Joe the Saint looks forward to Sunday's game: Having only played one away game since the end of October, Saints away form going into Sundays game at the Valley is a bit difficult to summarize. Three wins one draw and four defeats have hardly made us away day specialists so far this season. Indeed our home form is equally inconsistent and hence the reason we currently occupy a position outside the play offs.
Last season's talisman Ricky Lambert has failed to emulate his goal scoring feats so far this season (but remains joint top scorer!) and the main goal scoring threat up front has come from Lee 'Wanted by Scotland Yard' Barnard who has scored in all three away wins, Adam Lallana, and the pacey Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, son of ex Portsmouth and England winger Mark Chamberlain who along with Lallana is rumoured to be on his way to any number of Premiership clubs come the January sales.
Ex Addick Frazer Richardson has been sidelined by injury for much of the season while Saints most consistent performer and ex Palace defender Jose Fonte is no doubt assured of an equally warm welcome on Boxing Day. The Valley has certainly not proved to be a happy hunting ground for Saints over the years and December 1977 was the last time three points returned to the South Coast. That season was also the last time Saints were promoted. Thirty three years without going up how many teams can match that !?
Prediction? Games between the sides are usually decided by the odd goal or end in a stalemate, so will go for 1-1.