Southampton return to Premier League action on Monday night as they face Brighton and Hove Albion away from home, with Ralph Hasenhuttl no doubt desperate to bounce back from last week’s disappointing 3-2 defeat against Manchester United.
The Saints went 2-0 up against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side before a second-half fightback saw them pick up no points for their efforts, thanks to a late goal from Edinson Cavani.
Therefore, Hasenhuttl may be tempted to make some changes to his team ahead of the trip to the Amex Stadium, especially in his defence.
Here’s how Football FanCast expects Southampton to line up against Brighton, with two changes from the starting team that lost against Manchester United…
Alex McCarthy unsurprisingly keeps his place in goal after an excellent start to the season, whilst Ryan Bertrand and Kyle Walker-Peters start at full-back, although the former Spurs man is perhaps lucky that there is a lack of competition at right-back at the moment, as his performance against United was one of his poorest in a Southampton shirt.
There’s one change in central-defence, as Mohammed Salisu makes his first start for the club, after he joined from Real Valladolid for £10.9 million in the summer, with Hasenhuttl confirming that he was in contention earlier in the week. He comes in for Jannik Vestergaard, who endured a nightmare display against United, and would also potentially struggle against Brighton’s willing runners in attack.
Therefore, it seems as if now is the right time for Hasenhuttl to hand Salisu his debut, as he and Bednarek are arguably better equipped to deal with the pace in Brighton’s forward line.
Southampton’s midfield stays the same, with James Ward-Prowse and Oriol Romeu having formed an effective partnership in the centre of midfield so far this season.
Meanwhile, after returning to training this week, Danny Ings starts up top with Che Adams, in the hope that those two can pick up where they left off before the former Liverpool man’s injury.
It will be interesting to see how Hasenhuttl sets his team up against Brighton and whether we do see the likes of Salisu and Ings from the start.