Match Pack: Saints vs Leeds

By SFC Media time Fri 12 Aug Saints vs Leeds

Southampton host Leeds United at St Mary’s for their first home game of the 2022/23 Premier League season. This and more in today’s Match Pack, in association with eToro …

THE MATCH

Saints vs Leeds
Premier League
St Mary’s Stadium
Saturday 13th August, 3pm BST

WHICH KIT WILL SAINTS BE WEARING?

Southampton will be wearing their home kit on their return to St Mary’s.

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Tony Harrington.
Assistants: Simon Long, Richard West.
Fourth official: Michael Salisbury.
VAR: Simon Hooper.
Assistant VAR: Dan Cook.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing start to their 2022/23 Premier League campaign.

Despite James Ward-Prowse striking Saints ahead in their opening day clash with Spurs, his side ultimately fell to a 4-1 defeat in North London.

It was a different tale for Leeds, who claimed an impressive 2-1 victory over Wolves at Elland Road.

Saints emerged victorious when Leeds last visited St Mary’s in October 2021, with Armando Broja’s goal the difference in SO14.

TEAM NEWS

Southampton will be without Lyanco on Saturday, as Ralph Hasenhüttl confirmed he missed out on training this week due to a problem with his knee.

Tino Livramento remains Saints’ only long-term absentee.

Jesse Marsch has been boosted by the return of Liam Cooper, Adam Forshaw, Daniel James and new signing Luis Sinisterra in training this week.

Luke Ayling, Junior Firpo and Stuart Dallas remain on the sidelines for Leeds.

THE MANAGERS

Ralph Hasenhüttl: 
“We need a big reaction and have to be prepared for a tough one in big temperatures in the ground."

Jesse Marsch: “It will be very hot and that will be a factor in the match and we have to manage that. And we have to know that, for us, every game in this league is a massive challenge and we have to treat it as such.”

ONES TO WATCH

James Ward-Prowse:
Having netted against Spurs in Saints’ season opener, as well as racking up 11 goals in all competitions last season, the Saints captain will be looking to lead his side to victory on Saturday.

James Ward-Prowse
Attack stats
goalGoals
11
Total shots
43
Shots on target
26
Conversion rate
25%
Mins per goal
341
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Jack Harrison: The winger created seven chances in Leeds’ 2-1 victory over Wolves in their season opener and is certain to be a threat at St Mary's. 

TOP PERFORMERS
2021/22 statistics inclusive of all competitions

Southampton:

Goals:

James Ward-Prowse 11
Armando Broja 9
Elyounoussi, Adams 8

Assists:
James Ward-Prowse 8
Nathan Redmond 6
Elyounoussi, Walker-Peters 4

Leeds:

Goals:

Raphinha 11
Jack Harrison 10
Rodrigo Soares 6

Assists:
Daniel James 4
Raphinha, Bamford 3

HEAD TO HEAD

Played: 96
Leeds: 47
Draws: 21
Saints: 28

LEEDS, ENGLAND - APRIL 02: James Ward-Prowse of Southampton celebrates after scoring from a free-kick to make it 1-1 during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Southampton at Elland Road on April 02, 2022 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
James Ward-Prowse celebrates his goal in Southampton's 1-1 draw with Leeds in April 2022 (Photo: Matt Watson)

LAST FIVE MEETINGS

April 2022: Leeds 1-1 Saints (Ward-Prowse)
October 2021: Saints 1-0 Leeds (Broja)
May 2021: Saints 0-2 Leeds
February 2021: Leeds 3-0 Saints
October 2012: Leeds 3-0 Saints

DID YOU KNOW?
- Away from home at Southampton in the Premier League, Leeds United collected 1.9 points per game at their old ground, the Dell (P9 W5 D2 L2), but are only averaging 1.2 points per game at St Mary’s (P5 W2 L3).
- Southampton have won four of their last five home league matches against Leeds (L1), with those wins coming across the Premier League, Championship and League One.

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