​The bottom two in the Premier League meet at St. Mary's on Saturday, as Southampton host Watford. 


Southampton have been hugely disappointing this season, registering just two Premier League wins so far as the Ralph Hasenhüttl revolution has stalled somewhat. 


However, there were signs of a corner being turned during their last outing at Arsenal, where they outplayed the Gunners and were hugely unfortunate to not leave the Emirates with all three points. 

​Southampton face the only side in the league with fewer points and wins than themselves in the shape of ​Watford


The Hornets' results have showed little sign of improving since Quique Sanchez Flores replaced Javi Garcia in September, however their defence has tightened up 


Watford finally mustered their first win of the season when they beat fellow strugglers Norwich at the start of November. However, their defensive woes returned last weekend during a 3-0 home loss to Burnley.


A frantic 90 minutes are in store as the two bottom sides go hunting for a much needed three points. 


Where to Watch

When is Kick Off?​Saturday 30 November
What Time is Kick Off?​17:30
Where Is it Played?​St Mary's
TV Channel / Live Stream​Sky Sports Premier League
Referee​Michael Oliver

Team News

Stuart Armstrong

Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong has not recovered from the hamstring injury he picked up during the latter stages of the Saints' draw with Arsenal last weekend. 


Sofiane Boufal may also miss the fixture after he stubbed his toe on his kitchen table. However, Southampton could see the return of Jannik Vestergaard, who missed the Arsenal game through illness. 


Watford meanwhile are already contending with a multitude of injury problems, with Tom Cleverly, Danny Welbeck and Sebastian Prodl all long-term absentees.

Craig Dawson,Ben Foster

They are joined in the treatment room by Craig Dawson, who suffered a head injury against Arsenal, Chris Kabasele, who has a hamstring problem, and Daryl Janmaat who is sidelined with a knee injury, leaving Watford short of defensive options.


​Troy Deeney, Robert Pereyra, Daniel Bachmann and Domingos Quina all trained this week as they make their returns from time on the sidelines, but only the latter two are likely to be involved on Saturday. 


Predicted Lineups

Southampton​McCarthy; Cedric, Bednarek, Stephens, Bertrand; Djenepo, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Redmond; Obafemi, Ings.
WatfordFoster; Kiko, Cathcart, Mariappa, Holebas; Capoue, Doucoure, Hughes; Deulofeu, Gray, Sarr​.

Head to Head

Roberto Pereyra,Nathan Redmond,Jan Bednarek

This will be the 84th meeting between Southampton and Watford. Saturday's hosts have the edge, winning 35 of the encounters, while Watford have come out on top on 26 occasions. The remaining 22 contests between the pair have ended all square. 


Both of the fixtures between the two sides last season finished 1-1, with Shane Long scoring the fastest goal in Premier League history the last time the two teams met. 


Recent Form

Danny Ings

Southampton are in a wretched run of ​form, and are without a win in the Premier League since they beat Sheffield United 1-0 on 14 September. 


Their performance against Arsenal suggested an upturn in results may be around the corner, as they ended their run of three straight Premier League defeats. 


Both sides have been on the end of humblings this season; Southampton losing 9-0 at home to Leicester, while Manchester City were responsible for the 8-0 mauling of Watford.

Watford FC v Burnley FC - Premier League

The pair have improved considerably at the back since, with Watford's 3-0 defeat at the hands of Burnley last weekend the first time the Hornets had conceded more than two goals since that fateful day at the Etihad in September.


Watford's signs of improvement paid dividends three weeks ago against Norwich, as they registered their first win of the season. However, their mounting defensive injury issues were as clear as day during the defeat to Burnley.


Here's a look at their most recent results.


SouthamptonWatford
​Arsenal 2-2 Southampton (23/11)Watford 0-3 Burnley (23/11)
Southampton 1-2 Everton​ (9/11)​Norwich 0-2 Watford (8/11)
​Manchester City 2-1 Southampton (2/11)​Watford 1-2 Chelsea (2/11)
Manchester City 3-1 Southampton (29/10)​​Everton 2-0 Watford (29/10)
​Southampton 0-9 Leicester (25/10)Watford 0-0 Bournemouth (26/10)

Prediction

FBL-ENG-PR-ARSENAL-SOUTHAMPTON

This is a must win game for both sides, and victory for one will leave the other well adrift at the bottom of the table. 


Southampton are yet to win at St. Mary's this season​, and they unlikely to be handed a better chance to rectify that than on Saturday. 


Watford have a mountain of injury problems and are particularly short in defence, as Burnley found to their delight last weekend. 


If Southampton can produce a similar performance to the one they put in at Arsenal in their last outing, they can take advantage of Watford's defensive woes and register a much needed win.


Prediction: Southampton 2-1 Watford