd Isgrove

28           GK          Stuart Taylor

33           DF           Matt Targett

38           DF           Sam McQueen

42           MF         Jake Hesketh

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site: http://www.saintsfc.co.uk

 

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Going to Southampton ?

Southampton SO14 5FP

By Car

From the M3 take the A33 into Southampton. Continue on the A33 until you reach the junction with the A3024 Northam Road and turn left onto this road towards Northam. Then turn right onto the B3038, Britannia Road for the stadium. 

Southampton Football Club advises all supporters not to travel by private car into the surrounding areas of the Stadium. Due to parking restrictions operating on a match day they recommend all supporters to use local City Council Car Parks. 

The Club recommends that you make use of the following City Council Car Parks:

1. Bedford Place Multi-storey Car Park – SO15 2QW

2. Grosvenor Square Multi-storey Car Park – SO15 2GR

3. West Park Road Multi-storey Car Park – SO15 1AP

4. Marlands Multi-storey Car Park – SO15 1BA

5. Eastgate Multi-storey Car Park – SO14 3HH

Parking is also available near the Marina or Woolston and may enable a quicker getaway after the match.

Shuttle buses

In addition to the scheduled bus services, there are shuttle bus services in operation on match days from the Central Train Station and the Town Quay Ferry Terminal. These services will commence two hours before the match kicks off and will continue to run until kick off. The service will also be in operation after the match to take passengers back to the railway station/ferry terminal. The service is not a numbered bus service and will simply say "Stadium Shuttle" on inbound journeys and "Rail/Ferry Shuttle" on outbound journeys.

Simply show your match ticket or season ticket booklet in order to use the shuttle bus service for £2- £3 per return journey.
Bluestar 18 bus goes by the stadium

By Foot

The stadium is about 20 minutes walk from the City Centre and train station and is a sign posted walk route.

By Train

Train takes approx 4-5 hours but you will not get there on Sunday morning in time for the match

Where to drink

There are not many pubs located close to the stadium, so the choice for away fans is limited. There is the Waterfront Bar in William Street, which is an area called Shamrock Quay. In the Ocean Village is "The Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis" public house. This large establishment has an an excellent choice of beers, friendly bar staff and a mix of both home and away fans'.

Most fans seem to end up in the city centre before the game, where there are plenty of pubs to choose from. Please remember though that if you do drink in the centre, that the stadium is a good twenty minute walk away. Otherwise alcohol is served within the ground.
 

Please check the cost and times of trains etc. All information is provided in good faith but the Foxes Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors. With thanks to Southampton FC and the Football Ground Guide

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A curiously subdued affair

City 0 v 3 Chelsea

Report by Stuart Dawkins

The King Power stadium was oddly subdued before, during and after this comfortable victory for the current league leaders.  The usual pre-match music and preparation had, understandably, been altered to allow for good wishes to be sent to Alan Birchenall – convalescing in hospital following his recent heart attack – and for a minute’s applause in memory of former England manager, Graham Taylor.  5.30pm kick offs, too, are not popular, and there was no real evidence of ‘fortress King Power’ in the stands or on the pitch.  Even the pre-match presentation of an award to Andy King – for 350 City appearances – did not really lift the mood.

Diego Costa’s falling out with his club meant that he had not travelled with the visitors – who lined up with no obvious centre forward.  Hazard, Willian and Pedro were each the focus of Chelsea attacks, as they played a very fluid formation throughout.

Even more surprising was City’s line-up: a back three of Morgan, Huth and Fuchs – with Chilwell and Albrighton as wing-backs.  Mendy, Ndidi (making his home debut) and Drinkwater formed the midfield, with Musa and Vardy up front.

City’s best moment of the entire match came in the first minute, when Vardy and Musa linked at speed, resulting in a shot which Courtois comfortably saved.  Five minutes later, Chelsea had taken the lead, patient passing in front of the Leicester defence resulted in a deflected shot which was not cleared and wing-back Alonso took a straightforward opportunity from 10 yards.  It all looked very easy for the team that had won 13 of its last 14 matches.

In the 10th minute, fans of both teams shone the lights on their phones in a gesture of support for The Birch – a worthy gesture for a player who had graced both clubs, and to whom we send our very best wishes for a good recovery.  The extra light also made it far easier to distinguish the two strips: in an age where all clubs have two different change strips, it made little sense that Chelsea played in an all-black kit which was not sufficiently distinct at distance from City’s all-blue on a dreary evening.

City contained Chelsea quite well for the rest of the first half, pressing with often four or five players crowding into the Chelsea half, causing the visitors to lose their passing rhythm.  Had the score-line been nil-nil, I would have expected Chelsea to be getting frustrated, but they are a well organised team and whilst the pressing meant that they did not create much, neither did Leicester.

The second half began in a similar way to the first: with Chelsea scoring early.  Fuchs commited a foul by the by-line, being booked for pulling a player back; the resulting cross was not properly cleared and Alonso scored his second from the edge of the box via a deflection that gave Schmeichel no chance.

That finished the game as a contest.  Chelsea were never going to give up a two-goal lead – and whilst Leicester’s pressing had looked capable of stopping Chelsea’s free-flowing play, it could not create any scoring opportunities for the home team. 

Perhaps in recognition of this, Ranieri made significant personnel changes, bringing on Okazaki … for Huth!  The gesturing amongst the players showed that they were unclear what formation they were supposed to be playing.  It eventually settled into a back three with Ndidi dropping back to support Morgan and Fuchs – but not before Chelsea had narrowly missed a further couple of decent chances as City looked genuinely confused by the changes. 

Eventually, the inevitable happened and Chelsea scored again: a simple pass in the space between Fuchs and Chilwell released Willian into the box, Schmeichel charged out to block and was only able to deflect the ball up into the air for Pedro to head into an empty goal.

Immediately, Musa was replaced by Gray – a change that was pending when the goal was scored – and shortly after, Simpson replaced Albrighton, with the same back-three formation remaining in place.

The final 15 minutes were comfortable for Chelsea, although Gray’s positive play lead to City looking a bit more threatening.  City’s lack of attacking threat was worrying, with Fuchs’ over-the-shoulder volley in the 87th marking only City’s second shot on target in the entire match.

Conte made changes for Chelsea – Hazard, Willian and Pedro being replaced by Fabregas, Batshuayi and Loftus-Cheek – but the league leaders were by now playing as if it was a training match, and 3-0 was a fair result.

City’s formation-changes did not work well; in particular they created almost no chances and Vardy was barely involved in the game at all.  City’s passing was often poor, notably Drinkwater who last season was so reliable at creating chances.

There were a few positives.  Ndidi looks a good player, and for Ranieri to trust him to alter his role mid-game suggests the manager rates him highly, too.  Gray looked lively and direct when he came on, and the sight of him, Chilwell and Loftus-Cheek chatting together at the full time whistle may well have been a preview of three mainstays of the England team in a few years’ time.

Chelsea are worthy league-leaders, calmly holding on to their lead and then adding to it, with their backs – and David Luiz in particular – nullifying anything City had to offer in attack. 

City could have played well and still lost to this Chelsea side; they will need to be more organised and reliable against less good teams if they are going to steer clear of a relegation battle, and to work out a way to contain teams whilst at the same time presenting some form of goal threat themselves.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Mendy, Chilwell, Vardy, Musa. Subs: King, Kapustka, Simpson, Okazaki, Zieler, Gray, Wasilewski

Chelsea : Courtois, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kanté, Matic, Alonso, Willian, Hazard, Pedro. Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Fàbregas, Zouma, Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi, Chalobah

The views expressed in this report are the opinions of the Trust member nominated to file the report only and do not represent the views of the Foxes Trust organisation

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Birch 10th Minute

On behalf of Foxes Trust Members, the Trust Board would like to wish Club Ambassador, Alan Birchenall, a speedy recovery following his cardiac arrest at the Leicester Mercury award ceremony on Thursday evening.

We are relieved that the medical staff at the Glenfield are reporting he has made a good recovery to date and wish him well with the operation that will take place during Saturday.

We would like to encourage all fans who have flash lights on their mobiles to take part in the 10th minute "Light Up" show of support campaign