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In Profile: Friday’s Opponents, Southampton

With Leicester City’s Premier League campaign set to continue at St. Mary’s Stadium on Friday evening (8pm kick-off), LCFC.com takes a look at Southampton’s history, playing squad and 2019/20 season so far.
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Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men host the Foxes on the south coast during what is the first Premier League fixture of the weekend.

City have fared well at St. Mary’s Stadium in their past two visits, scoring six goals and registering as many points in the process.

As Brendan Rodgers’ outfit attempts to continue their excellent start to the campaign, we provide some background on the Saints and their exploits during a 133-year history.

The manager

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Ralph Hasenhüttl
Ralph Hasenhüttl

The Austrian has been in charge of Southampton since December 2018.

Former Austria international striker Ralph Hasenhüttl joined the Saints as manager in December 2018, following spells in charge of German sides SpVgg Unterhaching, VfR Aalen, FC Ingolstadt 04 and Red Bull Leipzig.

He won promotion with both Aalen and Ingolstadt, while Hasenhüttl also led Leipzig to a second-place finish in the Bundesliga during his debut season as manager, runners-up to Bayern Munich.

As a player, at Austria Wien, he won the Austrian Bundesliga three times, and the Austrian Cup twice, while he also picked up another league and cup trophy in his home nation with Austria Salzburg shortly after.

During his playing career, he also played for his hometown club Grazer AK, based in Graz, Belgian outfits Mechrlen and Lierse, and German sides FC Cologne, SpVgg Greuther Fürth and finally Bayern Munich II.

The squad

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Danny Ings
Danny Ings

Danny Ings has scored four goals for Southampton in the Premier League this term.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, international team-mate of City stopper Kasper Schmeichel, is the captain of Southampton, and in midfield is often accompanied by England international James Ward-Prowse and Oriol Romeu, formerly of Chelsea.

Angus Gunn has this term been Ralph Hasenhüttl's choice of goalkeeper, while their English contingent is strengthened by senior internationals Danny Ings, Nathan Redmond and Ryan Bertrand.

This term, Ings has been Southampton’s main source of goals. Joining in the summer on a permanent deal from Liverpool for a reported fee of £20M, he has scored five goals in his last four appearances in all competitions.

Another summer arrival, Moussa Djenepo, meanwhile, won the Premier League’s Goal of the Month award for September, thanks to a stunning strike against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane – the same turf on which Harvey Barnes struck a sensational volley to win August’s prize.

The trophy cabinet

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1976 FA Cup win
1976 FA Cup win

Jim Steele, Mel Blyth and Peter Rodrigues celebrate Southamptons 1976 FA Cup triumph.

Southampton’s most significant honour came in 1976, when they lifted the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium following a 1-0 victory over Manchester United, thanks to a solitary strike from Bobby Stoke with seven minutes to play.

In 1984, they finished as runners-up in England’s top flight, finishing just three points behind Liverpool, while they won the third tier in 1960.

Their back-to-back promotions in 2010/11 and 2011/12 eventually led to them making a return to the Premier League after a seven-season absence.

Immediately prior to that recent success, they won the EFL Trophy (now leasing.com Trophy) by beating Carlisle United at Wembley in front of over 73,000 fans in March 2010.

The stadium

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St. Mary's Stadium
St. Mary's Stadium

St. Mary's Stadium has been the home of the Saints since 2001.

St. Mary’s Stadium was opened in August 2001, replacing the Dell – an iconic ground which the Saints played at for over a century.

With over 32,000 seats, it has a slightly higher capacity then King Power Stadium, and has played host to four senior England internationals.

The first saw the Three Lions draw 2-2 with Macedonia in 2002, while victories over Norway, Italy and Kosovo have also taken place on the same turf.

During the 5-3 triumph over Kosovo, City Academy graduate Ben Chilwell played 90 minutes at left-back, while James Maddison was an unused substitute.

The fixtures

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Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

The Saints drew 1-1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers in their last Premier League outing.

Consecutive losses to Burnley and Liverpool at the start of 2019/20 were followed up by triumphs at Brighton & Hove Albion and Sheffield United and a draw with Manchester United at St. Mary’s Stadium.

They have beaten Fulham and rivals Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup, but have not won in the Premier League since mid-September.

After Friday’s clash with the Foxes, they then face a double-header with Manchester City, with two cup and league matches taking place at Etihad Stadium.

Key dates in their fixture schedule include a Boxing Day clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, a home encounter with Tottenham Hotspur on New Year’s Day and final day showdown versus Sheffield United on home soil.

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