After getting knocked out of the Carabao Cup in midweek on penalties after drawing 1-1 in 90 minutes against Chelsea, Southampton are back in Premier League action today, with a match against Watford next up for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
Speaking ahead of the clash against the Hornets at Vicarage Road, Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed that striker Armando Broja, who has scored in their two previous league games, will miss the match today with an ankle injury.
Taking this into account, here’s how we feel Southampton will line up against Watford, with six changes from the starting XI at Stamford Bridge.
After making 13 saves in midweek and ultimately earning himself a brilliant overall match rating of 9.8/10 from SofaScore, we feel that Hasenhuttl will reward Fraser Forster for his efforts in midweek with his first Premier League start of the campaign ahead of Alex McCarthy, who has played every minute of league action for the Saints so far this term.
In defence, similarly to Forster, we think the Southampton boss will give Lyanco his first taste of Premier League action this season after impressing in midweek alongside Mohammed Salisu, which leaves no place in the side for Jan Bednarek.
For the full-back positions, we reckon Valentino Livramento, who scored his first Saints goal in their 2-2 draw against Burnley, will resume his place at right-back, with Romain Perraud returning at left-back.
In midfield, with James Ward-Prowse back available for selection after completing his three-game ban, we think Hasenhuttl will have no issue putting him back in the side alongside the dependable Oriol Romeu, with Stuart Armstrong and the £13.5m-rated Ibrahima Diallo dropping down to the substitutes’ bench.
On the wings, we reckon Hasenhuttl will go with Nathan Redmond on the left and Theo Walcott on the right seeing as Mohamed Elyounoussi underwent surgery on his hand earlier this week.
Up top, with Broja unavailable, it would make sense for Hasenhuttl to go with the duo of Che Adams, who scored in midweek at Stamford Bridge, and Adam Armstrong, who also featured against Thomas Tuchel’s side and put in a strong performance.