Hapoel Be’er Sheva v Southampton

29 Sep

Charlie Austin


Charlie Austin has scored five goals in his last four appearances for Southampton

Europa League group K: Hapoel Be’er Sheva v Southampton (18:00 BST)

How to follow:
BBC local radio; text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Jose Fonte, Ryan Bertrand, Steven Davis and Charlie Austin have not travelled with Southampton for their Europa League match at Hapoel Be’er Sheva.

The quartet have been left at home to keep them fit for the Saints’ league fixture at Leicester on Sunday.

Southampton will be looking to extend their current winning run to five games in all competitions on Thursday.

“All the players are ready to play with good energy and for me that’s very important,” said manager Claude Puel.

“Some players stay at home, because with the travel they won’t recover.

“It’s important to also take the two games together, as a few days after we are playing again, so we have to manage all of the players.”

The Saints beat West Ham 3-0 in the Premier League on Sunday, continuing the successful run that began with the 3-0 home European win over Sparta Prague.

However, Hapoel have won all five of their matches at the new Turner Stadium this season.

They also beat Inter Milan in Italy in their opening Group K game.

Southampton have won only one of their last six European away matches.

However, midfielder Steven Davis says confidence is high ahead of Thursday’s match, which they follow with a trip to reigning Premier League champions Leicester City on Sunday.

“We worked so hard to get ourselves in the Europa League and we want to go and enjoy it now,” Davis told the Southampton official website.

“We’ve made a good start with the result against Sparta and it’s important we build on that again. We want to progress through the group stages and then carry on from there.”

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