Southampton face another tough game in the Premier League on Saturday, as they welcome Manchester City to St Mary’s.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side picked up another important point in midweek in their 1-1 draw against Arsenal, but they arguably should’ve come away with all three after the hosts were reduced to ten men.
As a result, the Austrian manager may well be keen to make changes to his starting eleven ahead of the game against City, as a win would keep the Saints firmly inside the top-four spots.
Here’s how Football FanCast expects Hasenhuttl to line his side up at St Mary’s, with two changes from the side that started against Arsenal…
It would be strange to see Hasenhuttl make too many changes to his defence, as they have been a big part of Southampton’s strong start to the 2020/21 campaign, with the Saints having kept five clean sheets in the top-flight so far this season, so Alex McCarthy also keeps his place in goal.
There are two changes in the Saints midfield as Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond replace Theo Walcott and Stuart Armstrong.
Whilst Walcott was the goalscorer in midweek, Djenepo, who earns £55k per week at Southampton, could exploit City’s defensive vulnerabilities, with his skilful dribbling likely to cause problems for the likes of Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy.
Redmond should be rewarded for his excellent goal against Sheffield United with a start against the Citizens, with the Austrian manager also making sure that his players stay fresh as we begin the busy Christmas period of fixtures.
However, the likes of Walcott and Armstrong can still be a threat from the bench and can easily replace Djenepo or Redmond if they are not performing against Guardiola’s side.
Unsurprisingly, Che Adams and Danny Ings start together up front, with the former Birmingham City man no doubt hoping for a repeat of last season, when his long-range goal saw the Saints win 1-0 in this fixture, with what was his first goal in a Southampton shirt.