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Preview: Sunderland vs Southampton

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Sunderland host Southampton at The Stadium of Light in Saturday's lunchtime kick off.

Southampton have had a roller coaster of a week with chairman Nicola Cortese resigning and owner Katharina Liebherr taking over the position temporarily, then there was the question of Mauricio Pochettino's future after he had stated he would leave if the chairman did.

It was confirmed this week though that Pochettino will stay on until the end of the season. but Saints go into tomorrows game fresh of their second clean sheet of the season away to West   Brom.

Sunderland on the other hand gained a confidence boosting 4-0 win over Fulham last weekend. The League Cup semi-finalists will now be feeling confident heading to their next two home games against Southampton and Stoke.

Team News

Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood is the only new injury concern for Gus Poyet's side after he underwent shoulder surgery.

Pochettino's side will still be without Pablo Osvaldo  as he completes a three-match ban. Calum Chambers could play if he recovers from illness, but Victor Wanyama is still unavailable as he recovers from injury.

Stats

The Wearsiders have won their last three matches, all in competitions.

Both of Southampton's league and cup goals against Sunderland this season were scored in the 88th minute.

Phil Bardsley has scored in his last two home appearances against Southampton.

Saints won for only the second time in 10 Premier League matches at home to West Brom last weekend.

Prediction

Sunderland come into the game full of confidence hoping to end their bad run of form at home whilst The Saints have won just one of their past six games on the road. Adam Johnson was in good form last weekend and if he plays as well tomorrow it will be hard to see plast a home win. I predict a 1-0 win for Sunderland.

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