Southampton v Watford – Confirmed XIs

The Premier League is back and this fixture sees two new managers lock horns for the first time as Cluade Puel’s Southampton play hosts to Walter Mazzarri and his Watford side.

Saints have just the one first team regular missing as Ryan Bertrand has a slight knee problem, while the French boss has a decision to make regarding Euro 2016 champions Cedric Soares and Jose Fonte, who returned late after their summer exploits.

The former Nice boss has favoured a 4-4-2 midfield diamond, and here is the first XI of his Saints tenure:

The Hornets new boss will have to begin the season without new signings Brice Dja Djedje and Isaac Success who are sidelined with foot and leg issues respectively.

Both Adlene Guedioura and Valon Behrami are also a concern as they are both still carrying knocks.

This is the XI the Italian has gone with for what looks to be an attractive, entertaining fixture on the South Coast: