Southampton aim to get back in the groove as they travel east to face Brighton in the Premier League.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men might have thought they’d turned a corner with a recent 1-0 victory over Arsenal to bounce back from a 6-0 mauling at the hands of Chelsea, although a 2-0 defeat at relegation-threatened Burnley last time out has surely sunken spirits again.
With one win in their previous seven Premier League outings, they face a Brighton side fresh from earning six points from a run of fixtures against Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City. Here’s how the visiting side may shape up.
Fraser Forster (GK) – With Alex McCarthy still absent, Forster will certainly continue between the sticks.
Yan Valery (CB) – Potentially sticking with a three-man defence, Hasenhuttl could opt for the young Frenchman for a fourth game in succession.
Jan Bednarek (CB) – Set for a 17th successive Premier League start in this one.
Mohammed Salisu (CB) – Having been an unused substitute for the previous two, the Ghanian could return in place of Lyanco, who was pretty calamitous at Turf Moor.
Tino Livramento (RWB) – Enjoying a fantastic maiden campaign for the Saints and could return for a first start in three league outings.
Oriol Romeu (CM) – In line for a 32nd league appearance of the term, despite a criminally wasteful showing last time out.
James Ward-Prowse (CM) – It’s James Ward-Prowse – he’ll obviously start.
Kyle Walker-Peters (LWB) – A better defender than Perraud, the ever-improving Walker-Peters might be switched over to the left flank to contend with the explosive Tariq Lamptey.
Che Adams (RF) – A change up front is visibly needed for the Saints, so we could see Adams return in place of Stuart Armstrong.
Armando Broja (ST) – The Albanian will likely retain his spot, searching to hit the back of the net for the first time in ten Premier League outings.
Mohamed Elyounoussi (LF) – Hasenhuttl has numerous options should he wish to switch things up even more across the front line but Elyounoussi looks to have claimed a starting spot for his own recently, having started the previous 11.