Mike Allott has returned from his scouting trip to Barcelona with news that some lad called Messi can play a bit. More importantly, however, he outlines his predictions for Monday’s match against Brighton. But before we get into the nitty-gritty, Mike’s other (albeit less important) reason for visiting Barcelona was for his Honeymoon—big congrats to Lynn and Mike!
My honeymoon came to end on Friday and I think the same can be said for Mark Hughes as Saints manager. He’s had long enough to settle in and now must start getting the results we need to push up the table and forget all about the fear of the dreaded R word.
As we all sit waiting for Monday night football to return to St Mary’s, I’ll offer my thoughts on team Sparky will select and how the game will pan out in front of the dreaded Sky cameras.
Victory Monday, after the win at Palace, would give Saints two wins on the bounce in the Premier League for the first time in a while.
It’s always nice beating another South Coast team, bearing in mind that the side from the wrong end of the M27 won’t be playing here any time soon, so for now it’s Brighton or Bournemouth.
I don’t think the recent Carabao cup victory bears any meaning on this game, as both teams will be different. Brighton spent a fair few quid in the summer on what look like some decent foreign imports, and they still have Saints boogieman Glen Murray in the squad. He may not be in the starting 11 but surely, given his of scoring record against us, he’ll be on the bench ready to make an impact when needed—because he will be needed.
Anyway enough about our opponents let’s move on to Saints starting 11. This game might come to soon for Shane Long and Charlie Austin, who’ve both been carrying knocks, so there is an opportunity to change things around up front.
Danny Ings must start and probably will which leaves dilemma of who will play alongside him. There is a clamour for Sam Gallagher to get the nod but for me Gabbi must start with Danny.
So here goes with my prediction for the starting eleven. In goal Macca is the obviously choice, with a back four comprising of Cedric, Hoedt, Vestergaard and Bertrand.
The pairing of Lemina and PEH in central midfield was impressive at Palace so they’re both in, either side of those two I go for Redmond who’s come leaps and bounds this season (what a difference a new manager makes). The other side of him I going Elyounoussi. As I’ve said upfront it’s Gabbi and Danny Ings, playing in the unfashionable 4-4-2
I also predict a close game with Saints eventually coming out on top with a 2 1 win, to give that much needed two Premier League wins on the bounce.
Hope you all enjoy the game