Southampton hammer sorry Sunderland 4-0

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Southampton's away form this season has been decidedly poor.

Italy forward Gabbiadini marked his Saints debut with a goal in a 3-1 defeat against West Ham last weekend and, after the visitors had weathered an early storm at the Stadium of Light, he became just the second Saints player to score in his first two Premier League matches.

Both goals came away from home - giving Sunderland the lead in the 80th and 85th minute respectively, only for Southampton to equalise five minutes later both times.

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Ward-Prowse wastefully headed wide from Nathan Redmond's clipped cross as Saints sought a third, before Gabbiadini was replaced by Long. Charlie Austin, Jeremy Pied and Virgil Van Dijk are longer term injury doubts.

Sofiane Boufal is likely to miss this through injury.

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Elsewhere, Middlesbrough and Everton played out a goalless draw at the Riverside. But most of those positive results came in cup competitions and the Premier League ledger shows Southampton have won seven of 24 games, including just two on the road.

Asked about Gabbiadini's start to his career in England, which now amounts to three goals in two games, Puel added: "It's a good start, a very good start, of course".

Having blown relegation-rivals Crystal Palace apart and taking points off of high-flying Tottenham, David Moyes' side will be full of confidence this weekend as they welcome Southampton to the North East.

Only Swansea (28) have conceded more home goals in the Premier League this season than Sunderland (24).

Sunderland have kept back to back clean sheets, that's as many as they'd kept in 22 previous league games under Moyes. The Black Cats remain odds-on favourites for relegation despite their 4-0 triumph at Crystal Palace, while their hosts are 4/5 for a top-half finish despite back-to-back loses.

Manolo Gabbiadini, signed from Napoli last month, was credited with a first-half double yesterday.

  • Tabitha Byrd