The rescheduled game between Southampton and Brentford at St. Mary’s will conclude Gameweek 27 of the 2022/23 Premier League season on Thursday.
Southampton are at the bottom of the Premier League table, with only 22 points from 26 games played. The Saints held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw in their previous game and will be looking to get back on track at home.
Brentford, meanwhile, are in ninth place in the league with 38 points. The Bees were defeated 1-0 by Everton last week and will need to win all three points to keep their European hopes alive.
Southampton and Brentford will face off in the Southampton vs Brentford of Premier League 2023 on 16th March 2023 at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, England.
Know the Match Details
Competition: Southampton vs Brentford, Premier League 2023
Date: Thursday, 16th March 2023
Kickoff: 01:00 AM (IST)
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, England
Ruben Selles does not have a new injury concern hampering his team’s preparations for their most recent match. Southampton’s manager may be without three first-team players against Brentford on Wednesday.
Juan Larios (muscle injury) and Valentino Livramento (knee) are out for the time being. Ainsley Maitland-Niles, on the other hand, could return on Wednesday. Selles is still concerned about the Englishman’s fitness, and the former Arsenal utility man will undergo a late fitness test to determine his availability.
However, Maitland-Niles may not be fit enough to play on Wednesday. So Kyle Walker-Peters will feature as the right-back again, with Romain Perraud taking his place on the left flank. Armel Bella-Kotchap and Jan Bednarek should return to the centre of the defence. There’s no getting around Gavin Bazunu between the sticks.
On Wednesday, Southampton will line up in a 4-3-3 formation. When the hosts push forward, the system will change to a 4-2-3-1, with Carlos Alcaraz enjoying a free role in the final third. The Argentine midfielder will most likely play alongside James Ward-Prowse and Romeo Lavia in the centre of the field.
Che Adams has emerged as Southampton’s preferred striker in recent weeks and will spearhead the attack against Brentford. Finally, Theo Walcott and Kamaldeen Sulemena should remain as the two wide attackers, with Selles having a number of options on the bench.
Southampton Possible Starting Lineup:
Bazunu; Walker-Peters, Bella-Kotchap, Bednarek, Perraud; Lavia, Ward-Prowse, Alcaraz; Walcott, Adams, Sulemana
Thomas Frank, like his counterpart in the Southampton dugout, has no concerns about the trip to St. Mary’s. On Wednesday, Brentford’s manager will be without two first-team players.
Thomas Strakosha (ankle) and Keane Lewis-Potter (knee) are still on the sidelines and will be out for the foreseeable future. Otherwise, Frank will take a full-strength squad to Southampton for Wednesday’s game.
David Raya, whose future is uncertain due to links with Chelsea and Manchester United, is an obvious choice in goal. And, against Southampton, Brentford will line up in a 4-3-3 formation in front of the Spaniard.
The undisputed first-choice center-backs are Ethan Pinnock and Ben Mee. This midweek, the duo will aim to reestablish defensive solidity at the heart of the defence. Meanwhile, the marauding full-backs will be Aaron Hickey and Rico Henry.
Christian Norgaard will sit at the bottom of the midfield unit, attempting to keep things tight in the middle of the field. Mathias Jensen and Vitaly Janelt will join the Danish midfield, with the trio primarily responsible for defence. Jensen, on the other hand, has an impact during transitions.
In terms of the offensive unit, Bryan Mbeumo, Ivan Toney, and Yoane Wissa stand out. While Toney will lead the charge, he will frequently drop deep to create pockets of space. And it is at this point that Mbeumo and Wissa tend to pounce and catch the opposing defenders off guard.
Brentford Possible Starting Lineup:
Raya; Hickey, Pinnock, Mee, Henry; Jensen, Norgaard, Janelt; Mbeumo, Toney, Wissa
Southampton vs Brentford Head-to-Head and Key Numbers
- Southampton have a good record against Brentford, having won 34 of the 70 games played between the two teams, compared to 23 for Brentford.
- The home team has won all three Premier League games between Brentford and Southampton by at least three goals.
- Brentford have won their last two Premier League games against Southampton, including a 3-0 victory in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
- Brentford have lost all seven of their Premier League midweek games this season.
- Southampton won their previous home game against Leicester City 1-0 and could win consecutive Premier League games for the first time since February 2022.
- Brentford suffered their first Premier League defeat in 13 games last week, and they have not suffered consecutive defeats in the competition since February 2022.
Statistics for Southampton and Brentford
Southampton were unable to capitalise on being down to ten men for the better part of an hour at Old Trafford on Sunday, drawing 0-0 with Manchester United, keeping them at the bottom of the table.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles missed the match due to a knock and is doubtful again here, but it would not be surprising if the hosts field the same starting XI as last weekend.
Brentford were defeated by Everton in the Premier League for the first time since the World Cup break after conceding in the first minute at Goodison Park.
In terms of injuries, nothing has changed, but Thomas Frank could make a couple of changes with Josh Dasilva and Yoane Wissa all pushing for early births.
Southampton vs Brentford Prediction
Brentford have been in good form this season and will be looking to climb the Premier League table. Bryan Mbeumo and Ivan Toney, for example, have stepped up so far and have a point to prove this week.
Southampton has struggled this season and is in desperate need of a boost ahead of this match. On paper, Brentford are the superior team and should be able to win this game. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Watch out for an exciting game with Brentford to win at the odds of 2.45.
Southampton vs Brentford Key Player:
Bryan Mbeumo has quietly had a good season, settling down in the Premier League after an inconsistent debut season. Furthermore, the Cameroonian international has a strong record against Southampton.
Mbeumo has been directly involved in three Premier League goals against Southampton (one goal, two assists). Earlier this season, he scored and assisted in Brentford’s 3-0 victory. Expect the 23-year-old to step up once more as the Bees look to get back on track.