Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton are back in action tonight, desperate to bounce back from their humiliating 4-0 loss away at Aston Villa at the weekend.
Sitting in ninth place in the Premier League table, the Saints could move to within two points of Wolves in eighth, should they earn a victory up against a revitalised Newcastle United side.
At the weekend, Hasenhuttl was without one of his star defenders, while another was left on the bench and replaced ineffectively, but with both available tonight, the Austrian manager is likely to make two changes to his starting line-up.
With that being said, here is how we think Southampton will line-up tonight against Newcastle, as well as the latest team and injury news…
After Hasenhuttl revealed that Mohammed Salisu, who is rated at £9m by Transfermarkt, could be available for selection tonight, we expect him to start as well as Kyle Walker-Peters, with the £25k per week Englishman having his best season in the Premier League so far.
Salisu, who has been described as a “nasty” defender to come up against in a duel by Hasenhuttl, has been missing for a few games now after suffering a hamstring injury, but he was pictured in first-team training at the start of the week, and his manager admitted in the pre-match press conference that there is a chance he could play today.
Meanwhile, Walker-Peters, who has been described as a “role model” by his boss, has filled in well at left-back this season when called upon – and is likely to get the nod over Romain Perraud who had a disastrous game against Villa at the weekend.
Completing the backline will be Fraser Forster in goal, with Jan Bednarek and Tino Livramento the other two defenders.
In midfield, James Ward-Prowse will line up once again with Oriol Romeu, with wingers Stuart Armstrong and Mohamed Elyounoussi retaining their positions in the team.
Che Adams and Armando Broja will likely continue their solid partnership up top, which has conjured up 13 Premier League goals between them.