Three big changes Pellegrino must make to his Southampton XI when they host Stoke
Southampton will look to give their survival hopes a huge boost when they host fellow strugglers Stoke City in a huge six-pointer at St Mary’s on Saturday, on the back of moving out of the relegation zone when they drew 1-1 with Burnley at Turf Moor last weekend.
Saints looked set to stay in the bottom three following Ashley Barnes’ second-half goal for the Clarets, but a late equaliser from Manolo Gabbiadini saw the south coast outfit move up to 16th, but only out of the danger zone on goal difference.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s men are still bang in trouble and just one point ahead of the 19th-placed Potters going into the encounter with Paul Lambert’s side, but they face a team that has the worst away record in the Premier League on Saturday.
Stoke have only taken seven points from 14 fixtures on their travels so far this term, with their only win coming against Watford in October.
That said, Saints have struggled on their own patch themselves and have failed to beat fellow relegation rivals Swansea City, Newcastle United, Brighton and Hove Albion, Huddersfield Town and Swansea City at St Mary’s, and they can’t afford to let that record continue on Saturday.
Pellegrino will be considering making some changes to the XI that drew in Lancahire given the display was far from convincing, and the Argentine boss will regret if he fails to make a couple of alterations.
Here are three big changes the 46-year-old must make to his Southampton side when they host Stoke…