Saints v Sunderland preview

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino may hand new signing Dani Osvaldo a role against Sunderland at St Mary's Stadium.

Last Updated: 24/08/13 at 14:53   

Dani Osvaldo: Saints' record signing is expected to make his debut

Dani Osvaldo: Saints' record signing is expected to make his debut

Italy international Osvaldo became Saints' club-record signing when he joined from Roma earlier in the week

He arrived on a four-year deal for an undisclosed club-record fee, rumoured to be £15million and is expected to make his debut.

Teenage defender Calum Chambers could retain his place with Nathaniel Clyne short of fitness following a pre-season injury.

Sunderland will be without striker Steven Fletcher (ankle) and Lee Cattermole (knee) for the trip to the south coast, but Craig Gardner is back from suspension.

Defender Phil Bardsley (foot) remains on the sidelines for the Black Cats, which means Wes Brown could feature if he recovers from a knee injury.

Paolo Di Canio's side made a poor start to their Premier League season, slumping to a 1-0 defeat against Fulham at the Stadium of Light.

He looks set to keep faith with central defender Valentin Roberge and may hand his latest signing Charis Mavrias a role in the side as he looks to find a winning formula.

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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  

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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