The Premier League's bottom two clubs lock horns on Saturday afternoon in a crucial clash at St. Mary's Stadium.
The Saints find themselves sat 19th in the table, having picked up a measly nine points from their opening 13 fixtures, although they were unfortunate not to come away with a win against Arsenal last time out. The Hornets, meanwhile, are rock bottom and have managed just the solitary win all season, leaving them one point behind their next opponents.
Both sides will be desperate to pick up a valuable three points and although it may only be 13 matches into the 2019/20 campaign, the importance of a win for either side here can't be understated.
Thanks to Opta, here are some key facts and stats to help get you in the mood for this bottom of the table clash.
All the Wrong Records at Home
As previously mentioned, Southampton haven't exactly made a flying start to the new campaign. But, to make matters worse, j
As if that wasn't bad enough, in English top-flight history, only Blackpool in 1930/31 have conceded more goals (22) in their opening six home league games than the 21 Southampton have shipped at St. Mary’s so far this campaign. Overall, Ralph
Watford's Fighting Spirit
The last three Premier League tussles between Southampton and Watford have all finished level. But, the Hornets had to come from behind to earn a point on each occasion.
The pair played out 1-1 draws in November 2018 and April 2019, while the January 2018 fixture finished 2-2.
Hornets Firing Blanks
Let's move back to the woeful 2019/20 form though, shall we?
It gets worse, however. The Hornets have a shot conversion rate of just 4.8% in the Premier League, netting eight of their 166 attempts. This is the lowest conversion rate in a campaign since Sunderland managed a whopping 4.7% in 2002/03.
Saints Conceding Goals for Fun
There is hope for Watford fans because the Saints have hardly been resolute at the back this season.
A pattern is beginning to emerge, isn't it?
This is already the fourth meeting between the two bottom placed sides in the league this season, with the last campaign to see more such games coming in 2004/05 (5). The issues as far as Watford fans are concerned is that, well, their side will have been the bottom side in all four of these matches.
Ings the Key?
With both sides keen to snatch a win, both managers will be hoping their star players will show up. In Hasenhuttl's case, he will be looking towards Danny Ings, who has been a bright spark for the Saints this term.
The striker has scored 46% of his side's goals in the league this season (6/13), including five of their last seven. In fact, no player has scored a higher share of their side’s goals in the competition this term.