Southampton travel to Leicester City on Saturday evening hoping to pick up where they left off last time out against Liverpool.
The Saints earned a memorable win at the King Power Stadium last season, which was a dramatic reverse of the home result at St Mary’s, and Ralph Hasenhuttl will be desperate to pick up another three points against Brendan Rodgers’ side.
However, it could be a tough ask for the Austrian manager, as his side are in the middle of an injury crisis, which sees first-team regulars Oriol Romeu, Jannik Vestergaard, Nathan Redmond and Moussa Djenepo all ruled out, whilst Danny Ings will miss this game after testing positive for the current viral outbreak.
Here’s how Football FanCast expects Hasenhuttl to line his side up against Leicester, with three changes from the starting team that beat Liverpool…
Despite his impressive performance against Liverpool, Fraser Forster is likely to drop back to the bench for the game at the King Power, with Alex McCarthy reclaiming his place in goal after recovering from the current viral outbreak.
Forster was heavily praised during his loan spell at Celtic last season and was dubbed “unbelievable” by teammate Christoper Jullien, so he is clearly a great backup option for Hasenhuttl to have in his side.
The defence unsurprisingly stays the same after registering three clean sheets in a row against Fulham, West Ham and Liverpool, with Jack Stephens continuing to impress in the absence of Jannik Vestergaard.
There’s one change in midfield, as Djenepo misses out after picking up his injury and with Nathan Tella also ruled out, Theo Walcott is perhaps likely to move back to the wing.
This should allow Dan N’Lundulu to make his first start up front alongside Che Adams, who also returns after missing the Liverpool game with a concussion, with Shane Long starting on the bench.
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