Southampton travel to Goodison Park on Monday evening in the hopes that they can pick up their first Premier League win since early January with three points against Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have endured a woeful recent run of form which has seen them slide down the table, with a relegation fight not out of the question, despite the South Coast club going top of the league earlier in the season after a 2-0 win against Newcastle.
The Austrian manager has had to cope with a number of injury issues to key players in recent weeks and looks set to be without the likes of Oriol Romeu, Kyle Walker-Peters, Ibrahima Diallo and Takumi Minamino for Monday’s game against the Toffees.
Here’s how Football FanCast expects Hasenhuttl to line his side up against Everton, with four changes from the team that started against Leeds last time out, as well as a change in formation…
After keeping clean sheets in all of his appearances so far this season, it is time Hasenhuttl gave Forster the opportunity to start in the Premier League, in the hope that he can help turn their form around.
There’s one change in defence, as the Saints switch to a five-at-the-back formation, which allows Jan Bednarek to move back to centre-back, whilst Kayne Ramsay comes in at right-back.
With Romeu and Diallo both unavailable, Stuart Armstrong is perhaps likely to start in central-midfield alongside James Ward-Prowse.
After being rested against Leeds United, Moussa Djenepo comes back in on the left-hand side for Nathan Tella, whilst Nathan Redmond moves to the right-hand side after playing as a striker in recent fixtures.
Finally, the out-of-form Che Adams is unsurprisingly replaced by Danny Ings, who will have to be at his best in a lone striker role if Southampton are to get anything from this game.