Football: Weekend guide to the Premiership: Southampton v Leeds United Last season: 0-2

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MATT LE TISSIER is poised to return to Southampton's starting line-up. The Guernseyman has not started any of the last five matches after limping off against Premiership leaders Chelsea with a calf strain last month but he has now fully recovered. Club captain Jason Dodd (ankle) is in line for a recall to strengthen the defence that was torn apart in his absence in the 7-1 mauling at Liverpool two weeks ago. Gary Monk continues at the centre of defence alongside Claus Lundekvam. Ken Monkou serves the second game of a three-match ban. Francis Benali is out for a further three weeks with a broken arm. David Hirst and John Beresford are still out with long-term knee problems.

Leeds manager David O'Leary will have four key players back this afternoon. Lucas Radebe returns as captain following international duty with South Africa last week, while Alan Smith, Lee Bowyer and Alfie Haaland are all free from suspension. Left-back Danny Granville, who came off at half- time of last week's 5-1 FA Cup win at Portsmouth, is out with a hamstring strain, while Stephen McPhail is also out, with a knee injury.

SOUTHAMPTON (from): Jones, Dodd, Lundekvam, Monk, Colleter, Le Tissier, M.Hughes, Howells, Oakley, Ostenstad, Beattie, Hiley, Marshall, Ripley, Bridge, Stensgaard.

LEEDS UNITED (from): Martyn, Haaland, Radebe, Wetherall, Korsten, Wijnhard, Hasselbaink, Ribeiro, Bowyer, Hopkin, Halle, Kewell, Harte, Woodgate, Jackson, Smith, Jones, Robinson.

Suspensions: Southampton: Monkou.

Referee: S Dunn.

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