FA Cup

Southampton vs Coventry City: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Grey Whitebloom
Southampton needed extra-time to squeeze past Swansea City in the previous round of this season's FA Cup
Southampton needed extra-time to squeeze past Swansea City in the previous round of this season's FA Cup / Ryan Pierse/GettyImages
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The Premier League's Southampton host second-tier Coventry City in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.

Southampton will be buoyed by a battling 1-1 draw against reigning champions Manchester City on the eve of the international break but are floating around the division's middle class. Operating in a similar realm one tier below, two wins from their last ten league games has forced Coventry to tumble out of the play-off positions.

Here's all you need to know about the upcoming cup clash.


How to watch Southampton vs Coventry on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Saturday 5 February, 15:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? St Mary's Stadium
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, BBC Two Final Score (UK), ESPN+ (US), Sportsnet (Canada)
Highlights? The FA Cup - BBC One
Referee? Tony Harrington
VAR? Kevin Friend


Southampton team news

Ralph Hasenhuttl's squad has been boosted by the return to training of William Smallbone and Tino Livramento from injury during the merciful mid-season hiatus. Moussa Djenepo has also made his way back after his Mali side were knocked out of the African Cup of Nations by Equatorial Guinea via a penalty shootout (in which he, at least, scored).

Fraser Forster may once again be leaned upon in goal as Alex McCarthy's fitness is uncertain while Nathan Tella is also a doubt with a groin injury.

You can read Southampton's predicted lineup here.


Coventry team news

While Southampton's players had the luxury of nine days without even training - which ended on Monday - Coventry have continued to plough through the exhaustive Championship fixture list.

Nevertheless, Mark Robins has a remarkably unscathed squad to select from, which was bolstered by the arrival of Jake Bidwell from Swansea City in January - a defender that sat on the bench for Southampton's clash with his former side in the previous round of the competition.


Southampton vs Coventry head-to-head record

One game in particular against Coventry will emphatically stand out for those of a Southampton persuasion. It was against the Sky Blues that the Saints confirmed their Premier League promotion in April 2012 with a 4-0 win.

The clubs haven't met since but do enjoy a balanced record over their numerous meetings down the years; Southampton can lay claim to 47 wins across all competitions compared to Coventry's 49, with 45 of their matches ending all square.

Coventry are winless in their five visits to St Mary's, last recording a victory away to Southampton at the now demolished Dell in 2000.


Southampton vs Coventry score prediction

Mark Robins' incredible second spell at the helm of Coventry City began with a cup victory, claiming the EFL Trophy in his sixth game in charge. However, while two promotions have followed, a cup run has not been forthcoming since.

Southampton, operating in the purgatory of a side with slim chance of European qualification or relegation this season, can focus on bettering last season's FA Cup semi-final defeat, continuing on Saturday.

Prediction: Southampton 2-1 Coventry

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