Southampton vs. Stoke City: Opposition threat

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino

The visitors sit second-bottom, above West Bromwich Albion, and a measly one point behind their opponents; although Southampton do sit three places in front of the Potters in 16th in the top-flight ladder.

With all the makings of a Premier League six-pointer, on Saturday afternoon, Paul Lambert's Stoke side will travel down to the south coast to meet a Southampton side who have now only lost one of their last nine matches. While the loser will dig themselves into an even deeper hole.

With the United Kingdom in the midst of a late winter freeze and blanketed in an nearly unprecedented blanket of snow it will require a referee's pitch inspection on the morning of the game to confirm whether Southampton and Stoke get the go-ahead to battle it out. With Italian forward Manolo Gabbiadini scoring a 90th-minute equalizer, the Saints picked up a crucial point in what is becoming one of the closest relegation battles in recent memory. "We have shown we are more than capable of winning games". Meanwhile, Charlie Austin remains out on the sidelines.

"It's a huge opportunity for Stoke to jump out of the bottom three".

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert: "Our form is really good".

The Potters have conceded a league-high 54 goals this season.

Xherdan Shaqiri has scored in each of his last three appearances for Stoke in the Premier League.

Stoke could do the league double over Southampton for the first time in 50 years. Live streaming is available on NBC Sports Gold, which you can access with a subscription. A second-half goal courtesy of Peter Crouch proved to be the victor and end his team's campaign on a high, not so much for Saints boss Claude Puel, who would later face the sack. Following Saturday's game at St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton will play four straight away games and do not have another home game until April 14.

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