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Southampton vs Preston North End: Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips

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              Southampton vs Preston North End: Preview, Prediction & Betting Tips

              Southampton host Preston North End at St Mary’s hoping to record victory in order to keep their hopes of automatic promotion alive with just a few games remaining.

              Date: 16/04/24

              Kick-off time: 20:00

              Venue: St Mary’s Stadium

              Dreams of an immediate return to the Premier League are still alive for Southampton, even with just five games left to go. It will be a tough task and they will have to rely on others, but if they keep winning they will give themselves a chance. They currently are in fourth, sitting on 81 points, six behind Leeds in third and trail the top two of Ipswich and Leeds by eight and seven. However, those teams have played two more games than Southampton, with the exception of the Foxes who have played one more. If the Saints were to win their two games in hand, they would go level with Leeds and still have to play them. This means that every game left is a must win, otherwise they will have to settle for a play-off place.

              In contrast, Preston have very little to play for in mid-table. Though, in 10th, they are eight points back from the top six with 12 points still to play for. However, there are a number of teams ahead of them who they would have to overcome. That being said, they would like to finish as high as possible, and that would start with victory over Southampton.

              The visitors will be hopeful of getting on the scoresheet against a team who have kept just one clean sheet since mid-February. Their main threat will come from Will Keane, who has scored 13 goals so far this season. Preston may have a more difficult time of keeping their hosts out as Russell Martin’s side have scored 10 in their last four home games. Adam Armstrong leads the way for them with 20 goals, and this is a figure which is also the second highest in the entire league. He also has 12 assists, highlighting both his scoring and creative prowess.

              These two sides have met just once since 2011, and that was the reverse fixture earlier this season. The points were shared on that afternoon in October in dramatic fashion as it ended 2-2. Southampton took the lead through Kyle Walker-Peters in the first half, but Preston turned it around in three second-half minutes with goals from Milutin Osmajic and Brad Potts. The Saints got their equaliser right at the death as Ched Evans deflected a header by keeper Gavin Bazunu, who had come up for the corner, into his own net.

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              Team News

              Southampton

              Southampton have a mostly fit squad to choose from, with Ross Stewart and Juan Larios the only long-term absentees.

              Preston

              Brad Potts has been missing through injury, as has Liam Millar and Ben Whiteman who hope to return before the season ends.

              Form Guide

              Southampton

              In their last five games, Southampton have won two, drawn two and lost one. Despite the inconsistent results, the Saints are hanging to a little bit of hope in catching the top three in the Championship. They took a big step towards that with a crucial last gasp 3-2 victory over Watford at the weekend. It looked like it was set to be a comfortable afternoon for the hosts, after Will Smallbone put them ahead a minute in and Che Adams doubled the lead after 20 minutes. Ryan Porteous pulled one back before the break, and the Hornets thought they had salvaged a point as Ismael Kone found the back of the net with five minutes to go. However, nine minutes into stoppage time, Flynn Downes popped up with a dramatic winner to steal a massive three points.

              This continued the momentum they had picked up from a 2-1 win over Coventry during the midweek prior. Kyle Walker-Peters and Adams gave them a first half 2-0 lead, before Jake Bidwell halved the deficit. Coventry could not complete a comeback though. A missed opportunity for maximum points passed at Blackburn as Southampton were held to a scoreless draw. It was the third of a winless streak of three following a heartbreaking 3-2 loss at league leaders Ipswich. Leif Davis gave the hosts a lead, but Adams fired back immediately. Adam Armstrong continued his strong season as he put his side in front. An equaliser came with 22 minutes to go, though the visitors were put in a tough position with a man sent off late on. This helped Ipswich to score a 97th minute winner through Jeremy Sarmiento.

              The first game of this stretch was a 1-1 home draw with Middlesbrough. Southampton enjoyed more shots and more possession and went ahead early through Armstrong. They could not add to their lead though, and this allowed Boro to level it in the 90th minute with a goal from Emmanuel Latte Lath.

              Preston

              In their last five games, Preston have won two, lost two, and drawn one. Similarly, it has been a mixed stretch for Preston. Their two defeats have been narrow, whilst their victories have been commanding. The first win was at home to bottom side Rotherham in which they won 3-0. All the goals came in the first half with the visitors offering minimal threat. Duane Holmes opened the scoring, before Emil Riis Jakobsen added a brace.

              This preceded a 1-0 defeat at relegation threatened Birmingham City. It was Preston this time who offered very little threat, achieving one shot on target from four attempts. Jay Stansfield’s 68th minute goal proved to be the difference between the two sides. A trip to Watford ended in a goalless draw, despite the hosts dominating possession with 72%. They could only muster two attempts on target, whilst Preston recorded one, as the game ended in a stalemate.

              They then hosted Huddersfield, and enjoyed an eventually comfortable 4-1 win. They did go behind in the first half to a Josh Koroma goal, but equalised from the spot shortly after the restart. The game looked set to end in a draw, but Milutin Osmajic scored an eight-minute hat-trick to take the game away with the first of his goals coming in the 84th minute. Their most recent game was a 1-0 home loss to in-form Norwich. Gabriel Sara scored the winner with only four minutes to go.

              Footy Accumulators Prediction

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              3
              Team logoLeeds
              4627910+3890
              4
              Team logoSouthampton
              4626911+2487
              5
              Team logoWest Bromwich
              46211213+2375
              Last updated 22/05/2024

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              PosClubPWDLGDPTS
              9
              Team logoCoventry
              46171316+1164
              10
              Team logoPreston
              4618919-1163
              11
              Team logoBristol City
              46171118+262
              Last updated 22/05/2024

              Where to Watch

              Southampton vs Preston will be available to watch on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.

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