Fresh from the first international break of the season, Southampton host Watford on Saturday afternoon.

Both sides come into the game on five points as they’ve both drawn two and wone one of their first three fixtures.

Watford, under new manager Marco Silva, are currently sat in 7th place one place above the Saints thanks to a better goal difference.

The last time the two sides met at St Mary’s was on the opening day of last season. The game which opened Claude Puel and Walter Mazzarri’s Premier League careers ended as a 1-1 stalemate.

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On that day, the Saints lined up with the infamous diamond formation with a starting XI that looked like:

Forster, Cedric, Van Dijk, Yoshida, Targett, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Davis, Tadic, Long, Redmond.

In a game in which the hosts dominated possession and chances, the visitors took the lead thanks to Etienne Capoue’s goal in 9th minute, a goal which came after some sloppy defending by Southampton.

The Saints continued to dominate possession and continued to create chances as they searched for an equaliser. It took them until the second half to get it as Nathan Redmond bagged a debut goal in the 58th minute, after Heurelho Gomes was caught in no-man’s land from a Steven Davis corner.

As Saints carried on dominating and pushing for a second goal, Watford saw Ben Watson sent off for a last man professional foul on Shane Long in the 76th minute.

Even with a man advantage, Saints couldn’t find a second a goal which meant that Puel had to settle for a point in his first league game as Southampton’s manager.

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