FT: Southampton 1 Stoke 1

FULL TIME. That's it, all square here at St Mary's. Thanks for your views today and stay with us for reaction.

90 (+2)
Stoke win a free-kick 40 yards out on the left. Whitehead floats the ball into the box but Saints partially clear. N'Zonzi crosses back into the box from the right but Hooiveld clears and the ref blows for full time.

90
Three minutes of added time are announced. The fourth official has to use a number rather than the electric board which has stopped working!!

89
Mayuka cuts inside from the left before shooting at goal from the edge of the box but it hits the side netting.

88
Saints take the throw in but Rodriguez is flagged offside.

88
Whitehead takes the free-kick but Puncheon wins the ball and races forward and Saints have a throw in 20 yards out on the right.

87
Huth wins a free-kick 35 yards in front of goal off Ward-Prowse.

86
Jerome crosses from the right byline into the box but Puncheon clears the danger.

85
Shotton crosses from the right but Owen cannot make contact with the ball in the centre and Saints clear.

84
Puncheon tries an effort from 25 yards in front of goal but Begovic saves well low to his left.

82
Lull - the teams are cancelling each other out in the middle.

81
Cork is replaced for Saints by Mayuka.

79
Saints win a throw in 15 yards out on the right. Puncheon takes and Saints feed the ball top Shaw who tries an effort from 25 yards on the left but his shot is well over.

77
Stoke win a throw in 30 yards out on the left. Wilkinson takes but Cork tackles Crouch and clears.

76
Rodriguez latches onto a throughball before shooting left-footed from ten yards but it is straight at Begovic who gathers.

75
Saints take the throw in and Puncheon crosses into the box from the right but Begovic clears.

74
Stoke take the free-kick but Saints win the ball and Puncheon wins a throw in 25 yards out on the right.

74
S Davis is replaced by Ward-Prowse for Saints. Owen is also on for Walters for Stoke, making his final appearance and he gets a great reception.

72
Lamberts tees-up a shot at goal on the edge of the box but Huth tackles and Stoke win a free-kick near the halfway line.

70
Saints continue to press but the Stoke defence are holding firm and no more chances as yet.

69
Jerome is on for Etherington for Stoke.

67
Lambert crosses from 25 yards on the right but there is no Saints player in the box. S Davis does well to retrieve the ball on the far side but his cross into the box is gathered by Begovic.

65
Huth heads out for a corner on the right. Saints take but Shawcross clears Puncheon's cross from the right.

64
Lambert presses down the left flank but Stoke win a throw in near their own box.

64
Puncheon is on for Lallana for the Saints.

62
Stoke come again and Crouch wins a throw in two yards out on the left. Shotton takes but Cork clears.

61
Whitehead puts the corner into the box and Saints partially clear to Shotton who tries an effort from 30 yards in front of goal but it sails well over.

60
Stoke come again and Etherington wins a corner on the left.

59
Etherington swings the corner into the box and Huth outjumps Fonte before heading at goal from eight yards but K Davis is in the right place in the line and gathers.

58
Stoke win a corner on the right from Shotton's throw in.

57
GOAL - LAMBERT!!!! Saints win a free-kick 35 yards out on the right. Lallana takes but Stoke partially clear. Lallana's cross back into the box falls to S Davis who shoots at goal from 15 yards. Begovic can only parry the ball into the feet of Lambert who makes no mistake from close range!!!

55
Cameron again presses down the right flank but his cross from 12 yards out is cleared by Rodriguez.

54
Saints take the corner but Stoke eventually clear Lambert's downwards header.

53
Lallana tees up Lambert for a shot at goal from 15 yards in the centre but Begovic saves well with his right leg and the ball goes out for a corner on the left.

52
Stoke take the free-kick and feed the ball to Cameron to the right side of the box but Shaw tackles and clears.

51
Crouch wins a free-kick off Cork 30 yards out in the centre.

50
Saints continue to press but first Clyne and then S Davis' crosses are cleared.

48
Saints break forward and Clyne pulls the ball back from the right byline to S Davis who shoots from 16 yards but Begovic saves well down low to his right and Stoke clear.

47
GOAL - CROUCH!!! Crouch puts Stoke ahead after good work from Cameron. Cameron runs to the right side of the box before crossing into the centre and Crouch gets ahead of his marker Fonte and he heads into the net from ten yards!!!

46
The second half kicks off. No changes at the break.

Fancy a bet? Sky Bet go evens for a Saints win, 6/4 for the draw and 4/1 for a Stoke victory. I'm sticking to my 2-0 prediction, what are your views / predictions for the second period? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best when I return with my brew!

HALF TIME. It's all square here at the break in a tight game at St Mary's. Stay with us for the second period.

45 (+1)
Whitehead takes the corner but K Davis eventually claims the ball. Lallana breaks forward but the ref blows for half time.

One minute of added time is announced.

45
Stoke break upfield and Etherignton wins a corner on the left.

44
Lallana takes the corner but Begovic comes off his line and punches away.

43
Schneiderlin concedes a free-kick 30 yards out on the right. Stoke take but Cork intercepts and Saints break forward and Lallana wins a corner on the left off Huth.

42
Etherington tries to release Cameron into the left side of the box but Clyne intercepts and clears.

40
Clyne floats a long ball forward for Lallana to chase into the right corner but it is over hit runs out for a goal kick.

39
Walters cuts into the box from the right before shooting left-footed from 15 yards but his low effort lacks power and K Davis saves easily to his left.

38
Etherington tries to release Walters down the left flank but Cork intercepts and clears.

37
Saints take the free-kick and play the ball to Rodriguez who crosses into the box from the left but Huth clears.

36
Walters backs into Fonte and Saints win a free-kick just inside their half.

35
Saints press and Rodriguez crosses from the left byline but Shawcross clears in the centre of the box.

34
Whitehead floats the free-kick into the box, Clyne heads away before Etherington volleys just over from the edge of the box.

33
Huth punts the free-kick forward but Saints partially clear the danger before Crouch wins another free-kick off Hooiveld 35 yards out on the right.

32
Crouch wins a free-kick just inside his own half after a foul by Fonte.

30
Shotton puts a long throw into the box but Shaw heads away before Wilkinson blasts well over from long distance.

29
N'Zonzi plays Walters into the right side of the box who pulls the ball back across the box but Hooiveld clears for a Stoke throw in 12 yards out on the right.

28
Saints take the free-kick but Fonte's pass is intercepted by N'Zonzi who clears.

28
N'Zonzi is booked for fouling Schneiderlin who had intercepted a pass and was trying to break towards goal. It is a Saints free-kick just inside the Stoke half.

25
Saints press and Fonte floats a cross in from the right towards Lambert who has got between the two centrr-halves but he cannot get his head on it and Begovic watches the ball go out for a goal kick.

24
Etherinton presses down the left flank but Clyne tackles and clears.

23
Saints take the throw in and win another midway in their half on the left. They take Stoke win their own throw in near the halfway line.

22
N'Zonzi wins a free-kick on the halfway line on the left. Stoke float the ball towards Crouch to the right side of the box but Shaw wins a throw in near the byline.

21
Begovic kicks the ball forward, Crouch flicks on and Walters runs into the box, having turned Hooiveld who slips to the floor. But Schneiderlin tracks back and shepherds Walters off the ball and K Davis is able to gather.

20
Saints come again and Lallana crosses into the box from the left touchline but Begovic is quickly off his line and gathers.

20
Wilson has limped off injured, replaced by Wilkinson.

18
Saints take the throw in and feed the ball to S Davis but his cross from 25 yards is over hit and goes out for a goal kick.

17
Whitehead takes the corner but Saints partially clear. Wilson is then caught on the edge of the box and S Davis runs to the edge of the box before passing to Lallana on the left but Shotton tracks back and puts it out for a throw in ten yards out on the left.

16
Etherington presses down the left flank and wins a corner.

15
Wilson puts the throw in into the box but Clyne heads away and Saints break upfield with Rodriguez getting to the right byline but Shawcross ushers the ball out of play.

14
Walters presses down the left and wins a throw in eight yards out.

13
Saints come again and S Davis runs at the box but Shawcross tackles on the edge of the box and clears.

12
Shaw wins a free-kick just inside the Stoke half on the left after a strong challenge by Shotton. Saints take and feed the ball to the right flank before Clyne crosses from ten yards out to Lambert at the far post but he cannot keep his header down and it sails over.

11
Saints enjoy possession without threatening.

9
Lambert creates a yard of space for himself and tries an effort from 20 yards out to the right of goal but his shot goes over.

8
S Davis wins a free-kick ten yards out on the right. Saints take but Huth clears the box.

7
Wilson takes the free-kick but blasts it well over the bar.

6
Stoke break upfield and Walters is fouled by Hooiveld for a free-kick 28 yards out on the left.

5
Lallana takes the free-kick but Shawcross heads away in the centre of the box.

5
Rodriguez runs to the right side of the box and is fouled by Whitehead for a free-kick ten yards out.

3
It is all Saints at present but no more chances as yet.

2
Shaw tries to latch onto a throughball down the left flank but it rolls out for a Stoke throw in midway in their half.

1
Lallana's low shot from a throw in is parried by Begovic onto the post. Lambert has the ball in the net after latching onto the loose ball but he is rightly flagged offside. A flare is then thrown onto the pitch - it's all happening!

1
Stoke get the game underway.

Edd Irwin from Durban says: "So it's the last game of the season and I would have loved to see Michael Owen start in this game. Anyway we might see him later when Stoke are 2-1 up. Regards Steve Have a good holiday." Cheers mate, no holidays for me until July when I'm going cycling in Ireland. I'm on cloud nine though after Bradford's win at Wembley yesterday - what a victory!

Referee - Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

Teams - Stoke: Begovic, Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Cameron, Whitehead, Nzonzi, Etherington, Crouch, Walters. Subs: Sorensen, Palacios, Owen, Kightly, Wilkinson, Jerome, Cuvelier.

Teams - Southampton: Kelvin Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Shaw, Steven Davis, Schneiderlin, Cork, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert. Subs: Gazzaniga, Yoshida, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka, Chambers, Isgrove, Puncheon.

Cheers for your views Cian and Jon. I also reckon Saints will win, I'm going for a 2-0 victory with Lambert to score first which pays a handsome 22/1 with Sky Bet. Any more views? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com

Jon says: "Last day of the season...end with a Saints win!! And winning the office bet...Saints to finish above Fulham!! Boom! Who would have said that last September???"

FIRST VIEW - Cian says: "Hey! So dissapointed to see the final games of the BPL this season, and to see so many legends retire!:( but anyway, I think Southampton have been quite good recently so i'll go for a Southampton win, 1-0 :)"

Fancy a bet? Sky Bet go 4/6 for a Southampton win, 14/5 for the draw and 9/2 for a Stoke success. Rickie Lambert is 9/2 to score the opening goal and 7/1 to bag a brace. Michael Owen is 9/1 to score first in his final game.

Teams - Southampton also make one alteration for the final match of the season, with Artur Boruc replaced in goal by club captain Kelvin Davis. Mauricio Pochettino has named academy graduates Lloyd Isgrove and Calum Chambers on the bench.

Teams - Stoke striker Michael Owen is named on the bench for his last match as a professional footballer. The 33-year-old calls time on his illustrious career after the St Mary's clash, where City boss Tony Pulis has brought in Geoff Cameron for the suspended Charlie Adam in his only change to the starting line-up.

Welcome to St Mary's where Southampton host Stoke. Both sides are safe but their managers will demand no let up here, wanting to finish the season on a winning note. But who will prevail? Send your views/predictions to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best throughout the afternoon.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 26 April 2014
12:45
Southampton v Everton  
15:00
Fulham v Hull City  
Stoke City v Tottenham  
Swansea v A Villa  
West Brom v West Ham  
17:30
Man Utd v Norwich  
Sunday, 27 April 2014
12:00
Sunderland v Cardiff  
14:05
Liverpool v Chelsea  
16:10
C Palace v Man City  
Monday, 28 April 2014
20:00
Arsenal v Newcastle  
Saturday, 03 May 2014
12:45
West Ham v Tottenham  
15:00
A Villa v Hull City  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 35 52 80
2 Chelsea 35 41 75
3 Man City 34 56 74
4 Arsenal 35 21 70
5 Everton 35 23 69
6 Tottenham 35 2 63
7 Man Utd 34 16 57
8 Southampton 35 5 49
9 Newcastle 35 -15 46
10 Stoke City 35 -10 44
11 C Palace 35 -13 43
12 West Ham 35 -10 37
13 Swansea 35 -4 36
14 Hull City 34 -9 36
15 A Villa 34 -14 35
16 West Brom 34 -13 33
17 Norwich 35 -28 32
18 Cardiff 35 -34 30
19 Fulham 35 -42 30
20 Sunderland 34 -24 29

Updated Wed, 23 Apr 2014

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