Southampton v Sparta Prague

14 Sep

Southampton training


Southampton lost 2-1 at Arsenal in their most recent game

Southampton have no new injury concerns for Thursday’s Europa League match with Sparta Prague, but club-record signing Sofiane Boufal is still not match fit.

“All the team is OK for this game,” said manager Claude Puel, who is without a win at his new club.

“Boufal continues his preparation but for the others it’s good,” he added.

The home tie against Czech club Sparta is Saints’ first in the Europa League proper, with Inter Milan and Hapoel Beer Sheva the other teams in Group K.

Last season they were knocked out at the play-off stage by Midtjylland of Denmark, having beaten Vitesse Arnhem after entering at the third qualifying round.

This year they qualified automatically for the group stage by dint of their sixth-placed finish in the Premier League under Ronald Koeman, now at Everton.

Puel’s side have drawn two and lost two of their first four fixtures of the league campaign, and were denied a draw by Santi Cazorla’s last-minute penalty in a 2-1 defeat by Arsenal on Saturday.

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