Watford vs Southampton Live Stream and Score Updates (1-3)
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18:2816 days ago

Thank you and goodbye!

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18:2716 days ago

FULL-TIME STATS

Possession: 47%-53%

Shots: 8-11

On target: 0-7

Corners: 5-3

Fouls 18-9

18:2616 days ago

FULL-TIME

That's it. Watford's misery compiled by an energetic, well-organised, relentless and clinical Southampton side.

The Saints climb a place in the table to 13th, while the Hornets remain 16th, just one point above the relegation zone.

18:2516 days ago

YELLOW CARD

95' Doucouré is booked for leaving a leg on Adams.

The game's nearly over, and neither side will necessarily be disappointed about that.

Work to be done for Watford, but a great afternoon's shift from Southampton.

18:2016 days ago

91' There will be five minutes of added time at Vicarage Road.
18:1816 days ago

89' It's nearly four for the Saints as Adams races past Dawson to force a good save from Foster.

It would've been his first league goal for the club, but it wasn't to be.

Redmond then hits the post from the subsequent attack - Southampton aren't intent on stopping at three.

18:1216 days ago

GOAL - SOUTHAMPTON - WARD-PROWSE - 1-3

82' You don't stop those!

It's from an ideal position, central and just outside the box, but it's a beauty of a strike from the set-piece specialist Ward-Prowse.

Foster gave him a lot of room to his right, but the goalkeeper wouldn't have had a chance with that anyway.

The deficit is restored in double-quick time.

18:1016 days ago

81' Ward-Prowse has a free-kick in a very promising position here.
18:0916 days ago

GOAL - WATFORD - OWN GOAL - 1-2

80' The hosts are back in it!

Holebas whips in a vicious cross and Bednarek, under pressure from Welbeck, can only head past his own goalkeeper.

Could the comeback be on here?

18:0816 days ago

SUBSTITUTION - WATFORD

79' A possible change of shape from Watford as Pussetto, traditionally a winger, comes on for full-back Femenía.
18:0316 days ago

SUBSTITUTION - SOUTHAMPTON

75' Long makes way for Adams in a second change for the visitors.
18:0316 days ago

SUBSTITUTION - WATFORD

73' Watford make a trio of changes: Welbeck replaces Hughes; Masina makes way for Holebas; and 18-year old João Pedro steps in for Pereyra to make his Premier League debut.

Pearson has hit the panic button.

18:0016 days ago

GOAL - SOUTHAMPTON - INGS - 0-2

70' Self-destruction from the hosts.

Foster throws the ball straight to Ings, who gratefully accepted the invitation to stride forward and power the ball home with the aid of a deflection.

A calamitous error from one of Watford's most reliable performers; could it prove costly in their bid to survive?

17:5316 days ago

SUBSTITUTION - SOUTHAMPTON

64' The first change of the game sees Smallbone replaced by Armstrong for the visitors.
17:5016 days ago

60' That could have been the moment for the hosts.

Again, a loose ball dropped kindly for Hughes in the area, but his shot was blocked. Deeney then had a chance to take aim, but gave the Southampton defence enough time to tackle and clear.

17:4716 days ago

57' Watford are pressing better and look more menacing in attacking situations.

Still, though, they are yet to create a chance of note in this game. That has to change soon.

17:3716 days ago

47' Watford have a chance from a set-piece situation as the ball drops nicely for Sarr in the box, but his fierce shot is blocked bravely by the Southampton defence.

Moments later, Deeney fires well over from just outside the penalty area.

A fast start from the Hornets, but they're still yet to trouble Alex McCarthy.

17:3416 days ago

KICK-OFF

46' The second half commences courtesy of Southampton.
17:2316 days ago

HALF-TIME STATS

Possession: 46%-54%

Shots: 1-4

On Target: 0-3

Corners: 0-1

Fouls: 8-4

17:2116 days ago

HALF-TIME - WATFORD 0-1 SOUTHAMPTON

Well, it's been quite a tepid match so far, but Southampton have Watford exactly where they want them and the Hornets look powerless to adapt.

The Saints have played all of the good football but Foster hasn't actually had a great deal to do - it's in attack and midfield where the home side will feel disappointed.

It's set to be a massive second half for Pearson and his players here at Vicarage Road.

17:0216 days ago

YELLOW CARD

32' Dawson goes into the book for a cynical challenge on Long.
16:5916 days ago

29' The game pauses for Long to receive treatment for a suspected leg injury.
16:5516 days ago

24' Ward-Prowse darts into the area to latch onto a lofted pass before attempting to dink the ball over Foster for a second for his side - just too high.

Southampton are looking far and away the better side here. Watford need to get going, and soon; this would be a really cruel blow to their survival aspirations.

16:4816 days ago

GOAL - SOUTHAMPTON - INGS - 0-1

16' What a strike from Southampton's leading scorer!

Ings receives the ball from Smallbone, shimmies away from Cathcart's tackle and caresses the ball beautifully into the bottom corner; Foster had no chance with that one.

Perhaps disappointing from a defensive point of view, but the striker will be delighted.

16:4516 days ago

15' Southampton work the ball nicely into the Watford box, but Long's fizzed shot is gratefully clutched by Foster.
16:4316 days ago

12' Sarr makes a menacing run down the right and into the penalty area, but his cut-back finds no one in yellow and black.
16:3516 days ago

5' No threat posed to either goal thus far, but the tempo of this one is good.
16:3016 days ago

KICK-OFF

1' Étienne Capoue gets proceedings underway.
16:2516 days ago

The teams are making their way out and kick-off is imminent.
15:3516 days ago

Southampton line-up

McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Smallbone; Redmond, Ings, Long.

Subs: Gunn, Adams, Armstrong, Obafemi, Vokins, Danso, Valery, Tella, Jankewitz.

15:3416 days ago

Watford line-up

Foster; Femenía, Dawson, Cathcart, Masina; Hughes, Capoue; Sarr, Doucouré, Pereyra; Deeney.

Subs: Gomes, Mariappa, Cleverley, Welbeck, Peñaranda, João Pedro, Holebas, Kabasele, Pussetto.

15:4717 days ago

Stay tuned

That’s it for now, but the live tex commentary will resume around one hour before kick-off as we bring you the team news.
15:4617 days ago

How to watch

This fixture will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 16:00 BST, though you can of course follow the action here on VAVEL UK with minute-by-minute updates on all the goings on during the match.

 

You can also catch the highlights on BBC One’s Match of the Day 2, which will air at 22:30 BST; alternatively, a short highlights package will become available on the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel once the game has finished.

15:4617 days ago

Ralph Hasenhuttl quotes

“The last game we played against them was an important one for sure, but in the end we are speaking about a new game.

 

“Now in this time of the season you will face teams that are playing for everything, either Champions League qualification or to avoid relegation.

 

“We are also not 100% safe and we need points, so if you go there and you think you can just play football then you are wrong, you must take the fight there and if you don’t, you have no chance. We must invest more, sprint more and play better.”

15:4617 days ago

Nigel Pearson quotes

“I’m not worried, I’ve got confidence in my players. We’ve got winnable games coming up and it’s just important that we play well in those.

 

“It’s up to us to retain the option of things being in our own hands. That’s all it is. We’ve got to continue to look to improve, look to be as good as we can be and it’s very straightforward in my mind in that regard.

 

“It shows you how tough the Premier League is. It’s about getting enough points to stay up, it’s as simple as that.”

15:4617 days ago

Southampton team news

The Saints have arranged fitness tests for winger Sofiane Boufal and midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.


Jack Stephens and Moussa Djenepo are both suspended for this fixture.

15:4517 days ago

Watford team news

The Hornets face no new fitness concerns, though Pearson may decide to make changes from the team that put in a disappointing performance at Burnley on Thursday.


Gerard Deulofeu, Daryl Janmaat and Isaac Success all remain long-term absentees.

15:4517 days ago

Match facts

Of the last 13 meetings, Watford have emerged victorious from just one — this follows a run of six consecutive wins over the Saints in all competitions.

 

The Hornets are also winless in six home league encounters with Southampton since 2007 (D4, L2), and have kept just one home Premier League clean sheet against these opponents from five ties at Vicarage Road.

15:4517 days ago

Last meeting

The most recent encounter between the sides took place at the end of November, when St Mary’s Stadium oversaw a 2-1 victory for Southampton in what was at the time a crucial fixture in an intriguing relegation dogfight.

 

Watford took the lead through record signing Ismaïla Sarr, but surrendered the points in the space of five second-half minutes, granting the Saints their first league win for well over two months — it was no surprise, given the gravity of the result and the manner in which it was decided, that said night on the south coast marked the end of the road for Quique Sánchez Flores, and eventually the subsequent appointment of current head coach Nigel Pearson.

15:4517 days ago

Southampton's form

One of the obvious candidates for relegation amid a poor run of form earlier in the season, the Saints have turned their fortunes around and — bar a spectacular collapse on their behalf — should be as good as safe for the remainder of this campaign.

 

Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side returned to action with a 3-0 drubbing over bottom-of-the-table Norwich City just over a week ago, though they did suffer to Arsenal in their last assignment with centre-back Jack Stephens receiving a straight red card.

 

Southampton currently sit 14th in the Premier League table.

15:4517 days ago

Watford's form

Suffice it to say that the Hornets have not hit the ground running since the return of the Premier League following its three-month hiatus, though there remain many points to be won and no clear reason to lose hope of survival just yet.

 

They followed up their dramatic and somewhat impressive draw with Leicester City with an uninspiring defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor, a game in which Watford were lucky not to concede in the first half before being made to pay for their profligacy despite showing more promise in the second.

 

Watford currently sit 16th in the Premier League table.

15:4417 days ago

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