Head-to-Head

Premier League Head-to-Head: Sadio Mane (Southampton) vs Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth)
1st November 2015

It is an all south-coast clash on Sunday in the Premier League as Southampton host newly promoted AFC Bournemouth at St Mary’s Stadium this weekend (16:00).

The Saints, who reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup after defeating Aston Villa 2-1 in midweek, currently sit eighth in the Premier League after their opening ten fixtures.

Meanwhile the Cherries, who were in fact knocked out of the same club competition earlier this week by Liverpool (1-0), hover just two points above the bottom three after their 5-1 thrashing at home to Tottenham last weekend.

Senegal international Sadio Mane is enjoying a fruitful spell in front of goal for Ronald Koeman’s hosts so far this term, scoring three and assisting four goals in the Premier League, meanwhile opposing winger Matt Ritchie has been Bournemouth’s outstanding performer so far in the club’s first-ever top-flight campaign with two strikes of his own.

With both forwards set to feature for Southampton and Bournemouth respectively this Sunday, here is how both Mane and Ritchie match up so far this season…

Sadio Mane
  • Club:
    Southampton
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  • Position:
    Forward
  • Height:
    1.75m
  • Birth Date:
    April 10, 1992
  • Birth Place:
    Sedhiou, Senegal
  • Clubs:
    FC Metz, Red Bull Salzburg, Southampton
  • International:
    Senegal (28 caps, 8 goals)
what he says
"I can't see any players in the league who have the same speed as Sadio. I have always asked him to use that speed and use that movement, and the rest of the players know that is his quality" - Ronald Koeman, Southampton boss.
did you know
Mane holds the record for the Premier League's fastest-ever hat-trick after he netted three times against Aston Villa in just 2 minutes and 56 seconds last season.
premier league 2015-16 stats
  • Games:
    10
  • Goals:
    3
  • Assists:
    4
  • Key passes:
    10
  • Shot accuracy:
    52%
  • Pass accuracy:
    82%
  • Goals per 90 mins:
    0.36
  • Take ons:
    27
Matt Ritchie
  • Club:
    Bournemouth
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  • Position:
    Forward
  • Height:
    September 10, 1989
  • Birth Date:
    1.73m
  • Birth Place:
    Gosport, England
  • Clubs:
    Portsmouth, Dagenham & Redbridge (Loan), Notts County (Loan), Swindon Town, Bournemouth
  • International:
    Scotland (7 caps, 2 goals)
what he says
"It was a moment of real brilliance. The first touch won't get talked about but it was excellent and gave him the opportunity to hit it with his trusted left foot and what a strike" - Eddie Howe, Bournemouth boss, after Ritchie's goal against Sunderland.
did you know
Ritchie started his career at Southampton's arch-rvials Portsmouth, going onto make ten first-team appearances for Pompey.
premier league 2015-16 stats
  • Games:
    10
  • Goals:
    2
  • Assists:
    1
  • Key passes:
    10
  • Shot accuracy:
    36%
  • Pass accuracy:
    75%
  • Goals per 90 mins:
    0.20
  • Take ons:
    2
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