Premier League action continues for Southampton which is currently holding the 14th spot in the general rankings, at a safe distance from a danger zone, as they have ten points more than relegation-worried Burnley.
They did a decent job in their latest appearance away against Tottenham when they managed to take a point in a 1:1 draw, definitely deserving a bit more in this clash in my opinion.
Southampton boosted their morale even more last weekend when they booked their ticket for further progress in FA Cup when they outplayed Swansea with a 3:2 result after an extra time, and are surely eager to start their 2022 Premier League campaign in the best way possible.
Defender Valery (1/0) is suspended, while the Saints miss goalkeeper McCarthy (15/0), defenders Walker-Peters (15/0), Livramento (18/1), midfielders Djenepo (8/0) and Smallbone (1/0).
Brentford, also, has a good reason to approach this clash with a maximum engagement into taking all three, as they started the new year in the best way possible when they outplayed Aston Villa 2:1 at home and ended their losing momentum.
Furthermore, they did a good job in the Fa Cup campaign last Saturday on the road against Port Vale, as they were quite confident and recorded a 1:4 victory.
Brentford currently holds the 12th spot in the Premier League rankings, having two points more compared to their opponents in the upcoming clash, surely hoping to continue to appear with more overall stability.
The guests miss goalkeeper Raya (9/0), defenders Henry (16/2), Jorgensen (7/1), Goode (6/0), midfielder Onyeka (17/1) and a couple of long-term absentees.
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Either way, goals are expected
I have no doubts that each of them will approach this clash with a full focus in recording a victory, as in case of which, they can establish them strongly in the middle. There is no significant quality gap between these two and I am certain that they are more than capable to respond in case of a conceded goal in the upcoming clash, in which it is very difficult to see one side walking away with a clean sheet, regardless of some problems considering their player disposal.