Sunderland 0-4 Southampton

"I saw all of this week a good level". "The best way to prepare for the EFL Cup final is with a good result this weekend against Sunderland".

It's been quite a season so far for Southampton who have given the fans several moments that they will cherish for years to come - most prominently defeats of Inter Milan, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Sunderland (5-4-16) came into the match in good form following a 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace last week, but struggled to keep the ball and had no answer for Gabbiadini.

"We had a great result last weekend and the players showed everyone what they could do", said manager David Moyes on Friday.

Puel thinks his other players can make up for their absences and the 55-year-old added: "We talk about the absence of Virgil".

Early in the second half, Gabbiadini hooked an effort from James Ward-Prowse's corner at Mannone.

30' - GOAL! Sunderland 0-1 Southampton (Gabbiadini).

Sunderland lost Adnan Januzaj, John O'Shea and Jack Rodwell to knocks at Crystal Palace last week, fortunately Rodwell is the only one who will miss this game with a hamstring injury.

45' - GOAL! Sunderland 0-2 Southampton (Gabbiadini).

Three of Sunderland's last four Premier League goals against the Saints have been penalties (two from Jordi Gomez and one from Defoe).

Only Hull (77) have faced more shots on target in home Premier League games this season than the Black Cats (76).

Southampton are one of three Premier League sides yet to earn a point away from home in 2017, along with Burnley and Bournemouth.

Manolo Gabbiadini continued his fine start to life at the Saints by netting a brace in the first half.

Sunderland have kept back to back clean sheets, that's as many as they'd kept in 22 previous league games under Moyes.

This equals Southampton's biggest away win in the top flight.

At 3/1 my money is definitely on the Black Cats.

  • Julie Sanders