Southampton can be hoping to widen the one level hole between themselves and the underside three after they host Everton within the Premier League on Saturday.
The Saints can be ecstatic after holding on to win 2-1 away to Leicester regardless of enjoying with ten males throughout the second half following Yan Valery’s purple card.
Forward of Saturday afternoon’s fixture, right here is the lineup Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhüttl is prone to choose.
1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Alex McCarthy (GK) – Solely 4 goalkeepers within the Premier League have made greater than McCarthy’s 70 saves within the competitors up to now. The once-capped England shot-stopper has additionally made probably the most punches with 15 and can be anticipating one other busy afternoon towards the Toffees.
Cédric (RB) – Cédric will seemingly play as a substitute of Valery, although the 19-year-old is obtainable once more after suspension.
Jannik Vestergaard (CB) – One of many tallest gamers within the top-flight at 6’7, the Dane will have to be on the prime of his recreation towards the pacy and highly effective Richarlison.
Jack Stephens (CB) – The 24-year-old Englishman, who appears to have benefitted from Southampton’s swap to a again three, is among the few gamers to have stayed at St Mary’s amid a hive of switch exercise since he joined the Saints in 2011.
Jan Bednarek (CB) – The younger Pole has develop into an everyday starter in Southampton’s backline since making his debut in the direction of the tip of final season. As a part of a again three, Bednarek should pay attention to the advancing Lucas Digne, who leads Everton in assists.
Ryan Bertrand (LB) – Considered one of three gamers who might return to the beginning lineup on Saturday after damage, Bertrand can be beneath strain to place in efficiency with Matt Targett impressing as his substitute.
James Ward-Prowse (CM) – Having scored an important penalty within the win at Leicester final weekend, Ward-Prowse can be hoping to supply one other key contribution from the guts of midfield towards the Toffees.
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (CM) – With Mario Lemina a doubt via damage, former Bayern Munich midfielder Højbjerg might take the Gabon worldwide’s place.
Nathan Redmond (RW) – Redmond might have the chance to regularly affect the sport on Saturday if Everton left again Lucas Digne neglects his defensive duties.
Shane Lengthy (ST) – Lengthy ended a 279-day anticipate a purpose when he scored within the win towards Leicester, however can be hoping that his subsequent purpose comes alongside earlier than that, not least as a result of Danny Ings is match once more after damage.
Stuart Armstrong (LW) – Regardless of struggling to nail down a beginning spot since his summer season transfer from Celtic, Armstrong’s dedicated perspective is one which Hassenhüttl can be eager for different gamers to comply with in his bid to keep away from relegation.