Date:Friday August 23 2013
St Marys Stadium
24th August 2013
Sunderland go into the second game of the season looking for a win at Southampton after a disappointing start at the Stadium of Light last weekend when they lost to Fulham.
It was a game that the Black Cats should have taken all the points from, but they were caught out with a sucker punch from the corner flag that cost them dear. There was certainly plenty of chances for the home side and considering it was the first day of the season, Johnson, Altidore and Cabral all showed signs of being very useful this season.
This Saturday's opponents started off with a good win at West Brom and it was man of the moment Rickie Lambert who grabbed the winner, add that to his goal for England and you have a striker on a high who is capable of turning a game, he will need to be watched.
It's a long way to the south coast; getting something from this game will make a long trip home more fun.
Paolo Di Canio: "I had a long conversation with Pochettino last season after our game at the Stadium of Light.
"I liked him - he was very good, very intelligent, a good lad and I like his style of football.
"He wants to play football with movement and understanding and he wants it to be attractive and exciting.
"I wished him the best of luck because we are in a similar situation.
"He was new to the Premier League and so was I, and we both want to establish a good reputation here.
"He made an impact at Southampton, but, when we talked last season, we talked about how we both hoped we would both stay up and maybe go on to compete for higher places in the league."
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino could well give new boy Dani Osvaldo a part to play in this game.
The Italian international arrives at St Marys as Southampton's joint record signing.
Calum Chambers could retain his place with Nathaniel Clyne not quite at full fitness after suffering a pre-season injury.
Southampton (from): Boruc, K Davis, Gazzaniga, Chambers, Clyne, Fonte, Fox, Hooiveld, Lovren, Shaw, Yoshida, Cork, S Davis, Guly, Isgrove, Lallana, Ramirez, Schneiderlin, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Lambert, Mayuka, Osvaldo, Rodriguez.
Probably an obvious choice but he is so dangerous if not marked properly as he has proved with a goal for England on his debut and scoring the winner against the Baggies last week.
Craig Gardner is back from suspension so stands a chance of being picked.
Defender Phil Bardsley remains on the sidelines with a knee problem, meaning that Wes Brown could feature if he recovers from a knee injury.
Di Canio is likely to keep the faith in defender Valentin Roberge and may hand his latest signing Charis Mavrias a role in the side.
Sunderland (from): Mannone, Pickford, Westwood, Brown, Celustka, Cuellar, Diakite, O'Shea, Roberge, Ba, Cabral, Colback, Gardner, Giaccherini, Johnson, Karlsson, Larsson, Mavrias, Sessegnon, Vaughan, Altidore, Ji, Wickham.
Missed a couple of chances last week and was also very unlucky to not get on the score sheet. Southampton would be wise to watch him.
Southampton have now broken their transfer record for the second time in the window after signing Pablo Daniel Osvaldo for £15m. Only two players (Cavani 29 and Di Natale 24) scored more Serie A goals than the 27 year-old striker, who netted 16.
Following defeat to Fulham on the opening day, Sunderland have won just two of their last 16 Premier League matches.
Referee: Lee Mason.
Assistants: A Halliday, S Long.
Fourth Official: S Hooper.
Got to go for a 2-2 draw.
Tue 27th 19:45 Capital One Cup
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Date:Friday August 23 2013
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