Today's match is the 49th League meeting here between the two sides. We have won 30 of the previous 48, Saints nine with nine drawn matches.
Last season's corresponding fixture - played on September 20, 2003 - resulted in 3-1 win for Southampton, their first here since 1994. James Beattie gave them a third minute lead which he extended three minutes before the break. An Anthony Gardner own goal on the hour made it 3-0 before Fredi Kanoute reduced the arrears two minutes later. The crowd figure was 35,784.
Our last win here over Southampton was on August 31, 2002. Christian Ziege opened the scoring in the 10th minute which Southampton levelled through a Mauricio Taricco own goal on 29 minutes. Teddy Sheringham netted the winner from a penalty during the third minute of stoppage time.
Peter Crouch was on our books for three years from July, 1997 without making a first team appearance. He has since had spells at Queens Park Rangers, Portsmouth, Aston Villa and Norwich (on loan).
Kasey Keller played four Premiership games for Saints during a recent loan stint there.
Dean Richards joined us from Saints during September, 2001 having made 79 league and cup appearances for them, netting seven goals.