Norwich can enjoy another away day
Ronald Koeman refused to blame his Southampton players for an unfashionably early exit from this season’s Europa League, concentrating instead on some questionable refereeing. But the Dutchman must be worried by his side’s lack of recent victories.
The Saints have failed to win a match in the Premier League so far and were embarrassed by Everton in their last home game.
It’s a fine line between success and failure in the top flight and Southampton need to get a three-pointer under their belts to settle the nerves. Koeman could be boosted by the return of Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane against Norwich City this Sunday after both missed the game against FC Midtjylland in Denmark on Thursday.
That may have been a blessing in disguise on a heavy pitch but it remains to be seen how much the match has taken out of their team-mates. Southampton are still without long-term absentees Ryan Bertrand, Jordie Clasie and Fraser Forster and are up against a team on an upward curve in Norwich City.
Alex Neil’s team have come a long way in a short time but early evidence suggests they can hold their own in the Premier League and it suits their style of play if the opposition tries to force the pace – Nathan Redmond and Cameron Jerome are particularly dangerous on the break while Robbie Brady can deliver a telling set-piece.
Norwich might be some value at 14/5 to record a third away victory in a row with Southampton having only had three days to recover from a tiring and ultimately disappointing trip to Denmark. Cameron Jerome has looked a threat in every game he’s played and is 13/5 to be an anytime goalscorer.
The match kicks off at 1.30pm on Sunday, August 30th at St Mary’s
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