Sunderland defender Wes Brown has hinted that the club's game against Southampton could not be the most entertaining encounter.
Brown feels that the two tactical styles of each-team could cancel each-other out leading to a stalemate and he has warned fans that it may be a 'dead match'.
Even so, the Black Cats defender is not taking anything for granted heading into the game - and admits it will be a tough test.
“It will be tight," he said to the Sunderland Echo. "I think they’re a good tactical team, who try to pounce where they think you’re vulnerable."
“It could be a lock-lock situation, a bit of a dead game. But we’re going there to win it."
“We’ll go there knowing what they’re going to do. It’s just whether we can stop it and then punish them ourselves."
“They’re all good passers and eventually try to break you down. It only takes a couple of people to come out of position and they’re straight into the box."
“It’s one of those games where we’ll need to be on our toes.”
Southampton are currently in third position in the Premier League, after making a good start.
They have been one of the surprise packages throughout the course of the early season and will be looking to continue this form to establish themselves as top four contenders.
The Saints saw a number of players leave over the summer, but they have compensated for their losses well with the additions they have made.
It means that Ronald Koeman's side go into the game against Sunderland as favourites, but Brown believes that the win the North-East side picked up in their last fixture against Stoke City will stand them in good stead.
“We walked off the pitch against Stoke knowing there was an international break and we were happy with three points," he said. "
“It helps a lot. We’ve not played brilliant or played horrible. But to get that win puts it into perspective really. It’s something we can build on."
“Before the Stoke game, we’d lost one and drawn the rest, we did need that win just to push us up."
“After we’ve got that, it does look better. We can build on that."