Saints At Brighton The Preview
Saturday, 24th Aug 2019 07:59
Saints travel down to Brighton looking to get their first points of the season on the board, can they repeat last season's win ?
There is no need to ring the alarm bells at St Mary's just yet, the defeat at Burnley was a disappointment in the way we through a solid performance away in a mad 15 minute period , but the optimism returned with a good performance against a very good Liverpool side.
But the problem was we didn't get a point on the board and we really need to do that now against Brighton and that won't be easy.
The Seagulls have had a big revamp in the summer, not only changing manager but bringing in a plethora of players in the transfer window.
That brought a good start to the season with 4 points from their opening two fixtures and the Brighton fans are brimming with confidence now, but is this just a honey moon period with a new manager syndrome or do their old problems still remain.
We will find out this afternoon !
But the big question is what changes will Ralph Hasenhuttl make both in personnel and formation.
Will he stick with three central defenders of go four at the back and will it be a debut for Kevin Danso or will that have to wait till the midweek League cup trip to Fulham.
Either way the important thing is to not only put in a good performance but get points on the board and there is no reason why we should not do both.
Put simply there is little more to say in this preview that hasn't been said before, we all know the problem and that hasn't been fully solved in the summer, at least not yet.
Good teams are based on strength down the spine and that starts from the back and having not dealt with it in the last three years everyone knows our centre of defence is our weak link.
Of course we have showed that we can get away with it in some games and others we can't, hopefully today will be a day we can.
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