Southampton plays host to Leeds United in round eight of the English Premier League. Both teams had a poor start to the season and just sit above the relegation zone. Leeds United will look to earn back to back victories and Southampton will be hoping to win their first game of the season.
Southampton enters this game after two consecutive defeats and is currently in 16th position with four points. The Saints have scored five goals and conceded ten goals in return. They have drawn four matches and lost three out of the seven matches played.
The Saints have more positional attacks than their weekend opponents. The team averages around 25 positional attacks per 90 minutes. These are more than the teams ranked above them in the league. They have also focused on counterattacks and created 25 attacks so far.
One of the major concerns for the Saints is scoring goals. There are only three goalscorers in the team and their highest goalscorer James Ward-Prowse has scored both of his goals from the penalty spot. Danny Ings has been a certain miss after his move to Aston Villa in the summer.
Jannik Vestergaard transfer to Leicester City meant that the Saints lost one of their strongest players in the defence. Southampton have won the least number of aerial duels in the competition. They have contested more duels than ten teams but the win % is only 36%. The defensive duels win rate is a lot higher than the aerial duels win rate.
Captain James Ward-Prowse will miss the match due to suspension after he was red-carded in the previous match against Chelsea. Che Adams will also miss the game after sustaining an injury while on international duty with Scotland.
Leeds United enter this match with more confidence than their opponents. They dominated Watford in the previous game and won the game by a margin of 1-0.
Marcelo Bielsa men have scored seven goals but their expected goal rate is far better than that. Leeds have been the best counterattacking team in the league with 43 counterattacks overall. The team is ranked fifth for the number of shots attempted towards the opposition goal. Leeds average around 13 shots per 90 and most of the shots have been attempted from outside the opposition box.
Leeds United have played a very attacking style of football since returning to the Premier League last season. This season they have shown the same form and are ranked very high when we look at the touches in the opposition box. The match tempo is 17.34 for Leeds and the passes into the final third count are also high for the team.
Leeds United have also scored fewer goals than their expected goal rate. Their aerial duels win % is also low like their opponents but the Whites have won the second-highest number of defensive duels in the league.
Raphinha is the top goalscorer with three goals but the Brazilian will return late after featuring for Brazil. His inclusion is 50-50 and the manager has not given any hint on the situation as of now. Patrick Bamford would be another miss for them. The forward has scored a goal and has two assists in five games he has played. Kalvin Phillips could feature in this match after recovering from a calf strain.
The match could prove difficult for the Saints as they will be without their two main players for this match. Leeds United on the other hand will look to find loopholes in Southampton defence and try to score goals. Raphinha inclusion could be a decisive action in the match for both teams.