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Soccer Saturday pundit and former Saints captain Le Tissier gives Sporting Life his big-match verdict for Southampton v Brighton on Monday night.

Saints fancied to edge a good game

There were a couple of good games between Southampton and Brighton last season in the two draws between them and I'm really looking forward to watching this one.

We went there and won in the Carabao Cup in a game with much-changed teams but it’s still always nice to get the win.

For Brighton, Glenn Murray has always posed a bit of problem against Southampton as he’s such a good centre forward - he uses his body well and wins more than his fair share of aerial balls.

I think the way Southampton win this game is with Danny Ings picking up the balls in those little pockets of space in between the midfield and back four and causing damage in that way.

I think Southampton have got the players to do that in midfielders like Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg starting to come into his own now and Mario Lemina finding a bit of form so I think we can damage them in those areas.

Ings the main man for Saints

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Danny Ings has made a big impact at Southampton since joining from Liverpool

Danny’s really given the whole club a big lift. I think something was needed at the club having struggled for goals a bit over the last few seasons.

He’s such a quality footballer and he’ll raise the standard of the players around him as well.

You always need a decent start as a forward when you change club and he's scored a couple of goals already and could prove to be the difference against Brighton.

I know he was injured a lot but he’s still had a decent amount of time out on the training ground at Liverpool and if you can’t learn from training alongside those players then there’s no point being in football.

No great rivalry

It’s quite a distance between the two clubs and there was probably a bit of rivalry created when we were both in League One when Brighton won it and we got promoted the same season, coming second.

I think we got promoted on the back of a win down at Brighton which was nice.

Obviously we came up before them and there’s still a decent rivalry between us but it’s not really that intense. I’ve got so much respect for the way they run that club and the job Chris Hughton is doing there.

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